TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Happy Endings,”
8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC.
If networks had stuck with their plans,
tonight would have hit a new low – only three hours of scripted
shows among 11 prime-time hours on the big four networks.
ABC, however, pushed everything back by
a week when a previous Friday focused on Boston coverage. The shift
means it still has these two new “Endings” episodes.
Both include Jane's search for the
perfect and meticulous life. In the first, she and Brad duck their
friends to join an upscale club; in the second, she must plan the
wedding of her more-perfect sister.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Vegas,” 9
This show (plus “Blue Bloods” at
10) provides the steadiest island of scripted, big-network shows on
Fridays. Now, a week from its season-finale, we find a turning point.
When Sheriff Lamb investigates a
lawyer, there's a backlash. Soon, Lamb loses his job and O'Connell,
the assistant district attorney, is in the hospital. Also, Lamb finds
clues about who killed his father.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Queen of
Versailles” (2012), 9 and11 p.m. and 1 a.m., Bravo.
At first, Jaqueline Siegel seems like a
one-person “Real Housewives” series.
She's tall, blonde and attractive, with
clothes that are expensive – at one point topping $1 million a year
– and emphasize her ample bosom. She and her husband (now 47 and
77) have seven biologic children.
As this documentary starts, they're
building the biggest home in America – 86,000 square feet, 10
kitchens, 17 bathrooms, roller-rink, more. Then his time-share
business slumps, construction stalls … and this becomes a much
deeper movie. If you missed its TV debut Monday, catch it now.
Other choices include:
– “Fashion Star,”8 p.m., NBC. By
the end of this hour, “Star” will choose the three for next
week's finale. First, the final four each take an outmoded design and
adjust it to seek current popularity.
– “Remember Sunday” (2013), 8-10
p.m., Hallmark. Two weeks after its ABC debut, this warm “Hallmark
Hall of Fame” film moves to cable. Written by Oscar-winner Barry
Morrow (“Rain Man”) and directed by Emmy-winner Jeff Bleckner, it
gets great work from Zachary Levi and Alexis Bledel.
– “Touch,” 9 p.m., Fox. With her
company's quarterly report coming up, Farington (Frances Fisher)
tightens pressure to get results from the “Righteous 36.” Martin
(Kiefer Sutherland) must hurry.
– “Great Performances,” 9 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Fifty years after its first Paris
performance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company returned for this concert
. Taylor, 82, talks briefly here, but the hour is almost pure
performance, based on two Walt Whitman works. The casual viewer may
find the first to be sterile and repetitious, especially in its
music; the second has much more vibrancy.
– “Da Vinci's Demons,” 9 p.m.,
Starz; reruns at 10. Fearful that her husband would learn she's the
spy, Lucrezia Donati planted evidence on his esteemed mentor; now
come the repercussions. That's in a fairly good hour in which da
Vinci does something very stupid (and unbelievable) and then very
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Danny is emotional about the suicide of someone he'd promise to
protect. Also, his family suffers a loss to gang violence, setting up
next week's season finale.