TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The X Factor,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
A week ago, “X Factor” mixed up its phone-number graphics –
a mistake previously made by “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Star.” The
next night, the 13 acts had to do the same songs again.
Now tonight’s show has those results. Then the survivors
will perform songs from the 1980s and viewers will vote … hoping that this
time, someone got it right.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “JFK: One PM Central Standard Time,”
10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Walter Cronkite’s most important telecast was delayed for a
basic reason: There wasn’t a camera.
The CBS newsroom’s camera was on another project; when it
returned, it needed 20 minutes for set-up. So Cronkite rushed to a radio booth;
audio-only, he told viewers shots had been fired at the President.
That’s one of many stories told by the people working that
day, including Dan Rather and Bob Schieffer. Beautifully assembled, the hour is
narrated by George Clooney, who has a deep respect for TV newsmen. He played
Edward R. Murrow in a movie and his dad was a Cincinnati anchor; here, he
describes a top news team rising to the occasion.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local
Parrots – bright, beautiful, entertaining – seem like an
ideal pet … at first. The problem is that they expect a human’s full attention
for their entire lives … and they can live for 80 years or more.
That leaves masses of parrots needing new homes. We see
several people who rescue a few … and one couple with 300. This is the seventh
“Nature” film directed by Allison Argo, a former actress who is a gifted
filmmaker and a superb narrator. Amid a cascade of sad stories, she manages to
give us two soaringly upbeat moments near the end of the hour.
Other choices include:
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC. Word is spreading about Aaron, who seemingly
died and yet didn’t. Meanwhile, relationships remain difficult between Rachel,
Gene (Stephen Collins) and Charlie.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Tired of being mocked by her
family, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) finds solace with a rescued dog. Meanwhile,
her daughter actually makes the volleyball team; her son is flunking college
classes and needs help from his middle-school brother.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. This is what the show does
best – putting all its characters in one busy place. Now it’s a school fair,
where Jay is supposed to be the fair’s cop and Andy the nanny (Adam DeVine) has
an awkward meeting with Haley. Also, Phil and Claire have different anniversary
“Nashville,” 10 p.m.,
ABC. Last week at this time, Brad Paisley was co-hosting the Country Music Association
awards. Now his wife (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is busy stirring fictional
discontent. She plays Peggy, who had an affair with Rayna’s husband; now he’s
mayor and ready to marry her. Meanwhile, Rayna is getting closer to Luke, while
nudginhg Deacon to help parent their daughter.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. Even for
this Las Vegas team, this is a first: A body has been found inside an enormous