TV column for Saturday, April 26



TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Despicable Me” (2010), 8 p.m., ABC; “The
Little Mermaid” (1989), 8:30, Disney.

Two Disney-owned networks compete with each other, giving us
some good animated choices.


“Mermaid” is the sweet one, with romance, optimism and
gorgeous artwork; it also has terrific songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, including
the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea” and the nominated “Kiss the Girl.” By
comparison, “Despicable” goes for the laughs, complete with a villain (Steve
Carell) who has his own minions and a scheme to steal the moon.


TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.


Here’s a rerun of Louis C.K.’s second hosting bit, with Sam Smith
as the music guest. It has some great moments when Kenan Thompson hosts “Black
Jeopardy,” with C.K. as the only white contestant, a black-history professor from
Brigham Young University.


That won’t match the brilliant bit they did previously, as
Lincoln and an ex-slave, but it brings some big laughs. When C.K. finally gets
a correct answer (to “things white people lie about”) he’s told: “Actually, we
would have accepted any answer.”


TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Orphan Black” (BBC America) or “Da
Vinci’s Demons” (Starz), 9 p.m.


There’s something wrong with a world in which two of the
best and most imaginative dramas are at the same time. Fortunately, “Demons”
promptly reruns at 10.


Last week’s “Orphan” season-opener saw Sarah searching for
her daughter; now she’s shocked by where that leads. And last week’s “Demons”
(rerunning at 8), saw both Leonardo da Vinci and Prince Lorenzo Medici find
fresh trouble at the end of their journeys; tonight, the prince is in a bloody
game and the painter is at the Vault of Heaven … along with his enemy Riario.


Other choices include:


“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” (2010) and “Part
2” (2011), 5:30 and 9 p.m., ABC Family. The epic tale concludes in this cable
double-feature.


Racing, 6:30 p.m. ET, Fox. NASCAR is in Richmond, Va.,
launching a night of sports overload. ESPN has the basketball play-offs at 7
and 9:30 p.m. ET and the NBC Sports Network has hockey playoffs at 7:30. In the
afternoon, there’s more of each – basketball at 2 and 4:30 on TNT, hockey at 3
on NBC,


“Two and a Half Men,” 8 p.m., CBS. This reruns the episode
that brought back Rose, Charlie’s old stalker. She has to help out, after Alan’s
affair with Lyndsey puts Walden in danger.


“Bad Teacher,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. In a quick rerun of Thursday’s
opener, we see Meredith (Ari Graynor) find herself divorced and -- due to a bad
pre-nuptial agreement -- broke. Her solution is to fake a resume and become a
teacher at a ritzy school, where she’ll find a rich dad to marry. The principal
(David Alan Grier) is gullible; colleagues are inspired (Sara Gilbert),
suspicious (Kristin Davis) or amused (Ryan Hanson).


“NCIS,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun has Gibbs re-examine a
hit-and-run case, after learning about a confidential alibi. Meanwhile, McGee
is suspicious of Tony’s odd behavior.


“Joan & Melissa,” 10 p.m., WE. Joan Rivers insists her
daughter be her magician’s assistant.