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A select viewing guide for Tuesday, May 1
REALITY Long Island Medium TLC, 7 p.m. ET; 11 p.m. PT You don’t need a crystal ball to know this show will be renewed for a third season. TLC sanctioned the second campaign less than a week after the first episode aired and drew huge U.S. ratings and the audience keeps growing every week. For those not blessed with precognition, the premise revolves around the brash suburban mom Theresa Caputo, who works as a professional medium when she isn’t trying to raise a family in her hometown of Hicksville, N.Y. And of course anyone could have predicted that her two worlds would collide: In tonight’s first episode, her wiseacre son Larry Jr. is critical of her decision to do a psychic reading at a baby shower. In the second show, Theresa tries to use her psychic abilities to convince her daughter to stay in college.
SCIENCE Pyros Discovery, 8 p.m. ET; 11 p.m. PT Sure, everybody enjoys a spectacular fireworks display, but who ever thinks about the people setting them off? Launched last week, this new series documents the work routine at the Montreal-based Groupe Fiatluz-Ampleman, or GFA, which specializes in staging elaborate fireworks displays all over the world. The one to watch is the GFA boss Maude Furtado, who runs the company with an iron hand. In tonight’s second episode, she oversees the staging of two separate New Year’s Eve events – one in Quebec City and the other in Rio de Janeiro, where the fireworks tech Sébastien Roy expresses safety concerns. Not staged and sharply filmed, the show is a cut above most reality-workplace programs.
DRAMA NCIS Los Angeles CBS, Global, 9 p.m. ET/PT Did you watch last night’s episode of Hawaii Five-O? If not, you missed a thriller story in which the Five-O cops teamed with the NCIS agents Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Hanna (LL Cool J) to prevent a terrorist from releasing a deadly virus all over Hawaii. In tonight’s conclusion episode, the suspect – and the virus – make the move to Los Angeles, with the Hawaii cops Danny (Scott Caan) and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) in hot pursuit. Note: If you’re wondering why Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Steve McGarrett, isn’t in on the chase, it’s because the episode was filmed while he was in rehab for addiction to pain medication.
DRAMA Unforgettable CBS, CTV, 10 p.m. ET/PT The end looks to be near for this low-rated rookie crime drama. In recent weeks more than one TV industry insider has predicted the show’s cancellation, if only to make way for CBS’s incoming crop of hour-long dramas. The premise casts the talented Poppy Montgomery as the New York detective Carrie Wells, who is blessed/cursed with hyperthymesia, a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually everything in minute detail. The only blank spot in her memory is remembering what happened the day her sister was murdered. The story takes a twist tonight when the man she (and viewers) believed to be the killer – creepy Walter (James Urbaniak) – turns up dead, which leaves Carrie scrambling to find his killer.
MOVIE The Old Man and the Sea TCM, 10:15 p.m. ET; 7:15 p.m. PT Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, this sombre film earned an Academy Award nomination for Spencer Tracy, who already had two Oscar statues on his mantle. Filmed in Cuba and adapted literally from the book, the story casts Tracy in the titular role of a humble fisherman who has gone months without catching a single fish. Then one day he hooks a massive marlin larger than his tiny boat. After two days and nights he finally lands his fish, but his journey back to his village is beset with treacherous waters – and very hungry sharks. For the record, Hemingway heartily approved of the film adaptation.