TV column for Friday, Nov. 9


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Great Performances: The Sound of Music,” 9-11:30 p.m., PBS.

For the second
straight week, PBS delivers a full-scale musical. Last Friday had the
high-octane “American in Paris”; this one -- taped live in London
three years ago -- is a bit more stagnant and semi-drab, with a
palette that's quite gray. Still, the great Rodgers-and-Hammerstein
tunes prevail.

Don't expect the
vibrant Julie Andrews movie. This is the stage version; the kids
don't show up for the first 20 minutes and the plot sags in the
mid-section. But the cast is filled with magnificent singers –
especially Kara Tointon and Julian Ovenden in the leads – and the
songs soar.

TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.

Here's the 200th
episode ... and a chance to do something special. McGarrett is
working a cold case from the 1940s, imagining his grandfather
handling it with famed Honolulu detective Chang Apana.

That allows lots of
flashbacks. Alex O'Loughlin doubles as both McGarrett and his
granddad; nine other regulars also have second roles from the past.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Patriot” second season, any time, Amazon Prime.

Imagine an old,
subtitled art film, with pregnant pauses and slow stares. Then mix in
some “Fargo,” with quirky characters. That's “Patriot,” in
which a decent chap is enmeshed in hit-man schemes. In the intriguing
season-opener, the relative weight of European nickels becomse a
life-or-death factor.

That's part of a
busy day for streaming. Netflix debuts a movie -- “Outlaw King,”
with Chris Pine leading the 14th-century, Scottish revolt
against England – and a documentary series. “Westside” follows
the lives of struggling performers, sometimes adding their music
videos.

TONIGHT'S ODDITY:
“Having a Wild Weekend” (1965), 9:45 p.m. ET, Turner Classic
Movies.

All that the movie
studio expected was a low-budget film with lots of Dave Clark Five
songs. But Clark admired a documentary and hired its then-obscure
director.

John Boorman would
later get Oscar nominations for “Deliverance” and “Hope and
Glory”; his triumphs have ranged from the epic “Excalibur” to
this vibrant, black-and-white rock film.

Other choices
include:

“MacGyver,” 8
p.m., CBS. Don't you hate it when you're boss makes you search
through a dump? Matty sends Mac to Ghana, to recover a hard drive
from an e-waste landfill run by a violent man.

“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8 p.m., ABC. From “ER” to “SHIELD” and cartoon
voices, Ming-Na Wen has been a busy TV presence. Now she plays a
newcomer; the neighborhood finally has a second Chinese family. Her
story is fairly good; two side ones (involving Louis and his sons)
aren't.

“Last Man
Standing,” 8 p.m., Fox. Mike's mother-in-law (Susan Sullivan)
visits. She soon clicks well – too well, by one view -- with Ed,
who is Mike's boss and friend.

“The Cool Kids,”
8:30 p.m., Fox. Is it stealing to take something that's rightfully
yours? After being cheated out of a prize – a 65-inch flat-screen
TV – the friends plan a heist.

“Crazy
Ex-Girlfriend,” 9 p.m., CW. Rebecca is jolted when Heather and
Valencia have changes in their lives. Also, Paula tries to adjust to
good news/bad news from hr eldest son.

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS. Danny obsesses on the man (Lou Diamond Phillips) who
burned his house. Also, Eddie reluctantly introduces her mother
(Christine Ebersole) to her boyfriend Jamie.