TV tonight: 'Big Bang,' 'Glee,' 'Elementary'
Posted February 14, 2013
The Big Bang Theory | CBS, 8 ET/PT
If you're looking for an explanation for The Big Bang Theory's remarkable later-life ratings boom, consider how the addition of Mayim Bialik as Amy and Melissa Rauch as Bernadette to the ensemble (with Kevin Sussman's Stuart apparently coming up on the outside) has multiplied the show's storytelling possibilities while adding new colors to the characters to whom they're linked. And as you can see in tonight's sweeter-than-usual but typically funny outing, all this has been accomplished without altering the essence of the show or crowding out the three original main characters: Leonard, Sheldon and Penny. Managing change - allowing a show and its characters to grow without altering in ways viewers find off-putting - is the key to long-term series success, and no show is doing a better job at the moment than Bang.
Glee | Fox, 9 ET/PT
It's not just Valentine's Day on Glee - it's Will and Emma's wedding day, and all the current and former glee-clubbers are gathering to celebrate. When it comes to TV musicals, there's little question Smash these days is a more coherent and cohesive series than Glee. And yet there's an energy to Glee, and a knack for delivering emotional and musical highpoints, that Smash so far this season is lacking. If only the shows could combine, we might actually have a TV musical that works completely, and for a broad audience.
Elementary | CBS, 10 ET/PT
An attack on Detective Bell convinces Sherlock that Watson needs to learn self-defense. Odds are that will lead to scenes of him annoying her - and those are usually worth the price of admission.
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