TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “How I Met Your Mother” finale, 8-9:01
For nine years, we’ve seen Ted in the future, telling his
kids everything EXCEPT how he met their mother. Now we’re down to the final chance,
at the time of the Robin-Barney wedding day.
Future-Ted (Bob Saget) must finish telling his kids (Lyndsy
Fonseca and David Henrie, 18 and 16 when their scenes were filmed) how he met
their mom (Cristin Milioti). Expect it to be odd and funny.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Friends With Better Lives” debut, 9:01
Like newcomers to a brash party, comedy pilot films often
try too hard; they’re louder, cruder, less funny. With that in mind, “Lives”
could become terrific once it calms down.
The opening scene is heavy-handed; the big party moment near
the end is wildly unlikely. In between, however, is sharp dialog from likable
actors. Kevin Connolly and Majandra Delfino are terrific as parents, wondering
if their childless friends aren’t happier. Brooklyn Decker – better known as a
swimsuit model than an actress – is surprisingly good as a carefree friend:
James Van Der Beek and others join in.
TODAY’S ALTERNATIVE: Baseball openers, all day.
It’s opening day for most teams, with 13 games sprawled over
a dozen hours.
ESPN offers a doubleheader – the Cubs at the Pirates at 1 p.m.
ET, the Cardinals at the Reds at 4 p.m. And ESPN2 tops that with three games,
in more-civilized times for the West Coast; it’s Red Sox-Orioles at 3 p.m. ET,
Rockies-Twins at 7 p.m. and Mariners-Angels at 10.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Independent Lens: Medora,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
Here is “Hoosiers” or “Friday Night Lights” in reverse; it’s
a tender portrait of an Indiana town whose basketball team can’t win.
Medora’s factory closed and its jobs vanished. Its people
(less than 700) feel closing the school would be the final blow. Medora High –
with 33 boys and 39 girls – plays schools 10 times as big. It’s had a scoreless
quarter, 40-point losses, a winless season.
The 6-foot-5 center dropped out for a while and now crashes
with a friend while his mom is in rehab. The beefy power forward has a reading
disability. A guard lives with his grandmother and has never really met his
dad. These are people you’ll root for, in a beautifully understated
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Athletes thrive
on this show, but not last week. Swimmer Diana Nyad and former hockey player
Sean Avery were the first to be ousted.
“The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The battle round continues
today, Tuesday and next Monday.
“Eva Marie Saint,” 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies, repeats
at 11:30. Beating the odds, Saint is a star with a 62-year marriage. At 88 when
this was taped, she spins stories with wit and charm.
“On the Waterfront” (1954), 9 p.m. ET, Turner Classic
Movies. Now for Saint’s Oscar-winner. Possibly the best-acted movie ever, this
won eight Academy Awards, including best picture and star Marlon Brando.
“Mom,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. Christy has trouble with two
generations. Her parents are fighting; her daughter is reluctant to go to the
prom, now that her her pregnancy is so prominent.
“None of the Above” and “The Numbers Game.” 10-11 p.m.,
National Geographic. First, we see someone yank a tablecloth under the
silverware … at 115 miles an hour. Then, on the eve of April Fool’s Day, we see
the art of the scam and who is the most vulnerable. Both are mildly
“The Blacklist,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. An insurance man convinces
people to become contract killers.