TV column for Saturday, Aug. 11


TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Love at Sea,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark.

As TV settles into
its August blahs, the Hallmark channels offer a quick solution. They
plan to have something new (a movie or the “Chesapeake Shores”
series) every Saturday and Sunday this month.

We can expect pretty
people, gorgeous settings and – for the movies – happy endings.
That's particularly true tonight, because the film stars Carlos and
Alexa PenaVega, the husband and wife with youth-show and “Dancing
With the Stars” fame. She plays the event planner for a culinary
cruise; he's the new cruise director, who wants things his way. We're
betting they eventually get along.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE
II: “Pink Collar Crimes,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS.

It's a double
feature of real-life felonious females.

In the first hour,
private-eye Bob Nygaard tries to expose a “clairvoyant” who, he
feels, has scammed people of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the
second, we meet Jamila Davis who was, at 25, both a single mother of
two and a high-flying real estate investor, catering to high-profile
athletes and musicians. Then people began to suspect her sketchy
deals.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Murder on the Orient Express,” 8 p.m., HBO; also at
11:55.

This ambitious film
leaves Agatha Christie fans sharply divided. On one hand, Kenneth
Branagh bears no resemblance to Hercule Poirot; only the mustache
seems authentic. On the other ...

Well, Branagh –
who also directed – gave this a richly cinematic look. He assembled
a great cast, mixing arthouse favorites (Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi,
Branagh) with Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley and more. And he's
working with Christie's greatest story; give it a try.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Cinderella” (2015), 8:10 p.m., Freeform.

Here's Branagh
again, this time showing his real mastery as a director. The guy who
started with Shakespeare films has gone on to big-tent movies,
including “Thor” and this gem.

Lily James shines in
the title role – just as she does in the “Mamma Mia” sequel.
Cate Blanchett is properly wicked, with Helena Bonham Carter as the
fairy godmother.

Other choices
include:

“Freaky Friday”
musical, 7-9:10 p.m., Disney. If you missed the debut Friday, you
might catch it now. This is adapted from the stage musical about a
teen and her mom who accidentally switch bodies.

“Little Big
Shots,” 8 p.m., NBC. Steve Harvey meets a couple extraordinary
9-year-olds – a taekwondo champ and a professional cyclist and
sports reporter. He also meets a 3-year-old basketball player, a
young car expert and some musicians: Three boys from the Philippines
sing and a drum prodigy is surprised to rock with her idol, Sheila E.

“Castaways,” 8
p.m., ABC. Here's a rerun of Tuesday's debut, with strangers
separately stranded.

“I Am Paul
Walker,” 9 p.m., Paramount. This profile of the late actor is
surrounded by some of his movies. “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”
(2006) is 3:30 p.m.; “Fast Five” (2011) is at 6 and 10:31.

“History of
Comedy,” 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET, CNN (barring breaking news). These
reruns starts with an hour on comics who died young. A new hour will
be at 10 p.m. Sunday.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Gal Gadot hosts this rerun, with music by
Sam Smith.