I've been eager to catch the Joss Whedon-directed/Neil Patrich Harris-guest starring episode of "Glee," (Fox, 9 p.m.) which finally airs tonight after it was announced back in the fall.
The last time these two talents collaborated on a musical project, it was the wickedly clever viral sensation "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long," in which Harris played a sad-sack supervillain who really only wants a nice girl, only to be foiled by his archnemesis, Captain Hammer.
Harris, of course, has shown off his musical chops before, on Broadway, as Emmy host and even on an episode of "How I Met Your Mother." Whedon wrote and directed one of the best-ever hours of TV with his "Once More With Feeling" installment of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."
"Glee" hasn't been that sharp since it's long layoff, counting more on big name guest stars rather than the darkly comic look at high schoolers, mixed with great musical numbers, the show became popular with. There haven't been really any show-stopping musical bits that have truly measured up with some of the great numbers in the first half of the season (though Mark Sallis' turn on "The Lady Is A Tramp" last week was pretty good).
Harris appears tonight as Will's (Matthew Morrison) old glee-club rival, a man now trying to get the program shut down. Let's hope this is the episode that turns things around.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: OK, so last week's big "Lost" (ABC, 9 p.m.) reveal ended up giving us more questions than answers, but I think that we may get some of those answers tonight, the final regular episode before Sunday's uber finale. It's followed by the season finale of "V" at 10 p.m.
"NCIS" (CBS, 8 p.m.) begins Part 1 of a two-part season finale tonight, followed by new episodes of "NCIS: LA" and "The Good Wife."
NBC has two hours of "The Biggest Loser," followed by a new "Parenthood" at 10 p.m., while Fox has a new "American Idol" before "Glee."
The second season of "90210" (CW, 8 p.m.) wraps up.
On cable, I forgot to mention last week that BBC America is showing the second season of "Ashes To Ashes," (BBC America, 10 p.m.) the sequel to "Life On Mars" in which a policewoman finds herself transported to 1982, working for Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) in Margaret Thatcher's England.
Also, "Justified" (FX, 10 p.m.) has Stephen Root guest starring as a judge with a target on his back.