WASHINGTON, Nov.19, 2012 ― Tonight, Dancing With the Stars pulls out all the stops in a tribute to Michael Jackson’s legendary album “Bad.” The show will include a stunning pro performance to a medley of two iconic songs from “BAD25,” the album released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of “Bad.” Whew, that was a mouth full! If you aren’t one of more than 30 million people that have already bought a copy of “Bad,” here is your chance to get basically the same album in a fancy new package with an accompanying DVD of his live performance at London’s Wembley Stadium.
I certainly understand the recognition of such an iconic album’s 25th anniversary. But the same album re-released seems a tad redundant. Granted there are some great performances on the included DVD. But most, if not all of the Wembley Stadium performance featured here can be found on YouTube. Perhaps the fact that Princess Diana and Prince Charles were there for Jackson’s performance makes it seem more special to die hard Jackson fans. Who knows?
There is no denying Jackson was the best of his era, and a few moments spent on YouTube will confirm that notion. One note of caution: if you decide to check out Jackson’s Wembley Stadium performance on YouTube, that hairdo you sported in the 90’s will be there to greet you as well.
All times are EST
8 p.m. Singing, dancing and NFL football in this hour.
ABC: Dancing With The Stars: All Stars: (Live) The ninth week of performances features the contestants dancing to songs from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (New) Marshall recommends an old law-school buddy for a position at the firm, but the job interview doesn’t quite work out, and Marshall (Jason Segel) needs to square things with the boss. Meanwhile, Robin (Cobie Smulders) helps Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) get back into the swing of things on the gentlemen’s-club circuit.
FOX: Bones: (New) The remains of a crime-scene cleanup expert are found sealed in a mysterious pod that washed up on a beach. Meanwhile, Angela (Michael Conlin) and Hodgins (TJ Tyhne) have reason to believe that Cam (Tamara Taylor) has a secret lover.
NBC: The Voice: (Live) The top ten singers perform.
CW: 90210: (New) Navid (Michael Steger) acts out in jealousy and arranges to have Lindsey (Peyton List) and Liam’s (Matt Lanter) sex tape air at a public event; Riley (Riley Smith) declares his feelings for Annie (Shenae Grimes), but she is more interested in Colin (Rob Mayes) and Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) and Alec (Trai Byers) work together on a video-game demo.
CBS: Two and a Half Men: (Repeat) Walden (Ashton Kutcher) gets a hand from singer Michael Bolton when he makes big plans to surprise Zoey (Sophie Winkleman) on her birthday.
9 p.m. Mob feuds, apartment hunting and barn building in this hour.
CBS: Two Broke Girls: (New) Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) get two Amish boys who are exploring the modern world to build a barn for Chestnut. Meanwhile, Andy (Ryan Hansen) learns about Caroline’s wealthy past.
FOX: The Mob Doctor: (New) An ambush targets Franco (James Carpinello) and Moretti’s crew but hurts innocent bystanders; Grace (Jordana Spiro) tries to put an end to the escalating feud between Constantine (William Forsythe) and Moretti.
CW: Gossip Girl: (New) Eleanor (Margeret Colin) visits and puts unexpected pressure on Blair (Leighton Meester). Meanwhile, Serena (Blake Lively) helps Dan (Penn Badgley) go apartment hunting, and old feelings surface.
CBS: Mike and Molly: (New) Molly (Melissa McCarthy) believes she’s off the hook for Thanksgiving dinner when Mike (Billy Gardell) takes ill, but her relief is short-lived when Vince (Louis Mustillo) invites his brother to the house for a home-cooked holiday feast.
10 p.m. Running from the mob and a family reunion in this hour.
ABC: Castle: (New) Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) must go on the run with a murder witness they’re protecting from the mob, and because they had to move quickly, they find themselves unarmed and stranded with no phone in the middle of the night.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (New) Five-0 investigates the murder of a computer hacker. Meanwhile, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) tries to stage a reunion between his mom and his sister.
NBC: Revolution: (New) Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracie Spiridakos) and the gang head for Monroe’s lair at Independence Hall, but they run into trouble when they can’t separate fantasy from reality; Danny (Graham Rogers) grows suspicious of Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell).
New episodes of:
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO
American Chopper at 9 p.m. on DSC
American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel
The Layover With Anthony Bourdain at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Intervention at 10 p.m. on A&E
Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 on History Channel
For movie lovers:
Doctor Zhivago at 8 p.m. on TCM
The Deer Hunter at 8 p.m. on FLIX
The Three Musketeers at 8 p.m. on SHO
The Hangover Part II at 10 p.m. on HBO
Traffic at 10 p.m. on SHO
For further consideration:
The Dust Bowl: Part II on PBS at 8 p.m. (Check local listings) Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.