TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Paycheck to Paycheck,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
It’s easy to toss around phrases like “the working poor” and
concepts like food-stamps, day-care and college aid. This excellent documentary
illustrates all of that through one thoroughly likable person.
Katrina Gilbert, 30, is bright and upbeat, well-liked by
residents of the nursing home where she works. She’s also raising three kids on
$9.49 an hour. “Paycheck” follows her for nine months, as she ranges from good
breaks and help to sudden setbacks. It’s a deeply involving ride.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Dancing With the Stars” opener,
8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
With its ratings slumping, “Stars” has a full makeover. Erin
Andrews – accustomed to the adrenalin of sports reporting – is the new co-host.
There’s a new band (more rock-oriented), a gimmick (viewers can dictate a
change in partners) and a big opening dance number to James Derulo singing “Talk
More importantly, there’s an interesting line-up. Meryl
Davis and Charlie White, the skating champions, compete with each other; Derek
Hough, who helped coach their Olympic routine, is with para-Olympian Amy Purdy,
who snowboards on prosthetic legs. Others range from genial (Drew Carey) to cranky
(NeNe Leakes), from 17-year-old singer Cody Simpson to 76-year-old actor Billy
TODAY’S ALTERNATIVE: “AMHQ” debut, 7-10 a.m., Weather
Already very good at what it does, the channel adds a fresh
splash. Sam Champion, formerly of ABC, anchors from Atlanta with Mike Bettis,
Maria LaRosa and Anaradis Rodriguez, plus lots of field work.
Today, that includes St. Patrick’s Day celebrations from
Chicago, New York, Savannah and Hot Springs, Ark. It also includes Stephanie
Abrams – who co-hosts from 5:30-7 a.m. with Al Roker – at the show’s premiere
party in Times Square. And Alexandra Cousteau, daughter of famed maritime explorer
Jacque Cousteau, begins a five-day report on the Colorado River and efforts to
Other choices include:
“How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m., CBS. This is one of only
two half-hours before the hour-long season-finale. Gary Blauman – played by
Taran Killam, now of “Saturday Night Live” – has been in four episodes over the
years. He returns just before the wedding, causing people to flash back to
“2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. The diner crowd wants to be
drunk and wild on St. Patrick’s Day. Caroline longs for her old days of
celebrating at the Plaza Hotel.
“Brain Games” season-finale, 9 p.m., National Geographic.
This half-hour views our minds’ copycat ways, from yawns to an experiment to
see if people in Las Vegas will stand in a line that goes nowhere.
“Archer,” 10 p.m., FX. The guys are getting increasingly
upset at Sterling Archer, mostly because he tried to smuggle cocaine INTO
Colombia. Now they’ve been captured and are headed to execution. Then things
get worse, including crocodiles. The result is often overwrought and sometimes
“The Private Lives of Nashville Wives,” 10 p.m., TNT. In a
pivotal episode, this is a tough night all-around. There’s an absurd party
fight, plus some serious moments for Gary Chapman (discussing the cocaine habit
he had while writing Christian-music hits) and for the marriage of Dallas and
“The Blacklist,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. After a slow stretch –
only two episodes in six weeks – “Blacklist” settles into its spot again.
Tonight, Red’s old associate breaks out of prison, vowing revenge.