TONIGHT'S MUST SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS.
It's an all-rerun night for CBS, but
the network is making it fun. It slides “Person of Interest” back
an hour, making room for more laughs, including two episodes of TV's
In the first, Sheldon is accused of
sexual harassment; he soon gets his friends in trouble. In the
second, he overhears that Penny might break up with Leonard; also,
Howard is mocked by fellow astronauts.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Hannibal,”
10:01 p.m., NBC.
By this third episode, two things are
clear: “Hannibal” is a cable-quality show, beautifully written,
directed and acted. Second, it's serialized; unlike the opener,
tonight's hour lacks closure.
The serial killer is dead, but there
are suspicions that his daughter helped him. FBI consultant Will
Graham takes her back to her home in Minnesota, hoping for clues …
and finds new tragedies. He's joined by his colleague Hannibal Lecter
… who, viewers know, will also become a serial killer.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Which Way is
the Front Line From Here?” 8-9:30 p.m., HBO.
Early in 2011, Tim Hetherington and
Sebastian Junger were covered with well-deserved praise. Their
“Restrepo” – a vivid portrait of soldiers in Afghanistan –
had received raves and an Oscar nomination.
But Hetherington , 40, was restless.
Ever since graduating from Oxford, he had traveled the world, as a
visitor and then as a renowned photographer. On April 20, 2011, he
was killed in an explosion while shooting the Libyan rebellion. Now
Junger has retraced his friend's life with depth and quiet emotion.
Other choices include:
– “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Now things get serious: The five women (all impressive) remain, the
five men (none impressive) are gone; barring a rule change, the
“save” is no longer available. First are performances by the
third-season champion (Fantasia) and second-season runner-up (Clay
– “The Office,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Nudged a half-hour earlier than usual, the show reruns its
season-opener. Andy vows revenge on Nellie; two new guys – dubbed
“new Jim” and “Andy Jr.” – arrive.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. A rerun catches Walden torn between Rose and Zoey.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This transplanted rerun finds Sophie becoming a silent partner in the
cupcake company, instantly clashing with Caroline.
– “Parks and Recreation,” 9 and
9:31 p.m., NBC. In the first episode, Leslie tries to dump outdated
town ordinances. In the second, she frets about the right retirement
gift for Jerry.
– “Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox. After
learning that this year's theme for regionals is “dreams,” the
glee club ponders what to sing. Meanwhile, Rachel auditions for a
“Funny Girl” revival on Broadway. Idina Menzel returns as her
birth mother Shelby; NeNe Leakes returns as Coach Roz.
– “Men at Work,” 10 p.m., TBS.
After a weak start, this episode get a big boost from Peri Gilpin –
Roz in “Frasier,” Payson's mom in “Make It or Break It,”
Russell's wife in “CSI” – as the new boss. The guys promptly
botch chances for a good first impression; that includes hilarious
– “Scandal,” 10:02 p.m., ABC.
This rerun finds Olivia in the rare position of fighting the White
House. Her client (Lisa Edelstein of “House”) is a CEO, accused
of an affair with the Supreme Court nominee.