TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
In sheer quantity, this is the biggest “Idol” week -- three
nights (instead of two) and five hours.
Tonight, 15 females – ranging from Bria Anai and
tuba-playing Malaya Watson, 16, to Kristen O’Connor, 24 – take the stage. In a
cruel step, judges will send five home; only 10 will perform for viewer votes.
Also, we’ll learn the final male spot chosen by viewers. The
survivor – Neco Starr or Ben Briley – will be one of the 15 guys Wednesday; on
Thursday, viewer votes and judges’ wild cards choose the final 13.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: Winter Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8-11:30
p.m., 1-2 a.m., NBC; also cable.
There’s no figure-skating today – the women start Wednesday
-- but plenty of medals.
This afternoon, men have their finals in Nordic combined
large-hill skiing and the 10,000-meter skating ordeal. Tonight’s skiing has
women on the giant slalom and men on freestyle halfpipe; also, women have the
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “American Experience,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Alexander Cassatt ran the nation’s largest corporation
(Pennsylvania Railroad), but wasn’t your stereotype mogul. The brother of
acclaimed impressionist Mary Cassatt, he had a taste for art and splendor.
Visiting her, he savored the Paris railroad terminal and other architectural gems.
Penn Station soon became a marvel of engineering (seven miles
of tunnels under two rivers) and design. New Yorkers loved it in 1910 … then
saw it torn down for Madison Square Garden in ’63, spurring the city’s
historical-preservation laws. This film is part of a superb, three-documentary
night on PBS.
Other choices include:
“American Experience,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Here’s
the rerun of another film that deftly blends engineering triumph and social
issues. The Grand Coulee Dam provided strong employment during the Depression
and a surge of Washington State agriculture after World War II. But it also
blocked access to one of the world’s best salmon rivers, crippling a native
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. A night of reruns starts with the team
using Twitter in a missing-person search.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. Still emotionally battered,
Deeks returns to work while the team probes a murder at a company that is
working on a classified vaccine.
“Killer Women,” 10 p.m., ABC. Molly (Tricia Helfer) may be
able to solve a long-ago murder case. To do so, she’ll have to deal with the
sexist retired Texas Ranger who originally worked it;
“Frontline,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Kids have
mastered the art of finding friends and fame on the Internet, author Douglas
Rushkoff tells us. We meet a tiny skateboarder who makes funny videos, a
diligent fan who uses her room as a “Hunger Games” publicity factory, a bubbly
guy who went from One Direction fan to YouTube star with 3.8 million
subscribers. Close behind them, Rushkoff cautions, are corporations slyly
slipping mentions and ads into the videos.
“The Tonight Show,” midnight, NBC. Jimmy Fallon’s second
night is awash in starpower – Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and Lady Gaga.