“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS.
Fresh from its
pivotal (and hilarious) episode -- with Sheldon and Amy finally
having sex -- “Big Bang” visits its old night. It brings two
exceptionally good reruns.
The first has
big-laugh moments, when Leonard and Howard see an experiment site
contaminated; they call Raj for help. The second has Raj scheming,
when his parents cut him off financially; it also has a solid piece
of drama, when Leonard delivers a heartfelt commencement speech.
“Superstore” and “Telenovela,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Can two opposites
co-exist in one hour? We'll see next month, when these comedies
temporarily share this hour; first, they each rerun their pilot
quiet and subtle, an ordinary-folks comedy about co-workers; it grows
on you slowly, as the actors (led by America Ferrera and Ben Feldman)
bring their characters to life. “Telenovela” is bright and
flashy, grabbing our attention with Eva Longoria as the fretting star
of a Spanish-language soap opera. The first is more clever, the
second is more fun.
ALTERNATIVE: “A Place to Call Home” season-opener, any time,
Amid the sweeping
beauty of rural Australia, viewers met Sarah Adams. An earnest nurse
in the 1950s, she had returned – for the first time in 20 years –
to a town dominated by the wealthy Blighs. She stuck with her husband
Rene through his post-war mental collapse, but fell for George Bligh.
Last season ended
mid-crisis – George shot, the scheming Regina wrestling Rene for
the rifle. Some people have compared this to “Downton Abbey,”
which is pointing too high; like ABC's Thursday dramas, this plunges
skillful actors into stark, soapy stories. You can sample three
(2007), 4:30-6:30 p.m., ABC Family. In the avalanche of Christmas
movies, there are occasional gems. That includes this one,
beautifully written and directed, with a clever concept. A young
woman (the luminous Christina Milian) finds herself in a perfect
world, inside a snowglobe.
7:30 to 10 p.m., Disney. Last year's fairly good “Toy Story That
Time Forgot” is followed by the 1974 “Year Without a Santa Claus”
and 1976 “Rudolph's Shiny New Year,” at 8 and 9.
p.m., Fox. The old war between the Wayne family and the Galavans
resurfaces in this rerun. Now Galavan and Penguin link with a
dangerous bunch; Gordon tries to maintain order.
“A Saturday Night
Live Christmas,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. Here are sketches – some of them
quite funny – from four decades. They range from Dan Aykroyd as a
heartless toy mogul to Fred Armisen as head elf.
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, we see the return of Helen Slater – star of
the “Supergirl” movie, back in 1984. She was introduced in the
pilot as Kara's stepmother; now she arrives for Thanksgiving and may
disapprove of the new public-hero status. Also, a new villain,
p.m., CBS. Running an hour later than usual (as does “Supergirl”),
this reruns last year's Christmas episode. The team scrambles to
rescue a young boy trapped in a seaside cave.
“The Great Holiday
Baking Show” finale, 10 p.m., ABC. We're down to the final three
bakers. That's preceded by two more hours of the glittery “Great
Christmas Light Fight.”