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What to Watch on Tuesday: Big reality finales, last 'Idol' performance show

American Idol (8pm, Fox) - In the first part of a two-part season finale, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina battle it out, singing three songs each. The winner will be announced in a two-hour finale airing tomorrow night at 8 p.m. There's an 'Idol' viewing party tonight at the Garner High School gym, and tomorrow night, the viewing party for the finale moves to the RBC Center in Raleigh. Both of those events begin at 7 p.m.

Biggest Loser Couples (8pm, NBC) - After viewer votes determine the third finalist, the winner of the $250,000 prize is crowned in the Season 11 finale. The eliminated players return to weigh in for the $100,000 at-home prize.

Frontline: Wikisecrets (9pm, UNC-TV) - Martin Smith examines the WikiLeaks scandal, in which classified U.S. material -- including secret cables and a controversial video -- was made public. Includes remarks from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Brian Manning, the father of Army Pvt. Bradley E. Manning, who is accused of leaking the information.

Dancing with the Stars (9pm, ABC) - A winner is announced in the 12th-season finale.

Glee (9pm, Fox) - In the Season 2 finale, the glee kids head to New York to compete in Nationals and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Patti LuPone appears as herself.

The Voice (10pm, NBC) - Part 3 of the battle rounds continues. Reba McEntire, Monica, Sia Furler, and Adam Blackstone are the coaches' advisors.

What to Watch on Tuesday: Jaime Pressly guests on 'Raising Hope'

Dancing with the Stars (9pm, ABC) - Performances by Adele and Michael Bolton, and someone is eliminated. The 8pm show is a recap -- don't fall for it!

Raising Hope (9pm, Fox) - Burt and Virginia think the marriage of a neighboring couple (Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee) is in trouble when Hope's baby monitor transmits their conversations. (Note: Pressly played Joy on "My Name is Earl" and Suplee played Earl's brother Randy). Meanwhile, Hope and Maw Maw take part in Howdy's Market commercial competition with a rival store.

Frontline: Kill/Capture (9pm, UNC-TV) - An examination of the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan, featuring remarks from Gen. David Petraeus (USA), the USFOR-A commander, and his commanders. The report also travels into the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region to meet Taliban militia leaders and the U.S. Special Forces who are targeting them.

The Voice (10pm, NBC) - Tonight begins part 1 the battles in which coaches pit two of their team members against each other in a duet which ultimately whittles the teams down to four each. Reba McEntire, Monica, Sia Furler, and Adam Blackstone serve as advisors to the coaches. Like that this is down to one hour, but not sure about the 10 p.m. timeslot.

The Good Wife (10pm, CBS) - The firm defends an adultery website owner, the prime suspect in the murder of one of the site's users. Meanwhile, Alicia confronts Kalinda about her one-night stand with Peter, which prompts Kalinda to consider leaving the firm.

Body of Proof (10pm, ABC) - The death of a homicide detective hits close to home for the team, and Megan turns to her estranged mom, Judge Joan Hunt (Joanna Cassidy), for help with the case.

What to Watch on Tuesday: 'Frontline' goes inside Al Qaeda

Glee (8pm, Fox) - Kristen Chenoweth returns and tries to persuade Will to run away with her. Also, the kids learn something about Sam's home life that gains their admiration.

Biggest Loser: Couples (8pm, NBC) - It's makeover night. Tim Gunn and Ken Paves are on-hand.

Frontline: Fighting for Al Qaeda (9pm, UNC-TV) - Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi reports on Afghan militants and foreign fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden who are preparing for an offensive against coalition forces. Also, Peter Bergen is interviewed about Al Qaeda's future by Martin Smith.

The Voice (9pm, NBC) - Tonight is the conclusion of the blind audition segment of the show.

Dancing with the Stars (9pm, ABC) - ABC airs a rehash of Monday's show at 8pm, but the actual results show begins at 9. Plan your lives accordingly.

The Good Wife (10pm, CBS) - The firm represents a patient in a liver transplant case against rival attorney Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton), but when Patti is fired from her law firm, she asks Lockhart/Gardner to defend her. More importantly, this is the episode where Alicia confronts Peter about his one-night stand with Kalinda.

"The Silence" bears witness to abuse of Catholic Native Americans

Frontline offers another powerful investigation with "The Silence" (UNC-TV, 9 tonight), an examination of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

It's a tough half-hour report showing the devastation left behind when three men who worked for the church along Alaska's far west coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s abused boys and girls, 80 percent of those who lived in the parish, pretty much an entire generation.

The abuse went on for years, leaving adults who grew up battling drugs and alcohol, but mostly fighting shame and anger.

What to Watch on Tuesday: A food (and sports?) revolution

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (8pm, ABC) - Chef Jamie Oliver brings his Food Revolution to Los Angeles for Season 2, and things get off to a rocky start when the LA Unified School District refuses to give him access to the schools. We loved Season 1's efforts in Huntington, West Virginia, even if they weren't a complete success.

Braxton Family Values (9pm, WeTV) - R&B star Toni Braxton's new reality series follows her and her sisters as they pursue careers in entertainment. Read our review.

Deadliest Catch (9pm, Discovery) - Two new captains join the fleet as the 2010 king crab season begins in the Season 7 premiere. Read more about what to expect this season.

Frontline: Football High (9pm, UNC-TV) - A new documentary exploring the pressurized world of high school football, which now sports nationally televised games and corporate sponsorship. This special looks at the experience of a small high school in northwest Arkansas that is striving to join the national elite, and also at the rising rates of injuries and even death among the athletes. Then stay tuned for ...

Frontline: Money and March Madness (10pm, UNC-TV) - This is a report the rest of the country was talking about a few weeks ago when it debuted nationally. Frontline reporters examine the multibillion dollar business of the NCAA and college sports, in which everyone makes money except the players themselves.

The Good Wife (10pm, CBS) - The results are in! Did Peter win the state's attorney race? Also, the firm tangles with a South American dictator when it represents a small drilling contractor in a dispute against a major oil company.

Parenthood (10pm, NBC) - Amber quits her job and heads for trouble. Also, Joel helps Crosby try to win Jasmine back, and Sarah works on her stage play with guidance from Gilliam.

Sinbad: It's Just Family (10pm, WeTV) - Another new reality series. In this one, comedian Sinbad moves back in with his wife, whom he recently remarried. The show follows Sinbad as he attempts to reconnect with his family and revive his career. Our review.

Duke prof gets PBS Frontline gig

A Duke professor of journalism and public policy has been named managing editor of Frontline, the PBS investigative documentary series.

Philip Bennett will continue teaching at Duke when he joins Frontline in May.

Formerly the managing editor of the Washington Post, Bennett has taught at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy since 2009.

He is taking a newly created post with the Frontline series and will help plan the show's documentaries and help shape its long-term vision.

The NCAA and its student-athletes

In a new Frontline program running tonight April 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert insists that college athletes are, in fact, simply amateur competitors.

They are not employees, insists Emmert, even though they are the ones responsible for the products gobbled up by television networks. The current TV contact for the NCAA basketball tournament tops $10 billion. That's billion. With a "B."

As Emmert puts it, quoted in this Washington Post story: “We provide them with remarkable opportunities to get an education at the finest universities on Earth.”

To that, the Post story follows up with this:

"The NCAA clings to the romantic image of students wearing letterman jackets and smiles without acknowledging that the entire landscape has changed. In the past three decades especially, college sports has become big business and its profit margins remain remarkable because it features an unpaid workforce. Emmert fails to explain why virtually the only thing unchanged is the compensation for the athletes."

Emmert, as the Post points out, would not disclose what he earns as NCAA president but noted as well that he left a gig as the University of Washington President, which paid $900,000 a year, for it.

What do you think?

NOTE: The Frontline story runs on many PBS stations tonight at 9 p.m. In North Carolina, it won't run on UNC-TV until April 12.

What to Watch on Tuesday: Amy Sedaris visits 'Raising Hope'

Mississippi Damned (8pm, Showtime) - An indie film directed by Tina Mabry (and filmed in Hertford County) about a young woman's survival over the powerful generational forces of poverty, violence, sexual abuse, and family secrets. Set in Mississippi. Read our review.

Pioneers of Television (8pm, UNC-TV) - Another repeat from Season 1, but a must-see. This one is about sitcoms, such as "I Love Lucy" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Raising Hope (9pm, Fox) - Virginia has an uneasy reunion with her cousin (and nemesis) Delilah, played by Amy Sedaris, left. Delilah pays a surprise visit to cash in on Maw Maw's estate, even though Maw Maw is still alive, and also reveals that she is attracted to Burt.

Revolution in Cairo (9pm, UNC-TV) - Frontline reporters look at the revolution in Egypt. Read more here.

Southland (10pm, TNT) - Sammy takes to the desert to find answers, Lydia and Josie keep watch over an alcoholic murder witness, and John and Ben break protocol to help a child.

The Good Wife (10pm, CBS) - Diane defends the ballistics expert (Gary Cole) who is also sometimes her lover when he is sued for testimony he gave in murder trial for a cop who was recently exonerated. Meanwhile, Eli learns that Peter's campaign rival has an illegal nanny, played by America Ferrera.

Real Housewives of Miami (10pm, Bravo) - Yep, another one. This one features socialite Lea Black, PR pro Marysol Patton, art curator Adriana Sidi, magazine editor Alexia Echevarria, and basketball wives Larsa Pippen (wife of Scottie) and Cristy Rice (recently divorced from Glen Rice). To whet your appetite, Adrienne recommends this clip of Marysol's mother (Dear Bravo: More closed captioning, please!) trying to get Marysol to discuss her sex life.

'Frontline' on the Revolution in Cairo

Tonight at 9pm on UNC-TV, 'Frontline' presents an in-depth look at the recent rebellion and change of leadership in Egypt.

For 'Revolution in Cairo,' the PBS news magazine dispatched teams to the Egyptian city, going inside the youth movement that helped spark the uprising.

The report covers the April 6th youth group, which two years ago began making bold use of the Internet for their underground resistance. Those tactics led to jail and torture for many of their leaders. Starting with the January 25 "Day of Rage," witness those same leaders plot strategy and head into Liberation Square to try to bring down President Mubarak.

Also in the 'Frontline' report, veteran Middle East correspondent Charles Sennott of GlobalPost lands in Cairo to take a hard look at Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood -- the most well-organized and powerful of the country’s opposition groups -- as a new fight for power in Egypt begins to take shape.

"Post Mortem" shows CSI isn't reality TV

The CNN special "Rogue Justice" (inspired by the reporting of the N&O's Mandy Locke and Joe Neff) gave a riveting look at justice denied when the state's crime lab withheld evidence.

Tonight, there's an equally compelling companion piece to that report. "Post Mortem" (UNC-TV, 9 p.m.) investigates the dysfunction among death investigators -- coroners and forensic pathologists whose errors can condemn the innocent or let the guilty go free.
 

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