“Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
the animal world are amazing bits of teamwork. One set of whales
blows a stream of bubbles, surrounding and herding its prey; another
shatters an ice floe, leaving a seal helpless.
When wolves stalk
bison, there's team strategy on both sides. And, this delightful hour
shows, some partnerships link different species. Hippos submerge, so
fish can eat their bugs ... and even clean their teeth. One bird
guides a wolverine to its prey, then grabs the leftovers; another
II: “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
The strong ABC
comedies are a week from their season-finales. That means some
promising episodes tonight, led by this one: DeDe (Shelley Long) is
finally getting remarried.
Jay, her ex-husband,
is delighted; Claire and Mitchell, her offspring, fret about a
wedding toast. And Manny has convinced the family to go there by
train. Along the way, his mom, Gloria, ends up in coach ... Cam and
Phil obsess on a famous author whose onboard ... and others discover
ALTERNATIVE: “The Americans,” 10 p.m., FX, repeating at 11:04.
When ABC ran “The
Day After” in 1983, the impact was immense: More than 100 million
Americans – then a record – saw the film and its brutal view of
the world after a nuclear attack.
includes a long scene of people watching that film. Some are shaken;
others see their work – several Russian spies, one FBI agent – as
crucial to preventing war. Then it's back to business ... including
destroying decent lives. Elizabeth cruel trick shatters a friend's
1-11 p.m., WGN. You can catch this entire, ambitious season in one
gulp. It starts with slaves in 1857 Georgia, then sees them plot an
elaborate escape attempt. The season-finale debuts at 10 p.m.,
rerunning at 11, midnight and 1 a.m.
p.m., CBS. With last week's elimination of Kyle Jason (a real-estate
agent from Detroit), there's only one person left from the original
“brawn” tribe. That's Cydney Gillon, a Georgia body-builder;
tonight, she faces two from “beauty” and two from “brawn,”
trying to make next week's finale.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Here's a persistent debate: If kids have no rules in
college, will they still follow some during summer vacation? Axl and
Sue try to stand firm; meanwhile, their brother tries to figure whom
he's up against for middle-school valedictorian.
p.m., Fox. Every TV family seems to have its secrets, but these are
harsher than most: Cookie finally tells Jamal what happened to the
father (Chris Rock) of Freda the rapper: He was killed in prison, on
the orders of Lucious – Jamal's father and Cookie's ex-husband.
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m.. NBC. When a reality-dating-show
contestant says she was raped, Benson investigates ... and becomes
part of the show.
10 p.m., NBC. Racing to catch someone who shot her police partner,
Burgess shoots a black teen honor student. The public rages, a trial
nears and her colleagues search for evidence.
p.m., ABC. Derek Hough – the frequent “Dancing With the Stars”
winner – returns to his acting role: He and Juliette are busy
pushing for Oscars for their “Shenandoah Girl” movie. Also, Rayna
scrambles to protect her daughter; Scarlett dislikes Gunnar's
attention to Autumn (Alicia Witt).