TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Neighbors”
season-finale, 8:30 p.m., ABC.
From the start, this comedy – with
outer-space aliens learning our ways, helped by a suburban family –
has drawn opposite reactions. Some people consider it fresh and
inventive' some just say it's goofy.
Now “Neighbors” wraps its season
early, so a new comedy can borrow the slot. First – in an episode
with some clever moments – the aliens try an important custom, the
Earthling wedding. Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”) and George Takei
(“Star Trek”) have guest roles.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “American
Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
Some lively moments have come when
contestants tried the music of Motown Records. Now that goes even
further, with the music of Detroit in general.
Let's hope that includes the Motown
label and beyond – Bob Seger, Aretha Franklin, Ted Nugent, Jack
White, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, MC5,maybe even the Winans gospel greats.
Detroit's been a great music town; for the eight survivors – three
male, five female – this could be a fine night.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Psych,” 10
This pleasantly offbeat show has
bounced along for seven years, with a phony psychic solving crimes.
Now its 100th episode is sometimes too loud, sometimes too
silly, but often fun.
In a prologue, we learn that Shawn and
Gus helped convict a rock star of murder. Now they're invited to a
mansion, where people keep almost dying. This copies parts of the
“Clue” movie complete with multiple endings; viewers will choose
the killer, via Web or Twitter. Guest stars include Garrett Morris,
Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Curt Smith,
formerly of Tears for Fears.
– “Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS. The
“favorites” keep prevailing; only two have been ousted so far,
compared to five “fans.” The tribes were re-shuffled and there
are now four in each tribe. The Bikal trobe has two fans (Michael
Snow and Julie Landaur); Gota has the other three.
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Frankie has always kept her house in a state of semi-manageable
chaos. Now her sister Janet (Molly Shannon, formerly of “Saturday
Night Live”) arrives to help, while Frankie studies for a class.
Alas, Janet's hyper-organized style is a clumsy (and funny) mismatch.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. This hour ends with a sudden, moving moment
from Olivia (Mariska Hargitay). Until then, it's a fairly frustrating
episode that has a well-defined villain (sharply played by the
talented David Marciano) and a frustratingly vague victim.
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Cam and Claire think they're a great team on the house-flipping
project; then they collide and need a third person (Wendi
McLendon-Covey, who plays crazy Liz on “Rules of Engagement”) to
break the deadlock. Also, Phil tries to teach the kids fix-up skills.
– “Suburgatory,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Father and daughter are both supposed to solve other people's
problems tonight. George must stop Noah from living with his toddler
in a high-end hotel after his marriage crumbled; Tessa must teach
Fred (Chris Parnell) to be hip.
– “Chicago Fire,” 10 p.m., NBC. A
failed rescue attempt grips emotions in the firehouse.