TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Burn Notice,”
9 p.m., USA.
For six years, “Notice” has
delivered smart scripts, big explosions and, at times, convenient
escapes. Now it starts its final season with all of those.
Michael – the frequently framed
former CIA guy – is told he'll be freed if he takes a tough
undercover job. The explosions and plot twists follow. There's no
real ending tonight, but it's a strong start
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “”Men at
Work” season-finale, 10 p.m., TBS
Comedies thrive when they transport
everyone to a new situation, then let odd events collide.
In this case, it's the latest wedding
of the boss (J.K. Simmons), whose daughter is dating Neal. Her
too-perfect ex-boyfriend (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is there, plus some
romantic extremes for Gibbs. The humor builds, especially during a
morning-after when no one's sure who got married.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SE II: “Jimmy Kimmel
Live: Game Night,” 8 p.m. ET; basketball at 9, ABC.
This is Kimmel's big year – moving
his show to 11:35 p.m. and preparing for a face-off with another
Jimmy (Fallon) in February. First, we see him in his element.
Before each of the NBA-finals games,
Kimmel hosts a half-hour mini-show, leading into the game preview at
8:30 and the game itself at 9. That starts tonight with Will Smith,
comedy sketches and a shooting competition pitting Shaquille O'Neal
against 2-year-old “Trick Shot Titus” Ashby.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Graceland”
debut, 10-11:14 p.m., USA.
In real life, it seems, feds seized
California beach property and .used it for young undercover agents.
Now Jeff Eastin (“White Collar”)
has turned that into a series, focusing on opposites: Daniel Sunjata
(“Rescue Me”) plays the jaded Briggs; Aaron Tveit (“Les
Miserables”) is the wide-eyed Warren.
Eastin tries hard – too hard, often –
in this pilot, packing in humor, action, drama, exaggerated
characters and wild plot twists. It's all a bit much, but this could
settle into a strong series.
Other choices include:
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, a fight between Sheldon and Leonard sends them
retreating to their girlfriends' apartments.
– “The Hero” debut, 8 p.m., TNT;
repeats at 10. Dwayne Johnson – also known as “The Rock” –
issues heroic challenges to an interesting batch of contestants.
There's a cop, a wrestler, a cheerleader, an annoying weeping lady, a
doctor who was a real-life hero and more. The result is fairy
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. In a rerun that was scheduled for last week and then
delayed, Walden has a fake identity, so he can find someone who's not
interested in his money.
– “72 Hours” debut, 9 p.m., TNT,
repeats at 11. Three teams of strangers tackle an epic adventure,
covering six Fiji islands. Like “Survivor,” this has gorgeous
production values; like the second “Survivor” season, it ceases
being fun when the contestants are too hot and miserable to continue.
– “In the Flesh” debut. 10-11:15
p.m., BBC America; continues through Saturday. First, “True Blood”
let vampires co-exist with humans. Now zombies – or those with
“partially dead syndrome” – get the same. Some people accept
them; others react fiercely, in a tale that works well as a serious