“Nashville,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Each week, this show
mixes good (but inconsistent) drama with consistently great music.
And once a year, it strips away the rest and just lets the stars give
a great concert.
Last year's hour had
too much self-serving prattle; this one trims some of that to make
room for music, even adding Reba McEntire . The opening song is so-so
and the finale doesn't live up to its promise. In between, however,
are great moments, especially a Jonathan Jackson solo and two duets –
Charles Esten with Deana Carter (who wrote the song with him) and
Will Chase with Chris Carmack.
II: “American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
This is the week
“Idol” shifts to Wednesdays-only. Escaping Thursdays, it no
longer has to worry about basketball or “Big Bang Theory” ... but
does collide with “Survivor.”
Last week, judges
used the season's only “save” to keep Qaasim Middleton. (He's the
second person to be saved from finishing 11th; the other,
Casey Abrams, eventually finished sixth). Now two people will be
ousted; others will do 1980s songs, with Boy George mentoring and
singing “Karma Chameleon.”
ALTERNATIVE: “Big Time in Hollywood, FL.” debut, 10:30 p.m.,
At first, this seems
kind of ordinary, even starting the same way “Girls” did –
parents saying they no longer will subsidize their grown kids. The
parents are played (by Stephen Tobolowsky and Kathy Baker) with
subtlety and skill; the kids aren't.
But stick around; a
scam emerges, with the help of Ben Stiller (who also produces ther
show) as a vagabond actor. A surprise is big, broad and very funny,
sending this 10-part tale in wild directons.
p.m., CBS. The tribes have been re-arranged and the original
“blue-collar” group has had its first loss; departing was Lindsey
Cascaddan, whose work as a hair-stylist somehow put her with an oil
driller, cop and rodeo rider.The others (“white collar” and “no
collar”) have lost two people apiece.
“Young and Hungry”
season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC Family. Gabi (Emily Osment), a private
chef, and her boss may be the only ones who don't realize they're in
love. Now comes the start of a pivotal section. Sometimes too blunt
and busy, “Young” still has some good lines, delivered
8:30, ABC. Adam faces a crisis when he's at the Phillies game with
his dad; his brother and sister face another in the car with their
9 p.m., ABC. Spring break finds Claire cleaning, her daughters at a
music festival and Gloria trying an extreme sacrifice – going
without her favorite telenovelas.
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. As Carisi's sister awaits her
baby, her fiance is in trouble again. Now he accuses his female
parole officer of rape..
9:31 p.m., ABC. As his 40th birthday nears, age creeps up
on Dre. He's injured while playing basketball and puts his young
assistants in charge of planning the party.
10 p.m., FX. Things get complicated when Stan (an FBI agent) and Oleg
(a Soviet official at the embassy) try to save Nina, who has spied
for both and has been Stan's lover.