What to Watch Tonight: White Collar, American Idol, and Parenthood

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What to watch on Tuesday, February 28...

We've all had a long day of cleaning up the streets and making a difference, so why not let TV return the favor? Let's just kick back and educate ourselves to THESE realities:

8pm, Fox
American Idol
Well, it's time for America to finally get its say as American Idol's semifinalist rounds kick off with performances by the Top 24 (or I guess it's 25?). Which one will you vote for? The one with the funky style, or the one with the gospel background, or the one who screams a lot? Rock the vote, you guys!

SEASON 3 FINALE, 10pm, USA
White Collar
Well, it's been a long, crowd-pleasingly handsome journey, but tonight White Collar's third season comes to an end. Neal's got a lot riding on his commutation, but when Agent Kramer makes things especially difficult Neal finds himself suddenly needing to correct a mistake from his past. (Hint: He'll probably be wearing a suit.)

SEASON 3 FINALE, 10pm, NBC
Parenthood
In tonight's Season 3 finale, all our favorite characters find themselves at crossroads: Julia and Joel struggle to deal with adoption-related stress; Crosby and Adam have to make a big decision about the Luncheonette; plus Sarah faces a big life decision and the whole gang gathers to celebrate a big, presumably tear-jerking event. "Tear-jerking" seems like too negative a term for this show. Tear nice-ing?

9pm, ABC
The River
In the delightfully named "Peaches," the Magus accidentally collides with another vessel and a responding group of rescuers may not be what they claim to be. Plus ABC promises a "shocking discovery" that leads to a "tearful reunion." Don't make promises you can't keep, ABC!

10pm, FX
Justified
Raylan has problems with The Man when he suddenly finds himself at odds with the FBI during his attempted takedown of Quarles and the Detroit mob. I think, at least metaphorically, this describes ALL our jobs, right?

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8pm, PBS
The Amish: American Experience
This PBS special promises to be one of the most thorough first-person accounts of the Amish experience, complete with audio interviews (videos are prohibited) of the Amish community and an exploration into what makes them tick. Topics include how they came to settle in Pennsylvania, their practice of Rumspringa, and that horrible 2006 school shooting. It's unclear if there will be an MST3K-style screening of the Harrison Ford Amish thriller Witness, but anything's possible?

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Last Man Standing, 8 p.m., ABC
Natural World: World's Largest Shark, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, Animal Planet
NCIS, 8 p.m., CBS
Switched at Birth, 8 p.m., ABC Family
The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m., NBC
Cougar Town, 8:30 p.m., ABC
19 Kids and Counting, 9 p.m., TLC
Dance Moms, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Father of Invention, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9 p.m., Starz
Jane by Design, 9 p.m., ABC Family
Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, 9 p.m., WE
NCIS: Los Angeles, 9 p.m., CBS
Ringer, 9 p.m., CW
The Real Housewives of Orange County, 9 p.m., Bravo
Body of Proof, 10 p.m., ABC
Ink Master, 10 p.m., Spike
Southland, 10 p.m., TNT
Tabatha Takes Over, 10 p.m., Bravo
Teen Mom 2, REUNION SPECIAL, 10 p.m., MTV
The Game, 10 p.m., BET
Top Shot, 10 p.m., History
Tosh.0, 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Unforgettable, 10 p.m., CBS
Key & Peele, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Let's Stay Together, 10:30 p.m., BET

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Betty White and Ken Marino on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS
Don Cheadle on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC
Ellen Pompeo on Chelsea Lately, 11 p.m., E!
Jackie Collins on Watch What Happens: Live, 11 p.m., Bravo
Mike Epps on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Nathan Lane and Pauley Perrette on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Rob Schneider on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Stephen Merchant on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11 p.m., Comedy Central
Steven Tyler on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Werner Herzog and Fun. on Last Call with Carson Daly, 1:35 a.m., NBC

 

What are you watching tonight?