ROB LOWE on Parks and Recreation
What does one do after Brothers & Sisters? Lowe, also an ex?West Wing star, is returning to public service, this time with a light comic touch as a state auditor who descends on Pawnee. (NBC, Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.)
JESSE STONE: NO REMORSE
Actor and mustache god Tom Selleck is back with a sixth TV movie about the hard-drinking small-town detective who’s been suspended from the force, but is still pulled into a murder investigation. An excellent continuation of the series, Remorse is also the first to air since the death of the character’s creator, novelist Robert B. Parker, earlier this year. No Remorse aired on May 9, but download past Jesse Stone movies on iTunes.
GYMNASTS on Britain’s Got Talent
The latest YouTube sensation from the U.K. series is this astonishing troupe that flipped their way into Simon Cowell’s heart.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Coach Taylor’s move to a new school (East Dillon) means a whole new cast of characters for season 4, but the heart of the football drama remains the relationship between Eric (Kyle Chandler) and Tami (Connie Britton). (NBC, Fridays, 8 p.m.)
SURVIVOR: HEROES VS VILLAINS finale
In a season filled with blindsides and backstabs, it all comes down to this: Will the million dollars go to good guy Rupert or one of the villains, like Parvati or Russell? (CBS, May 16, 8 p.m.)
THE LONELY POLYGAMIST, by Brady Udall
The author’s latest novel chronicles the rough, busy life of a Utah businessman with four wives and — get this — 28 kids. It sounds like a stretch, but it’s really just a great, scandalous read.
”WHO DAT,” J. Cole
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation protégé introduces himself to the big leagues with a bass-thumping lyrical spitfire of a song. A few more rhymes like this one, and few will be asking ”Who Dat” about the North Carolina rapper for long.
DARIA: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD
Droll, monotone Daria Morgendorffer perfectly captured the irony-laced apathy of the late ?90s. And now all five seasons of the MTV series are on disc for the first time (two previously released movies are also included). Suburban alienation never felt so good.