“Red Nose Day,” 8-11 p.m., NBC.
This has been a
British tradition for three decades -- a mega-special every two
years, to raise money for charity. Now it reaches the U.S., with the
“Funny or Die” people linking with British producers.
There will be music
– guests include John Legend, Coldplay and the “Voice” judges
-- but the emphasis is on comedy, via sketches, videos and more.
There will be comedy people – Will Ferrell, Neil Patrick Harris,
Jack Black, Martin Short, Nick Offerman, Steven Merchant – and
others. They include Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Pine,
Reese Witherspoon, Bill Gates and Simon Cowell.
II: “Wayward Pines,” 9 p.m, Fox.
If you missed last
week's terrific debut, catch the 8 p.m. rerun. Recovering from a car
crash, a federal agent (Matt Dillon) found himself in a little town
where time is twisted and no one ever leaves.
He was searching for
two colleagues. Now one is dead and the other (Carla Gugino) has an
alternate existence. He has ominous enemies (Terrence Howard, Melissa
Leo) and one ally (Juliette Lewis), who joins his escape plan. None
of this makes sense yet, but it's deep and compelling along the way.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Odd Couple,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
Today marks the
start of TV's four-month summer season, when hit shows retreat into
reruns. It's also a good time to reconsider shows that may have been
slighted – especially this one.
When it debuted,
critics grumbled that its stars (Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon) are
no match for the people in the original series (Jack Klugman, Tony
Randall) or movie (Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon). Maybe not, but they
do a good job and each episode gives them material that's quick,
slick and reasonably clever. Catch this rerun of the pilot film, then
give the show a summer chance.
8-10 p.m., ABC. Most nights, this show – which started Wednesday –
will get one hour. Tonight, however, is one of two two-hour nights;
the other is the finale, next Thursday.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Amy has some genuine doubts about the future
of her relationship with Sheldon ... especially after he applies for
a one-way mission to Mars.
Movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. It's time for separate TV's. Grown-ups have “Dirty Harry”
(1971), a solid Clint Eastwood cop film on AMC; kids have “Cars 2”
(2011), which is fun despite a so-so spy plot. Also, “The Poseiden
Adventure” (1972), a high-energy escape tale, is 8 p.m. ET on
Turner Classic Movies.
p.m., CBS. Here's the episode that started the second season, helping
nudge “Mom” from a pretty good show to one of the best. Christy
– who's had alcohol and gambling addictions – plunges her family
toward homelessnes. Also, she helps someone (Jaime Pressley) who's
fresh from rehab.
Molly,” 9:31 p.m., CBS. The wit level of the night drops 50 percent
when this joins CBS' Thursday line-up. This rerun of the noisy
season-opener sees Molly land a book deal.
p.m., CBS. Freshly fired in London, Sherlock wants to work for the
New York police again ... but needs Watson's approval. Also, he
brings Kitty, a young apprentice.
Live,” 10 p.m., ABC. Tuesday's episode gets a quick, primetime
rerun, offering a promo push for ABC and its Disney owners. George
Clooney, who stars in Disney's “Tomorrowland,” guests; so does
the woman who was ousted when guys got to choose between two