TV highlights for May 4, 2010: 'American Idol,' 'Nova' and more

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Taking a page from the Lady Gaga Handbook (from the chapter "How to Launch a New Music Video Now That MTV Rarely Plays Music"), pop star Miley Cyrus debuts the video for her new single "Can't Be Tamed" on E! News (E! at 7 p.m.) and sits down for an interview with Ryan Seacrest.

Speaking of Seacrest, he hosts a night of Frank Sinatra songs on "American Idol" (Fox at 8) as Harry Connick Jr. guest-mentors the final five Idolettes.

The documentary "Mount St. Helens: Back From the Dead," featured on "Nova" (WETA at 8, MPT at 9:30), looks back 30 years at the eruption in Washington state, and tells what can be learned after the devastation of a volcano.

"The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression" (WHUT at 8) examines the myths that surround depression (such as the fact that people don't recognize depression as an illness) and looks at men, women and teens suffering from the condition.

In the same vein, Discovery Health continues Psych Week, with programs dedicated to raising awareness of mental illnesses, with "Born Schizophrenic" (at 9), about a family with a 7-year-old daughter who is one of the few children to ever to receive the diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Sue Sylvester, always the secret performer, is embarrassed when a video reveals her rocking out to "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John on "Glee" (Fox at 9) -- however, things can't be too bad, because Newton-John has a cameo in the episode.

Six seasons later, Jack and Locke are still at odds on "Lost" (ABC at 9), as Jack wonders if he can trust Locke after being asked to complete a tough assignment.

"Frontline" (WETA at 10, MPT at 10:30) investigates for-profit higher education, and how places such as the University of Phoenix -- which has enrolled nearly half a million students -- operate to make money. The programs, however, come with lots of criticism, as some claim that students leave with "worthless" degrees and tons of debt.

Forgetting about his electronic monitor, Peter chases Alicia out of their apartment and causes the alarm to go off on "The Good Wife" (CBS at 10), leaving his kids to figure out a way to help him stay out of prison.

Actress Scarlett Johansson is a guest on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35), along with comedian Frank Caliendo and musical guest Michael Bolton.

"Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35) hosts actor Russell Crowe and musical guests Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

Actresses Ellen Pompeo and Lea Michele stop by "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC at 12:35) and OK Go performs.

-- Emily Yahr

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