TODAY’S MUST-SEE: Winter Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8-11:30 p.m.
and 1-2 a.m., NBC; also, cable.
We’re into the last two full days of competition now, with
medals on the line.
The NBC Sports Network has the men’s hockey semi-finals at
6:30 and 11:30 a.m. ET. And NBC? In the afternoon, women have free-style ski
cross and the biathlon; at night, it’s the women’s slalom and lots of speedskating
– women have 1000-meter, men have 5,000-meter relay and 500-meter.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Blue Bloods,” 8-11 p.m., CBS.
Next week, shows will end their retreat into reruns. For
now, we might as well catch three repeats of a solidly made show about the
family of New York police commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck).
First are the final two episodes of last season, bringing
the Reagans together to battle the gang leader who led to the death of someone
close to them. Then, at 10 p.m., is an episode that splits them apart: Frank’s
daughter Erin, an assistant district attorney, releases a cop-killing suspect
for lack of evidence.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
While Sting’s popularity was soaring, his gritty home town
(Wallsend, alongside Newcastle) stumbled; its famed ship-building ended in 2007.
Now he’s written his first musical, “The Last Ship.”
That’s scheduled to open this summer in Chicago, but first
Sting has an album and this concert, in which he talks about the show and (with
others) does the music. The result is generally good and for one dazzling
moment – a gorgeous duet that was somehow cut from the musical – great.
Other choices include:
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. Last week offered a Valentine’s Day
rerun of the wedding of Booth and Brennan. Now they try a honeymoon in Buenos
Aires … then, of course, interrupt it to help solve a case.
“Last Man Standing,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. The first episode
has some thoughtful moments for Mike (Tim Allen), after his dad (Robert Forster)
casually mentions spanking little Boyd. The second has John (Jonathan Taylor
Thomas, who was Allen’s “Home Improvement” son) complicating Kristen’s life: He’s
her boss, an ambitious young man, contrasting sharply with Ryan.
Movies, 8 p.m., cable. It’s a strong adventure night,
including Oscar-winning performances by Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight,” 2008,
AMC) and Anthony Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs,” 1991, IFC). Also, try “Avatar”
(2009, FX) or “Transformers” (2007, TBS).
“Shark Tank,” 9 p.m., ABC. This new episode ranges from Southern-style
breakfast food to a Portland, Oregon guy who powers the blenders on his juice
cart by pedaling a vintage bike.
“Enlisted” and “Raising Hope,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox. Here
are so-so reruns. The first finds Pete in an endless battle with Jill Perez, to
prove who is the better soldier. The second has “Burt Bucks” bartering.
“Banshee” 10 p.m., Cinemax. This powerful hour starts solemnly
(with a medical emergency) and ends explosively (literally). In between, Sheriff
Hood vows to disrupt the town’s crime boss. Some of the best moments involve
Hood’s relationship with his sometimes-skeptical deputies.
“The Tonight Show,” midnight, NBC. Justin Timberlake doubles
as the prime guest and the music act.