TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Grey’s Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Viewers have gone a lot of places with Dr. Cristina Yang in
the past deade. There have been break-ups, feuds, job shifts and medical
triumphs; Sandra Oh, who plays her, has won a Golden Globe and had a string of
six straight Emmy nominations.
Now she gets a key episode: Approaching a key decision, Yang
imagines her life after either choice.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “American Idol” and “Surviving
Jack,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox.
“Idol” has seen shrinkage in the ratings and now in the
timeslot. Starting tonight, the results show trims to a half-hour; Janelle
Monae will sing “What Is Love” (from “Rio 2”) and someone will be ousted.
The cutback would be fine, if it made room for a worthy
show. Alas, “Surviving Jack” is barely adequate; it’s the second failed attempt
to get laughs from Justin Halpern’s memories of his quirky dad. William Shatner
played a fictional version of him on “(Bleep) My Dad Says”; now -- adapted from
another Halpern book – Christopher Meloni plays the dad of teens, taking tough
love to hateful extremes.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Chicagoland,” 10 p.m., CNN.
This terrific documentary series has introduced some
compelling Chicago people, led by Elizabeth Dozier, a high school principal who
is passionate about her students. Now we learn her own story.
Dozier’s dad was a prisoner; her mom was a nun who became
pregnant, quit the order and became a teacher. After thriving in schools and then
business, Dozier became a crusading educator. It’s a tough job and this episode
– against the cheery backdrop of music festivals – shows it can be a painful
Other choices include:
Basketball, 7:15 p.m., CBS. A new round of the NCAA
tournament starts with two teams – Dayton and Stanford -- that each pulled two
upsets last week. That’s followed at about 9:45 by UCLA and Florida. On cable,
TBS has Baylor and Wisconsin at 7:47 p.m. and Arizona and San Diego State at
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” 8 p.m., ABC. The
friendship of Alice and the Knave faces a big challenge. And in a flashback, we
see a bigger challenge, when he hunted her.
“Hollywood Game Night,” 8 and 9 p.m., NBC. Thursdays are
usually TV’s best situation-comedy night, but not this week. CBS has
basketball; NBC has these two reruns. The only new sitcoms are the George Lopez
and Charlie Sheen shows (“Saint George” and “Anger Management”), from 9-10 p.m.
“The Red Road,” 9 p.m., Sundance. A week from its fierce
finale, this well-crafted drama stirs up fresh complications, as Kopus (the
giant ex-con) creates an elaborate scheme. Harold – the once-honest cop who’s
been covering up his wife’s hit-and-run accident – finds himself wedged in.
“Scandal,” 10 p.m., ABC. The president’s kids prepare for a
live TV interview.
“Parenthood,” 10 p.m., NBC. This is a good time for both
Sarah and Joel, who have finished work projects. Max, however, is depressed
about the school field trip; his dad plans a cheer-up adventure.
“Review,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central. After a
clever start, this show spiraled downhill with last week’s divorce episode.
Things get worse tonight, when Forrest -- who samples and reviews life’s experiences
-- is asked to sleep with a celebrity. The result is often dark and occasionally