TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Parenthood,”
10 p.m., NBC.
Stick with this episode, through some
early stumbles. It meanders; it forces Adam to behave wildly out of
character. And then it wraps things up beautifully.
One story involves Sarah's alcoholic
ex-husband; another has Julia's young colleague, single and pregnant.
Then there are Crosby's troubles – with his true love Joy and with
the recording studio he and Adam are starting. This wanders, then
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Last Man
Standing” debut, 8-9 p.m., ABC.
Twenty years ago, Tim Allen's manly-man
routine was fresh and witty. “Home Improvement” spent four
seasons in Nielsen's top-four.
Now Allen is back and slightly
modernized. He plays approximately the same guy, now in a different
world. A job change has him spending more time at home, with his wife
and three daughters. It's fun (in moderation) to see Allen squirm in
this all-female world.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Women, War
and Peace” debut, 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Women were virtually absent at the
first international tribunal, in Nuremberg. All of that had changed
by the time Bosnian horrors were tried in The Netherlands.
We meet female prosecutors. One, from
Germany, feels the guilt of her country's past; another, from Nepal,
is new to this. When she heard it was in the Dutch country, she
thought that was Denmark.
And we meet the accusing victims –
women telling of brutal rapes and murders. This starts a
well-crafted, five-week series that is simultaneously horrifying and
Other choices include:
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. The team
has to decide why an assassin is targeting a Navy officer. Also, Abby
gets a surprise, when she prepares to donate a kidney.
– Hip Hop Awards, 8-10 p.m., BET.
This night will be packed with performers from the past (DMX, Heavy
D, T.I.) and present (Lupe Fiasco, Big Sean, Roscoe Dash, Meek Mill
and more). Mike Epps hosts and LL Cool J gets an honorary award.
– “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955),
8-10 p.m., TCM. The consummate teen-angst film got great performances
from gifted young actors – James Dean, Sal Mindeo, Natalie Wood and
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. On the night that LL Cool J wins an award for his hip hop past,
we also see his current acting role as Sam. Tonight, he and the
others dig into the Libyan resistance.
– “Dancing With the Stars,” 9
p.m., ABC. Before the latest ouster, we get lots of music. Julianne
Hough, formerly one of the pro dancers on the show, does a number
from her movie “Footloose,” then joins Blake Shelton for the
title song. Susan Boyle and Raphael Saadiq also perform.
– “Reed Between the Lines” debut,
10 and 10:30 p.m., BET. It was 27 years ago that Malcolm-Jamal Warner
co-starred in “The Cosby Show,” an upscale comedy about a doctor,
a lawyer and their kids. Now he and Tracee Ellis Ross star in this
comedy, as doctors with three kids.
– “Body of Proof,” 10:01 p.m.,
ABC. Medical examiners really don't like it when a body gets up and
leaves the autopsy room. When that happens to Ethan, he launches a