AMERICAN IDOL (8PM FOX, 7PM CTV in Canada)
The “top” 10 boys “perform.”
PARENTHOOD (10PM NBC, CityTV in Canada)
With tonight’s premiere of PARENTHOOD comes something we haven’t done since May of 2009: Suggest a television show for you to watch at 10PM on NBC. Weird.
THE GOOD WIFE (10PM CBS, Global in Canada)
This steadily well-acted drama has been the surprise of the season, standing out among CBS’ sundry of well-oiled case-of-the-week workhorses. Tonight, Alicia’s (a magnetic Julianna Marguiles) adulterous husband (Chris Noth, part Spitzer, part Mr. Big) is placed under house arrest and back at work she’s handling the accused murderer of one of Madoff’s cohorts. Save for an overcompensating guest turn by Alan Cumming, WIFE continues to richly capture the strong emotions behind the headlines. Tuesdays are busy, but this is worth making time for. Grade: B+ — Aleks Chan
SOUTHLAND (10PM TNT)
Most definitely not brought to you by the Los Angeles tourism bureau is the second season premiere of SOUTHLAND which features a senior citizen kidnapped by a drug addict, a freeway shooting, and a riot.