TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m., CBS.
We’re now a week away from the finale of this quirky and
Next Monday, Ted finishes telling his kids how their parents
met. First, there’s a different wedding to worry about – with both Barney and
Robin getting last-minute jitters. Ben Vereen plays the minister.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Switched at Birth,” 8 p.m., ABC
In the “spring finale,” two generations fret about careers.
Does Regina really want her cushy job with a cruel businessman? Does Daphne
want to be a doctor, sometimes helping people she fears or hates?
Both stories are excellent; two others, involving Kathryn
and Toby, are lame. But the highlight has Bay trying to uncover Emmett’s
Internet girlfriend; it propels “Switched” into a strong place.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “None of the Above” and “The Numbers
Game” debuts, 9 and 9:30 p.m., National Geographic.
Welcome to a full evening aimed at the brain. Really. It
starts with “Brain Games” reruns at 8 and 8:30 p.m. and ends with a rerun of
Sunday’s “Cosmos” at 10. In between are these debuts.
“None” is a trifle, a mixture of experiments and bar-room
tricks; “Numbers” does much more, opening with a statistical examination 0heroic
tendencies. We meet some real heroes and see that they’re scarce: An experiment
has people seem to come across a man tugging away a woman’s purse. Only three
of 10 people (mostly young and fit) tried to help; several ran the other way.
Other choices include:
“The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The first round of “battles”
continues today and Tuesday.
Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. It’s time for
the first elimination, in a field filled with variety. The dancers range from
young pop singers (Cody Simpson, 17, James Marlow, 23) to Billy Dee Williams,
76, and Diana Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Florida last summer at 64. They range
from a fierce former hockey player (Sean Avery) to a brainy math expert (Danica
McKellar, the “Wonder Years” co-star).
“The Fosters,” 9 p.m., ABC Family. It should be a joyous
day, with Callie and Jude set to be adopted, but this hour also shovels in the
troubles – alcoholism, Alzheimer’s and ADHD, plus bureaucracy and pregnancy and
more. It’s well-acted, but almost monotone in emotion … then ends fiercely.
“Bizarre Foods America,” 9 p.m., Travel. In Alaska, Andrew
Zimmern ranges from moose to muskrat. That launches a season that will take him
from rattlesnakes in Texas to Peru, Canada and Colombia.
“Archer,” 10 p.m., FX. Archer has already lost one load of cocaine
and found another. Now, in a perversely funny episode, he’s on a plane, heading
straight to a kingpin’s lair.
“The Blacklist,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. When a valuable defense
asset is stolen, the clues point to a Russian operative known only as Ivan.
“Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. A Wall Street murder case becomes
much deeper when it’s learned that the victim was an informant for a federal
attorney who is Captain Gates’ estranged sister.