TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory” (2005), 8:30-11 p.m., ABC Family.
The original “Willy Wonka and The
Chonka Factory” (1971) – rerunning at 6:30 p.m. – was a dandy
movie, with zest and wit and Gene Wilder. The remake is even better,
an all-time classic.
From the first moments, director Tim
Burton gave this kids'-story-for-grownups a magical feel. As usual,
he worked with two of Hollywood's best, composer Danny Elfman and
actor Johnny Depp.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Bones,” 9
Earlier, we met Finn, a young lab
technician with a sharp mind and a juvenile-delinquent past. In this
rerun, Cam isn't happy he's dating her daughter.
That's on Brennan's first day back
after her baby's birth. An extreme couponer (really) has been killed.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: John Leguizamo
shows, PBS (check local listings) and FX.
Born in Colombia and raised in Queens,
Leguizamo has become a deep and varied performer.
He can be silly, as the voice of Sid
the sloth in the fun “Ice Age” films. The second and third ones
(2006 and 2009) air tonight (opening night for the fourth in
theaters) at 8 and 10 p.m. on FX.
He can also be dead serious – or can
mix the two, in his acclaimed one-man Broadway shows. Now the third
one, “Ghetto Klown,” airs at 9 p.m. on PBS; it's part of the
Friday “PBS Summer Arts Festival” hosted by Anna Deveare Smith,
another master of one-person shows.
Other choices include:
– “House,” 8 p.m., Fox. Michael
B.Jordan (Vince in “Friday Night Lights”) guests in this rerun,
as a blind man struck by a serious illness, just before a marriage
proposal. Also, House's widowed mom (Diane Baker) returns with her
new boyfriend (Billy Connolly).
– “Whitney,” 8 p.m., NBC. A busy
rerun includes two (yes, two) marriage proposals, plus a
confrontation between Whitney and a stripper. Also, Lily and Neal
struggle with their new relationship as friends who aren't dating
each other. And Mark is surprised to be attracted to Roxanne.
– “Community,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Here's another rerun built around a proposal. Shirley's ex-husband
(Malcolm-Jamal Warner) wants to re-marry her. Britta and Annie
scramble with wedding plans.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. Two
deaths, seemingly unrelated, seem connected in this rerun.
– “Motives & Murders” and
“Evil, I,” 9 and 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery. Celebrating
(sort of) Friday the 13th, two specials ponder the mental state of
– “Can You Survive a Horror Movie?”
9 p.m., Chiller. Until now, we didn't know the best place to hide
during a zombie attack. It's an airport, one expert says; entry
points are limited and there's a watch tower, plus lots of gas. (We'd
add that there's a good supply of pretzels and teeny pillows.) Such
advice, linked with lots of movie clips, provides the good part of
this Friday-the-13th special. The bad: The three
attractive actors are put through nasty – yet fairly uninteresting
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. In
a rerun, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) shoots an undercover cop who failed
to identify himself. Now an Internal Affairs review probes his
sometimes-intense state of mind.