TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: :”Brain Games,”
9 and 9:30 p.m., National Geographic.
The mind, it seems, is easily misled.
It will tell us one object is bigger (or brighter or faster) than
another, even if they're identical. It will focus on one thing and
lose the rest.
Magicians use these quirks, scientists
study them and now TV turns them into fun. Jason Silva is the
enthusiastic host, with magician Apollo Robbins offering surprises
and illusions. This is a bright, play-along show; occasionally,
viewers will get something right.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The
Following,” 9 p.m., Fox.
A week from the finale of this taut
season, the forces are ready to collide.
Aided by the FBI's Parker and Westen,
Ryan (Kevin Bacon) prepares to raid the compound of serial-killer Joe
Carroll and his followers. Meanwhile, some of the followers have
infiltrated the town's evacuation center, creating a distraction …
and a kidnapping.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Rectify”
opener, 9-11 p.m., Sundance.
Daniel Holden (Aden Young) spent 19
years on Death Row. Then the sentence was vacated on a technicality;
DNA evidence suggest his innocence, but some people want a new trial.
Now he's in a world he doesn't know.
The family business is run by his mother's new husband, whose son
also works there. Only Daniel's sister backs him energetically.
Tonight's first hour is filled with
eloquent pauses. In the second hour, Daniel has two remarkable
dialogs that show this six-hour mini-series could be special.
Other choices include:
– “Curious George Swings Into
Spring,” 8 a.m., PBS (check local listings). Here's an hourlong
– “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,”
11 a.m., PBS (check local listings). The amiable cartoon character –
son of one of Fred Rogers' puppets – has his first Earth Day
special, cleaning the neighborhood park. Some PBS stations also have
holiday episodes of “Barney & Friends,” “WordGirl” and
– “An Apology to Elephants,”
7-7:40 p.m., HBO. Elephants have great emotional depth, narrator Lily
Tomlin tells us. They nurture together, mourn together. Often,
however, humans confine them to zoos or use fear to teach them circus
tricks. Using vivid clips, “Apology” ranges deftly from joy to
– “Dancing With the Stars,”
8-10:01 p.m.,ABC. This has been a tough year for dancing comedians.
Last Monday, D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick tied for the lowest totals
from judges. Once viewers' votes were added in, Hughley was ousted,
with Victor Ortiz at second-low.
– “The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m.,
NBC. The “battle round” continues today and Tuesday.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In a rerun, Caroline expects an intimate cabin vacation with Andy.
Then Max comes along, making things awkward.
– “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). The Republic of Maldives seems like a
tropical paradise. Only one-tenth of its 1,200 islands are populated,
with less that 330,000 people overall. But the islands are less that
five feet above sea level and could be swallowed if the Indian Ocean
continues to rise. This Earth Day film sees the Maldives president go
to the Climate Summit.
– “Lost Girl” season-finale, 10
p.m., Syfy. This packed episode starts with Bo desperate to save
Tamsin … who is crucial in saving the caged Dyson. There's much
more, including a fierce crash.
-- "Castle," 10:01 p.m., ABC. In a late switch, ABC is inserting an episode with Ioan Gruffudd. He plays a charming man whose business parter was killed. Castle is eager to wrap up the case, before Beckett falls for the guy.