“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Here's an important
lesson for all of us; never ask the kids: “When you're a parent, is
there anything you'll do differently than I did?” The problem, it
seems, is that kids will answer.
Heaton) asks that and is soon wallowing in regrets. That's during a
hiliarious Mother's Day episode that includes a tea party, some
wayward gifts, Frankie's own mom (played by four-time Oscar-nominee
Marsha Mason) and even some dabs of emotion.
II: “American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
recapture its old dominance, “Idol” shakes up its formula.
Tonight, it sends the final four (not three) to their home towns. It
trims to three (not two) for next week's finale ... which will be a
week earlier than usual.
Last week, Tyanna
Jones was dumped, leaving one woman (Jax) amd three guys (Clark
Beckham, Nick Fradiani and Rayvon Owen). Tonight, each chooses one
song and has two others chosen by the judges and by mentor Scott
ALTERNATIVE: “Nova,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
As the U.S. entered
World War II, people may have considered it a distant war. Actually,
this film says, it was close to home: Nazis sank 609 ships in
American waters, costing 5,000 lives.
The history portions
of this film are intriguing. The other portions -- searching for a
U-boat that was sunk near New Orleans -- are so-so.
p.m., CBS. Two weeks from the finale, the former “blue-collar”
tribe has a majority. Last week, Yahoo executive Shirin Oskani was
ousted, leaving two “white-collar” people, with one “no-collar”
(Will Sims) and four blue. Before tonight's ouster, people get a
chance to help an orphanage.
p.m., PBS (check local listings). Getting a pretty and chatty pet
sounds promising, but this terrific rerun offers the down side:
Parrots latch on emotionally, dominate lives ... and can live 80
8:30 p.m., ABC. This is set in the 1980s, when music videos soared.
So Adam schemes with his mom., planning a video that would help his
sister get into the Juilliard music school.
9 p.m., ABC. Alex finds herself tied for valedictorian with her
nemesis. Now this may be decided by the one gym class neither has
p.m., ABC. Even in easy times, Juliette was tough to work for; now
her people suspect post-partum depression. Also, one secret (Deacon's
cancer) is out; another (the Will-Kevin romance) may be there soon.
10 p.m., Pop. In the drolly clever opener, a once-wealthy family
owned nothing except a town it couldn't sell. Now (after 9 and 9:30
p.m. reruns) the season-finale has a possible buyer.
“Big Time in
Hollywood, FL,” 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. With big dreams and
tiny talent, the brothers keep stumbling. Already fooled by a
malicious movie star (Cuba Gooding Jr., in a perverse version of
himself), they've now been kidnapped. Also in this funny episode,
couples therapy prods their dad's daydreams.