TODAY’S MUST-SEE: College basketball tournament, all day,
CBS and cable.
For the next four days, the NCAA tourney will dominate four
channels. On CBS stations, even the soap operas and some syndicated talk shows
will step aside; David Letterman will be nudged back an hour.
CBS starts with an all-Ohio affair – Dayton and Ohio State
at 12:15 p.m. ET, with Western Michigan and Syracuse at about 2:45. It takes a
news break, then has Wofford and Michigan at 7:10 and Arizona State and Texas
(its best chance for a close match-up) at 9:40. The cable channels go straight
through, each with four games; that starts at 12:30 p.m. ET on TruTV, 1:40 on
TBS, 2:10 on TNT.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Grey’s Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
At 20, Keke Palmer drifts easily from musicals (“Joyful
Noise”) to cartoons, from kid comedy (“True Jackson”) to drama (“Akeelah and the
Bee.”). Now she’s on the drama side, as an expectant mother.
Meanwhile, Meredith hires a research assistant for her own
study. And on his birthday, Richard is invited by Bailey to scrub in on what
might be the case of a lifetime.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Chicagoland,” 10 p.m., CNN.
Chicago seemed giddy as it neared last year’s July 4
celebration. We see a music festival, a comedy event and the gay-pride parade;
we see some teens in an intense theater production and one propelled to a
career as a chef. We see graduations, including an academy that has every
student going to college.
But summer is also the most dangerous time. Over the long
Fourth weekend, more than 70 people were shot, a dozen of them killed. Dr.
Andrew Dennis struggles in an effort to save a bystander, then learns details
of the man’s life. These are moving moments in the third chapter of a great
Other choices include:
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” 8 p.m., ABC. Jafar (Naveen
Andrews) causes big trouble. Now Alice learns about his prisoners; the Red
Queen can only be saved if the Knave gives him key information.
“Community,” 8 p.m., NBC. The team decides the perfect way
to re-unite Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) with his son (David Cross) is a
rousing game of “Dungeons & Dragons.”
“American Idol,” 9 p.m., Fox. Tonight, barring a save, the field
trims from 10 to nine. First, Jennifer Lopez (one of the judges) sings “I Luh
Ya Papi”; also, Royal Teeth does “Wild.”
“The Red Road,” 9 p.m., Sundance. Trying to cover up his
troubled wife’s involvement in a hit-and-run accident, a cop must co-operate
with a giant drug dealer who knows the truth. Tonight ends powerfully.
“Scandal,” 10 p.m., ABC. There’s White House consternation
when Sally sets a meeting with the NRA.
“Parenthood,” 10 p.m., NBC. While Sarah frets about her
advertising project, one of her kids (Amber) tries to nudge the other (Drew) to
get his life back. Also, their cousin Max has trouble understanding his
classmates during a school trip.
“Review,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central. After plunging into such
experiences as stealing and racism, Forrest (played by Andrew Daly) goes even
darker tonight. The result is funny in a very down sort of way.