NBC’s comedies are back (well, minus the best one, “Parks and Recreation”), but there’s been a tectonic shift in my viewing; I’m tired of “The Office,” and “Survivor” and “Fringe” have been outstanding recently. Time to shift priorities.
“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” (8 p.m., CBS). I know I wrote it off once Rob got the boot, but it’s fascinating to watch these teams implode. Tonight: Will J.T. realize what an idiot he is? And will anyone finally catch on to Russell’s game?
“Fringe” (9 p.m., Fox). The shape-shifters return, and that can’t be good news. This series has been on a roll in the past few weeks, and is suddenly one of the best things on.
“Project Runway” (10 p.m., Lifetime). It’s the season finale, and it’s down to Emilio, Mila and the dude with two first names, Seth Aaron.
Toward midnight, bounce around for cool musical acts: Gorillaz, the greatest animated ape band ever, will be on “The Colbert Report” (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central), Latin hip-hop rockers Ozamatli will be on “Lopez Tonight” (11 p.m., TBS) and Canadian indie rockers Broken Social Scene are on “Late Show with David Letterman” (11:30 p.m., CBS).
“30 Rock” (8:30 and 9:30 p.m., NBC). Heads-up, there are two new episodes tonight, one at a special earlier time. In the first, Jack must choose between cable anchor Avery (Elizabeth Banks) or childhood sweetheart Nancy (Julianne Moore). Yeah, poor Jack. In the second episode, Liz tries to show the staff she can be fun to hang out with. Humiliation and hilarity ensue.
“The Office” (9 p.m., NBC). Andy goes overboard, lavishing gifts on Erin, for Secretary’s Day. Ugh.
“Ace of Cakes” (10 p.m., Food Network). The guys make special “Star Wars” cakes for Lucasfilm. How cool is that?
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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Sharks vs. Avalanche (7:30 p.m., CSN-CA). Each game so far has been excruciatingly close. Tonight is a pivotal Game 5 in San Jose and the series is tied 2-2; it’s time for the Sharks to start acting like the best team in the West.
NFL Draft (4:30 p.m., ESPN). I can’t tell you how much I hate the draft and all its bloated, breathless coverage. Instead of obsessing over unproven players and theoretical matchups five months into the future, let me enjoy the present and watch a live, actual game (hey, tonight we have baseball, NBA playoffs and NHL playoffs!) and just give me a list of who picked who after it’s all done. NFL Draft coverage is the biggest waste of time in the sporting world, and good lord, there’s three days of it now. Don’t get me wrong, I like football, but don’t wake me until September, when it’s finally being played.