TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Two generations of splendid
situation-comedy merge here.
Bob Newhart had some of the best
sitcoms of the 1980s; now he visits TV's best current comedy. Like
Newhart's shows, “Big Bang” has verbal wit, sometimes delivered
with droll understatement.
Sheldon and Leonard both grew up
watching a TV scientist named Professor Proton (played by Newhart,
83); now they invite him to perform. Also, Howard and Bernadette must
watch Raj's dog.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Men at Work,”
10 p.m., TBS.
Is there a graceful way to push someone
away? Apparently not.
Milo wants to politely tell Molly (nice
person, dull relationship) goodbye; he fails in spectacular ways.
Neil does just as badly when he's supposed to fire a co-worker. That
adds up to a fairly good episode.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Hannibal,”
10:01 p.m., NBC.
Here's the sort of hour that seems to
demand a disclaimer.
Yes, it's skillfully written, filmed
and acted. There's great work from Eddie Izzard – as a genius who
continues to brutalize while in prison – and from Anna Chlumsky, as
a young federal agent.
Still, viewers should be warned that
this is episodic. Some hours wrap up a case; this one doesn't.
And they should be wary of the extreme
gore. The most horrid moment comes early, when an FBI profiler (the
superb Hugh Dancy) imagines himself committing the murder.
Other choices include:
– “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
There are, apparently, no more ways to stall this: Tonight, one of
the final four singers –each of them gifted – is sent home.
Before that, David Cook – who topped David Archuleta to be the 2008
champion – sings “Laying Me Low.”
– “The Office,” 8:30-9:31 p.m.,
NBC. Two weeks before the finale, we get two episodes. In the first,
Jim convinces Dwight the office is unsafe; soon, a rented bus becomes
the office. In the second, he convinces Dwight there should be an
assistant to the assistant manager; also, Andy prepares a music
competition, with guest spots by Clay Aiken, Aaron Rogers and Mark
McGrath, the Sugar Ray singer.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. Walden advises a despondent Alan to get a hip look.
– “Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox. In New
York, Rachel is preparing for her “Funny Girl” callback. Back in
Ohio, the glee-clubbers tackle the music of Steve Wonder. Also, news
could have a big effect on Artie and his mom (Katey Sagal).
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
A new surgeon (Hilarie Burton of “One Tree Hill” and “White
Collar”) arrives to help a young patient.
– “Parks and Recreation”
season-finale, 9:31 p.m., NBC. Leslie marks the end of her first year
on the city council. Meanwhile, Andy makes a discovery and contacts a
– “Elementary,” 10:01 p.m., CBS
The sinister “M” brings bad news: A man who was listed as a
heart-attack victim was on the hit list of Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes'