“Grease: Live,” 7-10 p.m., Fox (tape-delayed on the West Coast(.
If you want a loose,
live TV musical, “Grease” is ideal. The plot is slight, but the
music – in the spirit of 1950's rock – is vibrant. So this will
blend the 1972 Broadway show and 1978 movie, with some scenes onstage
(with an audience embedded) and others around the Warner Brothers
Aaron Tveit and
Julianne Hough play bad-boy Danny and too-prim Sandy. Carlos PenaVega
plays his pal Kenickie; her sometimes pals include Vanessa Hudgens,
Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue and (getting a new song) Carly Rae
Jepsen. Their elders range from Didi Conn to Mario Lopez.
II: “Galavant” finale, 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC.
Lots of shows have
ended with a shrug, but not this one. The final night has it all –
an epic battle, gallant heroes, demon-wielding villains, passionate
romance ... and, mostly, lots of songs.
dumped earnest Galavant, married King Richard, then dumped him and
remained queen, with his former best friend as king. Galavant soon
realized that Isabella is his ideal; Richard managed to ignore the
warrior woman who loves him. Now forces collide, alongside some
wonderfully witty songs from Alan Menken and Glen Slater, the
“Tangled” duo. It's a great finish.
ALTERNATIVE: Football, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN; or “American Ninja
Warrior,” 8 p.m., NBC.
If you really don't
want singing teens or crooning kings, these two kinetic competitions
seem logical. One is on three stages of the “Ninja” obstacle
course, with teams from the U.S., Europe and Japan; the other has the
top football players – except for ones that are injured or heading
to the Super Bowl.
Michael Irvin leads
one tieam, choosing quarterback Russell Wilson and two of his Seahawk
teammates who are defensive stars, Richard Sherman and Michael
Bennett. Jerry Rice chose the other, including quarterback Eli
Manning and his favorite target, Odell Beckham Jr.
“How to Train Your
Dragon” (2010), 6 p.m., FX. This mix of action and warmth leads a
good night for animation. At 8 p.m., FX has “Kung Fu Panda II”
(2011) and Disney has the zestful “Aladdin” (1992).
Secretary,” 8 p.m., CBS. After the death of their father, Henry
(Tim Daly) and his sister (Kate Burton) collide and secrets are
revealed. Emelyn Daly, Tim's daughter, plays his niece.
“The Good Wife,”
9 p.m., CBS. Alicia battles a judge (Christopher McDonald), after
learning that a client from her bond-court time was wrongfully
9 p.m., PBS. This solid episode has plenty going on. That includes
potential romances for Ladys Mary and Edith ... and Tom finding new
projects now that he's back from the U.S. ... and Mrs. Hughes
fretting that wives may need to cook. All of that is overpowered by a
bigger issue: The dowager (Maggie Smith), fuming about proposed
hospital changes, has invited Neville Chamberlain. the health
minister and future prime minister. The evening's ending surprises
9:01 p.m., ABC. In a change, ABC reruns Tuesday's episode, with Peggy
battling to get information about Dark Matter. That's followed at 10
by a “Shark Tank” rerun with Barack Obama.
10 p.m., PBS. For Foster (Josh Radnor) – a Union doctor – the
Civil War's nature offers a jolt; his mother arrives with his
brother, a Confederate soldier who needs surger. Also, Alice
(AnneSophia Robb) finds that her fiance has been deeply changed by
p.m., Showtime. This sharp episode illustrates the potency of three
people -- the district attorney, rogue financier Bobby Axelrod and
Bobby's wife. The issues involve -- in reverse order -- a book, ice
cream bars and (really) dog-droppings, but the sub-text is: Never