“American Idol” finale, 8-10:06 p.m., Fox.
Sure, “Idol” has
faded lately; still, it's impact is stunning. It helped launch music
stars (led by Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson) and – for good
and bad – TV's reality revolution.
and final winner will be announced, after performances by virtually
every previous one, including Underwood and Clarkson. Also
performing: the first two runners-up (Justin Guarini and Clay Aiken),
plus Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, TV star Katharine McPhee, Chris
Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, James Durbin, Joshua Ledet, Pia Toscano,
LaToya London and more ... including, of course, Sanjaya.
“The Odd Couple,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
In its first season,
“Odd Couple” offered a throwback to what TV viewers have often
wanted – quick, slick punchlines that are sometimes broad and
sometimes clever, but usually quite funny.
It drew decent
ratings, but shrugs from CBS. This second season had to wait seven
months – then returns in the midst of the “Idol” finale.
Tonight, the guys become obsessed with the bickering couple (Lisa Ann
Walter and Lenny Venito) next door ... then decide they'll save the
ALTERNATIVE: “The Blacklist,” 9 p.m., NBC.
The long (five-week)
rerun streak is finally over. Now – colliding with “Idol” --
“Blacklist” starts a two-parter that will see a key change for
Liz and Tom ... and see the team try to avert nuclear disaster.
Red (James Spader)
has word that terrorists are planning to get a nuclear weapon. The
ALTERNATIVE II: “Archer,” 10 p.m., FX, rerunning at 11:02 p.m.
and 1:34 a.m.
season-opener (rerunning at 10:32) saw the team transform from spies
to Los Angeles private-eyes. In the tradition of all detective tales,
a glamorous woman introduced herself as Veronica, a movie star. They
stole a tape for her; then the real Veronica arrived, saying her tape
Tonight, that forces
a collision. Can Archer and Lana pry the tape from a biker-gang? Do
ex-spies have any future in the detective business? There are answers
in a fast and funny episode.
(1978), 7-9:30 p.m., AMC. This classic, chaotic comedy leads a strong
movie night. At 7:30 p.m., Oxygen has the Lasse Hallstrom drama “Safe
Haven”; at 8, HBO has Amy Schumer's witty “Trainwreck” (2015)
and IFC has the odd-but-memorable “Fight Club” (1999).
Shots,” 8 p.m., NBC. Already a ratings hit on Sundays, this show
fills in for a week here. For the third time in a month, we can see a
4-year-old make some sensational basketball shots.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Funny things happen when TV people plan a
peaceful weekend in a cabin. Tonight, Sheldon promptly spills one of
p.m., ABC. A potential leak threatens not just one, but several of
p.m., CBS. It's been a terrific season, but there was a three-week
pause with no new episodes. Now “Mom” is back and Christy is in
trouble: With the restaurant being renovated, everyone is temporily
out of work; she reluctantly becomes Jill's personal assistant.
“The Catch,” 10
p.m., ABC. Ben is trying to scam millions from a Middle Eastern
princess. But Alice, whom he scammed previously, is closing in on
him. Also, Valerie (Alice's business partner) tries to help her