“David Letterman: A Life on Television,” 9:30-11 p.m., CBS.
Back in 1982, NBC
gave its late-late spot to David Letterman, 34. He'd been a
weatherman, a game-show player, a regular on Mary Tyler Moore's
variety show; he'd also had a failed daytime show.
But latenight was
perfect for a quiet eccentric. Letterman did 11 years on NBC, then
turned a wasteland (CBS' 11:35 p.m. spot) into, for a time, the
center of the late-night universe. The show has faded lately, but
remains a key part of TV history. He'll retire May 20, after 33
latenight years and 6,028 episodes. Ray Romano hosts this special,
filled with clips of guests, top-10 lists, “stupid pet tricks”
“The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
In one swoop last
week, Blake Shelton went from top to bottom. He had been the leader
with three finalists, but viewers sent two of them – Hannah Kirby
and Corey Kent White – home.
Now Shelton and Adam
Levine – who have had a combined six winners in seven editions –
have only one contestant apiece, Meghan Linsey and Joshua Davis
respectively. Christina Aguilera has India Carney (saved by Twitter
votes last week) and Kimberly Nichole; Pharrell Williams has Sawyer
Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne.
ALTERNATIVE: “Kurt Cobain: Montge of Heck,” 9-11:15 p.m., HBO.
Cobain's life almost
ended before the fame began. As an early teen, he weighted himself
down on a railroad track and watched a train streak toward him. It
turned out to be on the other track.
A quick and
compelling life followed, captured here with honesty and detail.
Authorized by his estate and co-produced by his daughter (an artist),
this is stuffed with Cobain's own journals, artwork and recordings,
supplemented by new animation, interviews and more. The result is a
rich and complex portrait of a life that ended way too soon (in 1994,
at 27), but made a big impact.
Mysteries,” any time, www.acorn.tv. A big-city cop – frumpy,
smart, multi-divorced – helps a small New Zealand town probe a
murder. This opener has a fairly good story, tangled up in
tough-to-follow accents. Next week's story, with a more-direct plot,
is much easier to follow.
“Dancin With the
Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, viewers were perplexed when
the show postponed its double-elimination for a week ... and when the
one person ousted was Willow Shields, a judges' favorite. Now two
people are supposed to be ousted Tuesday; Robert Heravec and Chris
Soules (with low judge scores) are prime prospects ... but nothing is
p.m., Fox. Two great villains, Fish and Penguin, are at war. That's
the season-finale; also, switch around for the season's
second-to-last “Jane the Virgin” (9 p.m., CW) and Castle (10:01,
“2 Broke Girls,”
8 p.m., CBS. Nash's modeling career halts when his mom arrives.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 9 p.m., CBS. This reruns a mostly fun episode – the
comic-book store is re-opening – that turns serious in the final
minutes, when Howard gets news about his mother.
“Bates Motel,” 9
p.m., A&E. Norman has a remarkable encounter with someone from
his past. Meanwhile, his mom is desperate, after foolishly giving the
flashdrive (her only way to get any leverage) to the sheriff. It's a
strong hour, setting up next week's season-finale.
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). As teens perform
Hawaiian traditions, this moderately involving film meets two key
people – the teacher (transgendered, now female) and the only girl
in the all-boy troupe.