TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m.,
Last week was a rough one for the dancers; four were dumping,
including the two who specialized in Latin ballroom. That gives the show its final
10, half of them contemporary or jazz dancers; there are two tappers, a popper
(really), a ballerina and a ballroom dancer.
Tonight, each dances with an all-star, ranging from veteran
Twitch to last year’s champion, Amy Yakima. Also, Christina Perri sings
“Burning Gold”; she was a waitress in 2010, when the show used her ballad “Jar
of Hearts”; she was soon signed, the song broke into the top 20 and both her
albums reached No. 4.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Extant,” 10 p.m., CBS.
In a belated burst of logic, CBS has nudged this show back
an hour. That means the summer’s two scripted ratings leaders (each a richly
crafted science-fiction tale from Steven Spielberg) are at 10 p.m. -- Mondays for
“Under the Dome” and Wednesdays for “Extant.”
Tonight, there are doubts that Molly (Halle Berry) really is
pregnant after her solo space mission. Her husband (Goran Visjnic) frets about
her mental state and disagrees with Julie, his science colleague, about her
treatment. Also, there’s a setback with the android son he helped develop.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Skin Wars” (9 p.m., Game Show
Network) and “Top Chef: Duels” (10 p.m., Bravo) debuts.
On one hand, give these shows zero points for originality;
“Top Chef” copies itself; “Skin Wars” copies every other competition show. On
the other, the contestants show awesome talent.
“Chef” starts its series of one-on-one challenges with Richard
Blais (previously a champion) and Marcel Vigneron (a runner-up); they’re
opposites – one calm, one described as having puppy-dog energy -- in fun ways.
“Skin” brings 10 people who sometimes need day jobs – from firefighter to stilt-walker
-- but also create stunning beauty by painting the human body; even tonight’s
loser does gorgeous work.
Other choices include:
“The Middle,” 8 and 9:31 p.m., ABC. In the first rerun, a strike
forces Frankie to car-pool endangering kids’ chance for the “no tardy party.”
In the second, Mike squirms when required to take vacation days.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Cam is in charge of the spring
dance, with Claire as a chaperone. That means Haley will accompany her dad to
the annual realtors’ banquet.
“America’s Got Talent,” 9 p.m., NBC. Five more people will
advance, giving us the first half of the top 20. If you missed this week’s 12
acts, catch highlights in the 8 p.m. rerun.
“Nashville: On the Record,” 10 p.m., ABC. One night after
its high-octane country special, ABC remembers that the music also has a deep
and tender side. This rerun features actors from the “Nashville” series; the
conversations are hollow, but some of the music is magnificent. Catch Clare
Bowen (Scarlett in the series) singing “This Town,” “Black Roses” and “If I
Didn’t Know Better.”
“The Bridge,” 10 p.m., FX. TV’s obsession with torture
reaches wretched extremes in this otherwise well-made show. Marco should be
busy with big cases, tracing a web of drug deals, police corruption and rape;
instead, he throws his effort into a darkly complex scheme to avenge his son’s