1) “Ordinary Joe,” 10 p.m., NBC Most weeks, this leaps nimbly between Joe (James Wolk) in three variations of his life – a rock star (married to Amy), nurse (married to Jenny) and cop (unmarried). Tonight, however, the focus is sharply on Amy, beautifully played by Natalie Martinez (shown here with Wolk in a previous episode). She’s dating Cop Joe and pondering the future with a friend of Nurse Joe. But the real power comes alongside Rock Star Joe: Amy is a congressional aide whose boss has just been killed; tonight’s final 10 minutes pack fierce emotions.
2) “Independent Lens: Storm Lake,” 10 p.m., PBS. Storm Lake is your typical Iowa town of 11,000, except it has Buena Vista University, a large Tyson plant, lots of ethnic groups … and the Storm Lake Times. Art Cullen edits (winning a Pulitzer for his editorials), his wife writes features and their son is the news reporter. Twice a week, they put out a lively paper (circulation 3,330), ranging from a pork queen to presidential candidates. With newspapers in decline, this is a vital and fascinating portrait.
3) “The Big Leap,” 9 p.m., Fox. As the producer of this show-within-a-show, Nick often seems crass and cruel. Still, Scott Foley gives him enough humor and humanity to keep us watching. Now he must come up with a big event in two days; the result leaps crisply between comedy and warmth, plus a couple dance numbers, one of them spectacular. With one exception – an arbitrary problem, clumsily inserted late in the hour – this is an excellent episode.
4) “Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. Last week eliminated two of the season’s better-known people – country music’s Jimmie Allen and Olivia Jade, of internet and college-admissions-scandal fame. Now six people remain – JoJo Siwa, Melora Hardin, Amanda Kloots, Cody Rigsby, Iman Shumbert and gymnast Suni Lee. Four will advance to next week’s finale.
5) ALSO: The last of three “Dalgleish” movies reaches www.acorn.tv today. Adamis back in his home precinct now, in a fairly good tale involving family wealth and church murders. That’s on the same day that Acorn has the first two episodes of “Madame Blanc Mysteries,” an OK story about an antique-dealing Englishwoman who solves crimes in Frnce. Also, try two great musicals – “In the Heights” (2021) at 6:32 p.m. on HBO and the animated “Frozen” (2013) at 8:30 on Freeform.