TV column for Tuesday, April 8



TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Trophy Wife,” 9:30 p.m., ABC.

Diane isn’t the sort who says “thank you” if you save her
life. She doesn’t say it to Kate, so these two – Pete’s first wife and his third-and-current
one – are at odds.


There are other things to worry about, in a funny episode.
Pete and Jackie (his second wife) may have ruined their daughter’s dating.
Also, Kate wants to censor the PTA minutes.


TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Justified” season-finale, 10 p.m.,
FX.


This has been a splendid season, with a bizarre mix of characters.
Darryl Crowe and his overwhelmed sister Wendy are superbly played by Michael
Rapaport and Alicia Witt. They join her son Kendall, 14, plus bands of nasties
from Detroit and Mexico … all lusting for Boyd Crowder’s heroin.


Can one hour resolve all of this … plus the prison ordeal of
Boyd’s fiancé and the shooting of Raylan’s boss (which Kendall is trying to
take the rap for, to protect his uncle)? Sort of. “Justified” has had a lot of
muted moments lately and that continues tonight; still, it’s a solid end to a
great year.


TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Dave Clark Five: Glad All Over,”
8-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).


The Beatles dominated history and memories, but other
British groups have also been huge. Clark’s band did Ed Sullivan’s show 18
times, made a good movie and had eight top-10 singles in the U.S.


This special, rippling with great clips and high-octane
music, recalls those times. You could call this self-serving, because it’s
directed (skillfully) by Clark; still, he didn’t conduct the interviews, which
bring huge praise from such varied souls as Gene Simmons (of Kiss) and Whoopi
Goldberg. Most important is the praise from Bruce Springsteen and his
bandmates, plus Tom Hanks’ resounding hall-of-fame speech.


Other choices include:


“Dr. Phil,” afternoon (check local listings). This is
episode No. 2,000, we’re told. There have been 15,000 guests (referred to
61,000 hours of much-needed therapy), chosen from five million letters. Today,
the show looks back at some of them.


“Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. Friends find opposite extremes in New
York: Rachel throws herself into her “Funny Girl” stardom; Kurt is the victim
of a gay-bashing attack.


“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. McGee’s girlfriend Delilah gets the focus.
He wants ask her to move in; she has other issues: Returning to her Department
of Defense job, she finds a break in an old case.


NCIS: Los Angeles, 9 p.m., CBS. Combinations are re-juggled.
Nell is with Deeks; Eric gets a new partner.


“The Mindy Project,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox. Last week’s fun
episode saw Mindy finally nudged toward Danny, the medical colleague who loved
her from afar. Now come the complications – his former girlfriend (a drug rep)
is back; her idol (played by Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad”) wants to hire her.


“The Goldbergs,” 9:01 p.m., ABC. Adam is excited about
inviting Dana to his birthday party, which has a laser-tag theme. Alas, his
brother wants him to change it to a make-out party.


“Resurrection,” 10 p.m., ABC. After showing just five
episodes, “Mind Games” has been yanked from the schedule. Instead, here’s a
rerun of Sunday’s “Resurrection,” with Bellamy trying to protect Jacob, while
haunted by a past incident in his police days.


TV column for Monday, April 7



TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Basketball, 9 p.m. ET, CBS.


This is the big one, the NCAA championship game, with a
preview at 8:30 ET.


Preceding that in many time zones (but following it on the
West Coast) is a rerun of the funny season-opener of “The Big Bang Theory.” Back
from his ocean adventure, Leonard decides to quietly stay at Penny’s place for
a few days he doesn’t tell his roommate Sheldon, whose feelings are hurt.


TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Dancing
with the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.           


It’s a night for the Houghs to take over. Julianne – once
one of the show’s pro dancers, now an actress and country-music singer – is a
guest judge; her brother Derek leads this edition’s first “all-star” dance, mixing
pros, contestants and (tonight) Kathryn McCormick, formerly of “So You Think
You Can Dance.”


This also may be Derek’s last time being teamed with Amy
Purdy. Tonight, we learn which changes viewers have ordered in the show’s
“switch-up” vote. Last week, no one was pushed out because Billy Dee Williams
(the oldest contestant, at 76) withdrew because of back trouble.


TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “In Performance at the White House,”
9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).


This may be the ultimate concert experience: It starts with
Patti LaBelle singing “Over the Rainbow” and ends with Aretha Franklin singing “Amazing
Grace.”


In between are other great women. The line-up includes
Melissa Etheridge, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and “Voice” winner
Tesssane Chin.


TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Being Human” series finale, 9
p.m., Syfy.


It’s been a tough journey for this show, adapted from a
smart British series about mismatched misfits. Syfy cancelled it after four
seasons, but gave it time to plan this finale.


“Human” started with Aidan (an angry, 260-year-old vampire)
and Josh (a good-hearted werewolf) renting an apartment, only to learn it’s
occupied by Sally (a bubbly ghost). Josh met Nora, inadvertently turned her
into a werewolf, and married her. Also, Aidan got angrier and Sally got
quirkier. Tonight, Sally considers an extreme sacrifice and Aidan desperately
tries to rid the house of evil.


Other choices include:


Daytime: “The Price is Right” (11 a.m. on many CBS stations,
check local listings) has its 8,000
th episode, looking back at past
highlights. And at 4 p.m. on GAC (Great American Country), Kimberly Schlapman
of Little Big Town starts a new season of her cooking show, “Kimberly’s Simply
Southern.”


“The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The battle rounds conclude.


“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. Medical marijuana is a key topic in
this rerun. The murder victim suffered from lupus and one of the tech staffers,
Wendell Bray, discusses his cancer treatments.


“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. Ryan
is adjusting to the shock of Claire’s reappearance.


“Lost Girl” season-finale, 10 p.m., Syfy. Bo takes an
extreme step to stop evil from conquering the world.


“Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, the murder victim
looks a lot like medical examiner Lanie Parish, who might be the real target.
Annie Wersching (“24”) plays a cosmetic surgeon.


TV column for Sunday, April 6



TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Academy of Country Music awards, 8-11
p.m., CBS.

We can expect a night of (almost) non-stop music, sometimes
outside the Nashville limits. Blake Shelton will pair with Shakira, his “Voice”
colleague; Lady Antebellum will link with Stevie Nicks.


More pairings? It’s Luke Bryan (who co-hosts with Shelton)
with Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert (Shelton’s wife) with George Strait,
doing a Merle Haggard tribute. The Band Perry opens the show, Hunter Hayes does
“Invisible,” others include Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Eric
Church.


TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Turn” debut, 9-10:30 p.m., AMC.


Long before drones and satellites helped out, our spying was
done the old-fashioned way. Enemies posed as friends, secret notes were passed,
occasional throats were slit.


Now we go back to the first American spies, in the Revolutionary
War. Jamie Bell (the “Billy Elliot” kid) plays Abe, trapped between worlds. His
dad is a judge and a Tory loyalist, his former love is a rebel, his wife just
wants him out of trouble. This opener spends too long with him stammering in
indecision and is too quick to put him in and out of death’s jaws. Still, it launches
a story with strong promise.


TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Game of Thrones” season-opener, 9 p.m.,
HBO.


There’s another wedding looming, and in “Game” that can be
bad news. Nasty young King Joffrey will marry Margaery Tyrell; the Lannisters
are trying to be good hosts.


That isn’t easy. The patriarch derides Jaime, who’s learning
to fight without his right arm; he ignores little Tyrion. Everyone snubs Tyrion,
including his gloomy wife and the guests he’s supposed to greet. One, Oberyn Martel,
is both oversexed and overangry. Meanwhile, Daenerys’ dragons are feistier; so
is Jon Stark’s ex-lover. There’s lots of talk and, in the final minutes, a fierce
bar fight. The game is on.


Other choices include:


“Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. Zelena (Rebecca Mader) is
busy in two worlds. She challenges Regina to a battle to the death; in the past
land of Oz, she learns of a key family connection.


“Resurrection,” 9 p.m., ABC. Life is complicated for these
back-from-the-dead people. Caleb’s daughter searches for his stolen money;
Jacob is protected by Bellamy, who is still haunted by a past incident.


“Mr. Selfridge,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). As the
store celebrates the British empire, impending war threatens that empire. Also
in this solid episode, Miss Mardle has a huge change of circumstance.


“Married to Medicine” season-opener, 9 p.m., Bravo. Returning
from the first season are five Atlanta women – two doctors and three doctors’
wives. Now we meet Dr. Heavenly Kimes (yes, that’s her name), who is both; she;s
a dentist married to a doctor.


“Crisis,” 10 p.m., NBC. The FBI probes the backgrounds of
the hostages’ high-profile parents.


“Silicon Valley” debut, 10 p.m., HBO. Back in the 1980s,
Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butt-Head”), Mike Judge was a Silicon Valley engineer.
With sharp wit, he describes a world with too much money and self-esteem and
too little life experience. The characters are well-drawn and worth following.


“Veep” season-opener, 10:30 p.m., HBO.  Fueled by reports that the president won’t
seek re-election, Selena (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is preparing for her own run.
She’s signing a book she didn’t write, in a state (Iowa) she doesn’t
understand. The result has its moments, but “Veep” is sometimes much funnier.


TV column for Saturday, April 5



TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Basketball, 6:09 p.m. and about 8:45
p.m. ET, TBS.

The final four gather in Texas, with the winners colliding
Monday on CBS for the NCAA championship.


First, Florida – the only one of the four top-seeded teams
to survive – faces Connecticut. Then it’s Wisconsin and Kentucky.


TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC.


This above-average show sometimes gets overlooked in its
crowded Tuesday slot. Here’s a chance to catch a rerun on a night when the
competition (basketball excluded) is quite flimsy.


Chasing the elusive Clairvoyant, the team works with agent
John Garrett (Bill Paxton). Other guest stars include Brad Douriff and Saffron
Burrows.


TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVES: “Titanic” (1997) and other movies, all
night, cable.


Think of this as a night to journey through the life and
career of writer-director James Cameron.


From 7-11 p.m., Oxygen has his biggest success; wrapped an
intimate love story inside a sprawling disaster film, “Titanic” won 11 Oscars,
including best picture. At 8, IFC has his “Aliens” (1986), which offered an
earlier peak at Cameron’s ability to mix strong emotions with whiz-ban action.
And from 9 p.m. to midnight, Sundance has “The Hurt Locker” (2008); directed by
Kathryn Bigelow (Cameron’s ex-wife), it topped his “Avatar” for best picture
and best director.


Other choices include:


“Almost Human,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, someone seems to be
copying the long-ago crimes of a man Kennix’s father sent to jail. Now modern
technology can view an old case.


“Person of Interest,” 8 p.m., CBS. Trying to protect a tech
billionaire in this rerun, Reese and Finch face a fresh problem: With his
resources, it will be hard to keep their identities secret.


“Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the show’s
Halloween-eve episode, Garcia plans a Day of the Dead party, while others probe
murders by someone who may have obsessed on the Salem witch trial.


“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. This rerun has Ryan unsure if
a mass murder was done by Joe Carroll’s people or by someone else.


“Da Vinci’s Demons,” 9 p.m., Starz. Last week’s terrific
episode (rerunning at 8 p.m.) saw Leonardo da Vinci save Florence and the
prince. Now he’ll start his South American mission – IF he can steal a ship and
catch up with the evil Count Riario. Also in this strong hour, we learn key
things about the lineage of two powerful women – the regal Lucrezia and the
now-scorned Clarice.


“Ripper Street,” 9-10:15 p.m., BBC America. The first half
of the season-finale finds Captain Homer Jackson’s brother arriving with a
huge, uncut diamond. Soon, that’s at the core of stories involving a scam
artist, a corrupt cop and more.


“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Recent weeks have
been erratic for “SNL” – weak “Update,” some so-so sketches and some (with
Louis CK and Lena Dunham) that were truly brilliant. Now Anna Kendrick is host,
with Pharell as music guest; also, a rerun is at 10 p.m.


TV column for Friday, April 4



TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Raising Hope” season-finale, 9 and
9:30 p.m., Fox.

Sometimes wonderfully odd, and sometimes just odd, “Hope”
throws a lot at us.


Tonight ranges from a dream wedding to a bounty-hunter chase
through a grocery store. Burt grills on a shopping cart and prepares Hope for
college by teaching her beer pong. We also see a large supply of Kenny Loggins
impersonators. Some of this is clever, some not, but the season ends well.


TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Unforgettable” return, 8 p.m., CBS.


Popping in and out of the schedule, this show would be easy
to forget. CBS cancelled it … brought it back for a 13-week summer run … then
saw it start late because of Poppy Montgomery’s pregnancy.


That’s why “Unforgettable” has leftover episodes for the
next six Fridays. Tonight, the murder of a rich couple is linked to an old case
Al (Dylan Walsh) worked. He goes undercover, posing as a married man alongside Carrie
(Montgomery), the cop who literally remembers everything.


TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Bruce Springtsteen’s High Hopes,”
9:30 p.m., HBO.


Growing up in New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen considered
Walter Cichon – tough and cocky – a true rock star. Cichon was 22, an Army
rifleman, when he was apparently killed in a Vietnam battle.


Springsteen says he thought about that on a day when he
visited the Vietnam-memorial wall and then happened to sit a few tables from Robert
McNamara, who led (and later regretted) the war effort. The result is a song
that says “apology and forgiveness got no place here at the wall.” It offers a
passionate ending to a half-hour that mixes fairly interesting comments and
superb music.


Other choices include:


Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Here are master
filmmakers – Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” (1990) on IFC and Steven Spielberg’s
splendid “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977) on BBC America. Then there’s
Tim Burton’s “Lone Ranger” (2013) at 9 p.m. on Starz; it has fine moments,
repeated way too often.


“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Who
knew going home is so lethal? For the second time in four days (the first was in
CBS’ “Person of Interest”), a high school reunion leads to a murder
investigation. This one involves Chin’s class; Rob Corddry plays a struggling
illusionist.


“Live From Lincoln Center,” 9 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). James Naughton, a two-time Tony-winner, performs
the music of Randy Newman.


“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. Frank
(Tom Selleck) assigns a cold case to one of his sons, Jamie. His other son,
Danny, probes the case of a woman who died during secret plastic surgery. Also,
Frank’s daughter meets a guy (Holt McCallany of “Lights Out”) during
speed-dating.


“Continuum” season-opener, 10 p.m.,
Syfy. This whole time-travel thing gets confusing. Soon, we have two Kieras,
two Alecs and various realities. It’s a strong hour, albeit a perplexing one.


“Mountain Monsters” season-opener,
10 p.m., Destination America. This is a lot like all those ghost-hunting shows,
except there’s a chance to actually see something. Tonight, some likable “Duck
Dynasty” types search for what’s called the “Kentucky hellhound,” fast and
fierce and maybe 500 pounds.