TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Sound of Music,” 8-11 p.m., NBC.
Returning to TV’s live-theater era, NBC has a gifted star (Carrie
Underwood) in a family-friendly show.
This is based on the true story of the Von Trapps, whose family
singing group was popular in Austria, just as the Nazis were looming. Its stars
– Mary Martin on Broadway, Julie Andrews in the movie – soared.
Now it’s Underwood, singing the title song plus “My Favorite
Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Stephen Moyer – yes, the “True
Blood” vampire – sings “Edelweiss”; that has Oscar Hammerstein’s final lyrics,
written during out-of-town previews after his unsuccessful surgery. Audra
McDonald sings “Maria” and newcomer Ariane[MH1]
Rinehart does “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.”
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The X Factor,” 8 p.m., Fox.
On a show usually dominated by individuals, this is sort of
group night. Two of the surviving six acts (Restless Road and Alex &
Sierra) are groups; so are both guest-performing acts.
Last year, Emblem3 finished fourth on “X Factor.” The three
guys would go on to tour with Selena Gomez, win a Teen Choice Award and have
their album reach No. 7 on the Billboard chart.
A year earlier, four women tried out for the British
edition, then were linked. Little Mix became the first group “X Factor” winner,
with an album reaching No. 4. Tonight, both perform and one act is ousted.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “An Unreal Dream,” 9-11 p.m., CNN.
On his 32nd birthday, Michael Morton went to
dinner with his wife and their 3-year-old son. The next morning, she was found
in bed, beaten to death; he was found guilty, based on an examiner’a ruling –
false science, other experts testified – that the murder has happened in the
middle of the night.
It would be almost 25 years before the Innocence Project
could free him, while officials resisted DNA testing and release of a police
report. Slowly and calmly, “Unreal Dream” moves toward a gripping conclusion:
This story is way too common; the Innocence Project has freed more than 700
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Sheldon faces the
aftershocks, now that his discovery is disproved.
“Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox. The show pretends this was a Christmas
episode that Fox refused to air last year. That allows it to jump back to last
season’s timeline: Glee-clubbers compete for roles in a “living nativity”;
Santana travels to New York, where she, Rachel and Kurt work as grumpy elves.
“The Returned,” 9 p.m., Sundance. Two weeks from its finale,
this brilliant French (with English sub-titles) miniseries gathers power. Simon,
returning 10 years after his death, was killed anew, this time by the police
boyfriend of his ex-fiance. Camille, returning four years after her death, has
been recognized by a boyfriend. Lucy, the barmaid who was brutally attacked, is
out of her coma and can identify her attacker … who is housing Camille’s sister
Lena. Circles are tightened in quietly gripping ways.
“Millionaire Matchmaker” season-opener, 9 p.m., Bravo. Patti
Stanger works with opposites: She quickly dislikes a glib party DJ … and
instantly likes Don Swayze, a tough-guy actor with a gentle nature, who hasn’t
returned to dating since his late brother Patrick was diagnosed with cancer,
four years ago.
“Courtney Loves Dallas” debut, 10 p.m., Bravo. Bright and
fun, this show centers on Courtney Kerr, 30, a zesty fashion blogger who has
great taste in mix-and-match fashions and shaky taste in guys.