TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE :
“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
This is a big night
for “Idol”: Jennifer Lopez performs ... the show, moving to
Wednesdays-only, has its final Thursday ... and one person (barring a
“save”) is ousted, finishing 11th. That can be rough.
Each year, the top
10 singers frolic on a three-month tour, No. 11 vanishes; when the
talented Alexis Grace just missed in 2009, she seemed devastated.
Yes, there are exceptions: One tour took 11 people; one No. 11 (Matt
Rogers) became a likable TV host and guest. Still, this should be a
TODAY'S MUST-SEE II:
Basketball, all day, four networks.
The first full round
of the college basketball tournament starts at 12:15 p.m. ET on CBS,
with Notre Dame and Northeastern. There are four games apiece today
on CBS (sorry, no “Big Bang Theory”), TruTV (starting at 12:40
p.m.), TBS (1:40 p.m.) and TNT (2:10).
At night, CBS starts
with a good match-up -- Cincinnati and Purdue at 7:10 p.m. ET –
then has a Kentucky mismatch. The cable doubleheaders start with
Villanova and Lafayette,at 6:50 p.m. on TBS, North Carolina and
Harvard at 7:20 on TNT and Utah and Stephen F. Austin at 7:27 on
ALTERNATIVE: “Archer,” 10 p.m., FX.
Matthew Rhys has
been on a hot streak. He does Emmy-quality work in FX's “The
Americans” ... starred in a good TV movie (“The Scapegoat”) and
a terrific mini-series (“Death Comes to Pemberley”) ... and is
credited with writing “a rousing tale” this dandy episode is
It's set in his
native Wales, where Archer is in a sports car, Lana is in seductive
sleepwear and two revolutionaries (one voiced by Rhys) burst in. Then
the fun builds.
p.m., NBC. With its “must-see Thursdays” crumbling, NBC has put
“Dateline” here, moving “The Slap” (high quality, low
ratings) to 10 p.m.; “The Blacklist” stays solid at 9.
8 p.m., ABC. It's time for difficult attitude adjustments: April and
Jackson try to resume normal lives ... Arizona accepts the fact that
Callie is moving on ... Meredith discusses her biggest fear about
Derek ... And a patient causes Richard and Maggie to talk about
“Teen Beach Movie”
(2013), 8 p.m., Disney. If you're skipping basketball, you can catch
a musical night – either “Idol” or this movie at 8, then the
visually vibrant “Flashdance” (1983) at 10 on Pop.
p.m., ABC. A woman plans to reveal the sex secrets of famous figures
“The Jinx,” 9
p.m., HBO. Born rich, Robert Durst became a suspect in several
deaths. This film (the finale of a documentary series) aired Sunday
... the day after his arrest in connection to a 2000 murder.
9:30 p.m., VH1. If you missed this debut Wednesday, catch it now.
Actress Sara Foster and her sister Erin (a comedy writer) cleverly
mock Sara's status as a semi-celebrity.
10 p.m., ABC. Pain radiates through everyone related to the victims
and the suspects. Each scene is brilliantly written and acted; those
scenes, unfortunately, also have a sameness.
“Dig,” 10 p.m.,
USA. Many plotlines are juggled in this busy hour, ranging from New
Mexico to old Jerusalem to a boat ride with a maybe-sacred heifer.
It's simultaneously compelling and befuddling.