TODAY'S MUST-SEE: U.S. Olympic trials,
4-6 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., NBC.
On the second-to-last day of the 10-day
trials, key events are piling up. That starts this afternoon, with
the finals for men's gymnastics; the women gymnasts will get prime
time on Sunday.
Tonight, there's swimming –
qualifying rounds at 6:30 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network, finals at 8
p.m. on NBC. At 9, NBC switches to track-and-field; today, women have
the finals in high jump and the 200-meter run; men have the finals in
triple jump and 110-meter hurdles.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Castle,” 10
When this amiable series started four
years ago, Rick Castle had one key advantage: He was a friend of the
mayor, who convinced the police to let this crime novelist shadow
In this rerun, that link is frayed: A
woman's body has been found in a car from the mayor's motor pool.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE:. “Twenty
Twelve,” midnight and 12:40 a.m., BBC America.
British in all the best ways – wry
and dry and witty – this is a splendid satire of bureaucracy.
The first three episodes aired
Thursday, introducing an Olympic planning head (Hugh Bonneville, the
“Downton Abbey” master), with an inept staff, a crumbling
marriage, an adoring secretary and am English need to agree with
everyone. Now the show slides to its late-Saturday slot.
Tonight's first episode is fairly good,
with an ex-athlete (perfectly played by the 6-foot-4 Darren Boyd)
who's a bumbling speaker. The second is brilliant, as the team hires
a “curator of the Cultural Olympiad”; stick to the end, for
surprising sweetness and (before the closing credits) extra twists.
Other choices include:
– “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,”
8-10 p.m., ABC. Staff Sgt. Allen Hill has recovered physically from a
roadside bomb, but remains startled by noises. Now he's returning to
an Ottawa, Kansas, home that's near a quarry and a train yard. In
this rerun, the team scrambles to create a safe, quiet home.
– “CSI: NY,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) is having some friendly drinks with
the rookie cops he's working with. Then they're caught in the middle
of a shoot-out.
– “500 Days of Summer” (2009),
8-10 p.m., E. On “New Girl” and in commercials, Zooey Deschanel's
image is uptempo. Here, by comparison; she's Summer – beautiful but
passive, attracting a lovelorn greeting-card writer (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt). The result isn't deep, but it is quite entertaining.
– “Blue Bloods,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Nicki Reagan-Boyle has grown up around cops. Her grandfather is
police commissioner, as was his father; her mom is an assistant
district attorney. In this rerun, she sees her first murder victim
(killed at a debutante ball), on a ride-along with her uncle Danny.
– “Bigfoot,” 9-11 p.m., Syfy.
Four decades ago, when “Brady Bunch” and “Partridge Family”
were semi-rivals, this would have been a big moment: Barry Williams
and Danny Bonaduce – the old Greg Brady and Danny Partridge – try
to kill each other atop Mount Rushmore, while a giant creature looms.
That's the highlight of a film that's mostly disappointing, but has
its quirky moments.
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. For Emma Stone hosts this rerun, with music by Coldplay.