TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Chuck,” 8
Some day, scientists may determine why
this show – which ends its five-year run on Jan. 27 – never
became a big hit. This episode, a splendid one, has everything.
There's action, adventure, humor and
warmth, all of it well-done. There are geeks saving the world;
there's a gorgeous, karate-kicking heroine and a nerd battling
Well, he's battling Brandon Routh, the
“Superman Returna.” star. It's part of an excellent hour.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Frosty the
Snowman” and more, 8-10 p.m., CBS.
After a slow spell, networks are making
new cartoons again. Four have debuted this year, including “The Elf
on the Shelf,” which reruns at 9:30 p.m., wrapping up an animated
That starts with the original “Frosty,”
a 1969 classic with an adequate story and rich use of the song.
“Frosty Returns,” a clumsy disappointment, is at 8:30, with the
2009 “Yes, Virginia” at 9.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Boss”
season-finale, 10 p.m., Starz.
Propelled by Kelsey Grammer's
thundering, Emmy-worthy performance as Mayor Tom Kane, this series
has been powerful in its first seven weeks. Now it ends its season on
Kane isn't in the race for governor,
but he sees it as a test of his power; uncovering a plot, he requires
his wife (Connie Nielsen) go to extremes to prove her loyalty,.
Also, their daughter's world is jolted.
Other choices include:
– “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,”
8-10 p.m., ABC. At 16, Wyzhir Johnson-Goslee is already a passionate
builder and designer, both for community projects and for his
family's 80-year-old home. Last Christmas Eve, his hand was severed
in a power-saw accident; now the team renovates the home.
– “Top Gear,” 8 p.m., and “Road
Warrior” (1981), 9 p.m., BBC America. For sheer horsepower, this
could be a busy night. First, the “Gear” guys test a Porsche and
race a Jaguar a Vauxhall and a Chrysler; then is the strong Mel
Gibson sequel, with makeshift vehicles in post-apocalyptic Australia.
– “Fringe, 9 p.m., Fox. In a rerun,
a serial killer is loose in the alternate world. The two teams
reluctantly co-operate, working with his equivalent persona in our
– “Grimm,” 9 p.m., NBC. As a
recovering wolf, Monroe has been helpful while Nick probes other
creatures. Now, however, he confronts a reminder of his own wild
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Here's a rerun of the season-opener, which centers on a party for the
mayor-elect, with Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett performing. Then
a supporter is found dead and the major wants it to be called random
violence. Other guest stars are Tony-nominee Kelli O'Hara as Erin's
friend Lisa and Cassidy Gifford (daughter of Frank and Kathy Lee
Gifford) as Mandy.
– “Sanctuary,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
Kate Freelander, played by Agam Darshi, is back. She warns of a
Hollow Earth scheme that may involve the bigfoot monster.
– “Onion News Network,” 10 p.m.,
IFC. This oft-hilarious show wraps up its second season by viewing
the year in review and announcing its “Person of the Year” and
“Stock Photo of the Year.”