Tuesday’s Top TV Picks
The time has come to choose a new "American Idol" (Fox, tonight, 8 p.m. ET/PT), and for the first time in years (and maybe ever), it's impossible to choose badly. I'd pick Adam, but I'd be fine with Kris — which should make for a fun and worry-free final.
There's unrestrained fun to be had on "Glee" (Fox, 9 p.m. ET/PT) as well, though in this case, a little restraint wouldn't be such a bad idea. A special preview of an upcoming fall series, this high school musical comedy from "Nip/Tuck'''s Ryan Murphy is a salute to the transforming joy of performing - with a little mockery on the side. The focus is on a glee club that is down on its luck and trapped at the bottom of the high school pecking order. Until, that is, a dedicated teacher (Broadway star Matthew Morrison) comes to the rescue.
Promise abounds here, but to fulfill it, Murphy needs to correct the abrupt tonal shifts and rein in his "Nip/Tuck" tendency to go too far. Still, it's a great start, and he has all summer to get the show in tune. Right now, for all its joys, it's a bit pitchy, dawg.
CBS's "The Mentalist" (9 p.m. ET/PT) ends a stellar first season on a slightly more serious note, with the return of Patrick's nemeis Red John. In a season that has left the networks with little new to brag about, give credit to CBS for producing the biggest hit and, in Simon Baker, the biggest star.