TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Believe” debut, 10:01 p.m., NBC.
Eight days ago, Alfonso Cuaron was dominating the Academy
Awards. He won two Oscars (for directing and co-editing “Gravity”) and his
movie won five more.
Now Cuaron has another splash. He co-wrote “Believe,” is
producing it with J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe”) and others and directed this strong
opener, about a gifted 10-year-old girl and the people who stalk or protect
her. At times too dependent on lucky breaks for the good guys and blundering by
the villains, this is still an appealing mixture of action and intensity, plus
specks of humor.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Bachelor” finale, 8 p.m., ABC,
with follow-up at 10:01.
In the 18 editions of this show, this may be unprecedented –
a bachelor disliked by many viewers.
Some were angry when Juan Pablo Galavis, 32, insulted gays.
(Galavis – born in the U.S., but raised in Venezuela, where he played pro
soccer – blamed language problems.) Some
found him vacant, they delighted when two women quit the show, one saying he
had no interest in her as a person.
Still, others find him charming. Tonight, we’ll learn if he’s
chosen Clare Crawley, 32, a hairstylist, or Nikki Ferrell, 26, a pediatric
nurse and part-time model. We’ll also learn if they’ve chosen him.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Teen Wolf,” 10 p.m., MTV.
One character manages to sum this up succinctly: “I don’t
think Sherlock Holmes could figure out half the crap that goes on in this town.”
Or in this episode. It’s stuffed with big moments that seem
like finales and/or music videos, but it’s also a blur. Complicating things,
only the women are allowed to be individuals; the men tend to look and act in
identical, strong-and-silent ways. There are lots of tense moments, plus a very
stylish one, as two characters dare to stroll through a third’s mind.
Other choices include:
“The Voice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Auditions conclude today and
Tuesday, setting up the battle round.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. Returning to its old night, “Bones”
pairs Booth with a CIA agent (Freddie Prinze Jr.)
“How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m., CBS. Marshall is desperate
to learn where Molly went, after walking out in the middle of their argument.
“Switched at Birth,” 8 p.m., ABC Family. Last week’s
episode, stuffed with dance scenes (fantasy and otherwise) left Daphne
determined to seek a pre-med program. Now she helps at the clinic’s fundraiser.
“Mike & Molly,” 9 p.m., CBS. When Molly’s sister brings a
guy home, people figure she might finally have found the right one for her.
“Mom,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Christy won’t admit that
life is easier when her mom is there.
“Those Who Kill,” 10 p.m., A&E. Last week’s excellent
opener left Thomas (James D’Arcy), a forensic psychologist), perplexed about Catherine
(Chloe Sevigny), a police detective. Tonight, he investigates her past, while
she investigates a murder case.