“Mom,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
After giving up her
baby for adoption, Violet (Sadie Calvano) slid downhill. She moped,
drank and repeated the mistakes of her recovering-alcoholic mother
Now she cheats on
her good-guy boyfriend and her elders step in with lies, therapy and
more. On one hand, “Mom” is very funny – a worthy show to
follow “Big Bang Theory”; on the other, it handles drama
skillfully. We knew Allison Janney is gifted; last year she won an
Emmy (her sixth overall) as the grandma. The surprise is how good
Calvano and Anna Faris are, making an ideal combination.
II: “White Collar” series finale, 9-10:05 p.m., USA.
Over six seasons,
this show has given us clever scripts, focusing on smart guys
enmeshed in scams. Peter (Tim DeKay) is the FBI agent who caught Neal
(Matt Bomer), a master thief. A fragile friendship grew, while Neal
helped catch other crooks ... while sometimes hatching schemes of his
Now Peter plans a
con against a crooked group known as the Pink Panthers ... a
dangerous move that his pregnant wife (Tiffani Thiessen) objects to.
Neal has a risky heist of his own; he often does.
ALTERNATIVE: “The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball,” 8-10 p.m., CW.
Pop music's power
players assemble in Madison Square Garden, for an all-star show.
Taylor Swift will be there, of course; so will Iggy Azalea, Sam
Smith, Ariana Grande and half the “Voice” judges – Adam Levine
(as part of Maroon 5) and Pharrell Williams.
including One Republic and 5 Seconds of Summer, plus Charli XCX,
Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Rita Ora and Meghan Trainor.
“Bones,” 8 and 9
p.m., Fox. In the first rerun, the murder victim is a country singer;
in the second, it's a swim coach. That one introduces Laura Spencer
(Emily in “Big Bang”) as an intern Sweets falls for.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Wolowitz's skills have never included
throwing a ball. In this rerun, however, NASA wants him to throw out
the first pitch at a Los Angeles Angels game.
Awards,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. Nick Cannon hosts a special that looks at
the year in pop culture. Guests including the top Jennifers (Aniston
and Lopez), plus music by Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer – groups
that are also in tonight's CW special – and Lady Antebellum.
“Two and a Half
Men,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. The guys try to convince young Louis that
Santa is real. Also, Rose is back.
9:31 p.m., CBS. Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) plays
the upstairs tenant. She's heart-broken about a failed romance, so
Marjorie invites her to the family Christmas.
10:01 p.m., CBS. Holmes and Watson join the search for a cop-killer.
Also, someone has been posting things that Sherlock said in the
anonymity of his recovery group.
Report,” 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central. After more than eight years,
Stephen Colbert has his final new show. His guest – a frequent one
– is Grimmy, better known as the Grim Reaper. Then Colbert will
prepare to take over CBS' “Late Show,” after David Letterman's
May 20 finale.