WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 —Tonight, TV offers a veritable feast of selections that include an iconic diva, an up-and-coming diva, a death row inmate set free and a serial killer in the making. There’s plenty for reality TV fans as well, with ratings giants “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice” both airing tonight at 8 p.m.
Rihanna is the first diva of the night to make an appearance in “Rihanna 777” at 8 p.m. on FOX. This special documents Rihanna’s November 2012 tour that featured seven concerts in seven countries in seven days, thus the “777.” It’s shameless excursion into self-promotion, but what isn’t these days?
Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Dear Mom, Love Cher” on Lifetime at 10 p.m. is a documentary about the life of Cher’s 86-year old mom, Georgia Holt. The promotional aspect of the show concerns Cher helping her mother realize her dream of a recording career. But regardless of any future success, Holt’s moment in the spotlight is a lovely vignette, custom made for habitual viewers of Lifetime.
Tonight’s basic cable schedule features “Defiance” and “Warehouse 13” on Syfy channel. Both are great choices for science fiction fans. But for drama, the night belongs to “Bates Motel” and “Rectify.”
“Bates Motel” on A&E is in the midst of a successful premiere season, boasting an astonishing total of 4.6 million viewers last Monday night. This “Psycho” prequel continues to unveil the events in young Norman’s life that helped form the future serial killer originally made famous in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 horror-thriller “Psycho.”
The most unconventional programming of the night goes to Sundance Channel with its new series, “Rectify.” Critics are raving about this new show, and with good reason. Watching Daniel Holden’s struggle to embrace his newfound freedom after 19 years on death row is a visual as well as a cerebral masterpiece.
Aden Young is nothing short of amazing in his portrayal of Daniel. The writers have created a character that effortlessly pulls in the viewer with dialogue so rich and compelling that even the smallest of thoughts become revelatory in their deliverance. And Young, for his part, knows how to deliver the goods.
Whether the writers are able to maintain their current level of excellence as the series progresses remains a question yet to be answered, but so far they are batting a thousand. Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. on Sundance Channel tonight and see why.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Dancing With the Stars: (Live) The couples perform for the judges.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (New) Robin is desperate to find her “something old” she buried in Central Park years earlier for the wedding. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily ask for Ted’s help packing for Italy, and Barney bonds with Robin, Sr.
FOX: Rihanna 777: (New) Pop songstress Rihanna invites fans and journalists along for the ride on her November 2012 tour that flew to seven countries for seven concerts in seven days to promote the release of her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic.”
NBC: The Voice: (Live) The Live Play-offs, Part 1. Voters decide which of the remaining singers will move on.
CW: Oh Sit: (New) In this fun, high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs competition, 12 thrill-seeking daredevils race head-to-head through five physically demanding, chair-splitting obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair – all to the sounds of a live band.
CBS: Rules of Engagement: (New) Jeff tries to make Brenda laugh when he learns that she has a “wee” problem due to her pregnancy. Meanwhile, Timmy is surprised by the professionalism of his new boss; and Russell becomes frustrated with his recently hired assistant.
CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (New) Caroline’s father (Steven Weber) asks her to go on a talk show to defend him when a former employee threatens to defame him in a tell-all book.
FOX: Bones: (Repeat) When a professional ballroom dancer is killed before her audition for a reality-TV dance competition, Brennan and Booth pose as potential contestants to hunt for suspects.
CW: 90210: (New) Jordan’s (guest star Robbie Jones) sister Elizabeth (guest star Keke Palmer) gets into trouble with an out-of-control Royal, so Naomi helps out by taking the heat to protect Elizabeth’s reputation. Silver is called in to see her doctor about some test results and Annie decides to get over Liam by going to Paris for a book tour. Meanwhile, Adrianna performs after Fall Out Boy at a big event, but the concert ends in chaos.
CBS: Mike and Molly: (New) Mike goes on a junk food binge to cope with missing Molly while she is out of town for a teacher’s conference. Meanwhile, Carl contemplates leaving Chicago after learning heartbreaking news from James.
ABC: Castle: (New) When a government whistleblower is murdered, Beckett and Castle must figure out who is responsible and determine why Homeland Security is trying to take over the case.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (New) When the body of a young girl who was kidnapped 10 years earlier is discovered, Five-0 must hunt down the kidnappers who have now taken their next victim. Meanwhile, Kono asks Catherine for a favor that could damage her relationship with Adam.
NBC: Revolution: (New) Miles and Neville find themselves fighting on the same side. Timothy Busfield and Colm Feore guest star.
PBS: Independent Lens: (New) “Seeking Asian Female” examines a white baby boomer’s obsession with Asian women, which long ago led him to mail-order catalogs and international dating sites in search of a bride. His search ends with a Chinese woman about half his age.
Showtime: The Big C: Hereafter: (New) Cathy upsets Paul while trying to encourage him to date, and Andrea fails to impress her design instructor, Isaac Mizrahi.
New episodes of:
Call of the Wildman: More Live Action at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on Animal Planet
Defiance at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Burger Land at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
The Real Housewives of Orange County at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Bates Motel at 10 p.m. on A&E
Rectify at 10 p.m. on SUND
Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Teen Mom 2 at 10 p.m. on MTV
Scam City at 10 p.m. on SCI
Dear Mom, Love Cher at 10 p.m. on Lifetime
Warehouse 13 at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Red, White & New at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
Newlyweds: The First Year at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
The Last Samurai on AMC
Slap Shot on FLIX
Blast From the Past on FMC
The Fugitive on IFC
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome on REELZ
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 1on SHO
The Wolfman on SPIKE
Shopworn Angel on TCM
Paul Blart: Mall Cop on ABCFAM
Mary and Martha on HBO
The Best Exotic Marigold Motel on HBO
The Thing on MOMAX
Hulk on SPIKE
Boom Town at 9:30 p.m. on TCM
Cold Mountain at 9:40 p.m. on ENC
The Watch at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Final Destination 5 at 10 p.m. on HBO
Scream 4 at 10 p.m. on SHO
The Crow at 10 p.m. on TMC
Against the Ropes at 10:05 p.m. on FLIX
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