“Matilda” (1996) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
(2005), 6 p.m. and 8-11 p.m., ABC Family.
Roald Dahl wrote
stories that were for and about children ... yet had a grown-up's
dark wit. Several were turned into movies, including these two gems
from master directors.
Wilson) is a sweet girl with awful parents (Danny DeVito, who
directed, and Rhea Perlman). Charlie is a bright boy who wins a
chance to visit the chocolate shop of Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp). The
result has the magical touch of director Tim Burton and composer
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Even the good guys
have dark histories here. In this rerun, that catches up with them:
Danny (Scott Caan) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) have been arrested.
Now McGarrett needs
help to clear them. He turns to Joe White (Terry O'Quinn), his former
boss, and Frank Bama (Jimmy Buffett), the former Vietnam pilot.
ALTERNATIVE: “Girl Meets World,” 8:30 p.m., Disney.
Here's a rerunion of
guys from “Boy Meets World,” which the same producers made two
Cory (Ben Savage),
the center of that show, is now a teacher; his brother Eric (Will
Friedle) is visited by an old friend, Jack Hunter (Matthew Lawrence).
Meanwhile, Cory's daughter ponders wether to go to the semi-formal
dance with her friend Lucas or with a classmate.
movies, 4:30 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here's a chronological
tour of comedy classics. That includes “Cocoanuts” (1929) at 4:30
p.m. ET, “Animal Crackers” (1930) at 6:15, “MonkeyBusiness”
(1931) at 8, Horse Feathers (1932) at 9:30, “Duck Soup” (1933) at
10:45 and “A Night at the Opera” at midnight.
p.m., CBS. This rerun offers a variation on crime compensation: A
serial killer leaves envelopes of cash on each victim.
p.m., Syfy. Nolan is suddenly freed from the Votanis Collective; now
Irisa and others must save him from Kindzi. Also, there's a startling
sight in the mine.
8-10:05 p.m., Starz. The basic idea made sense: Take the jaunty
family musical and move it to modern New York. The result, however,
is low on magic and weak (surprisingly) on music. The cast is filled
with voices that are merely adequate.
p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Gordon takes the beautiful Dr. Thompson
(Morena Baccarin) to the circus; naturally, it's soon under attack.
Also, young Bruce Wayne plans a board-of-directors meeting.
p.m., Syfy. The team is jolted when it learns why Khylen is in the
10 p.m., CBS. It's a father-and-son effort, as Frank and Danny (Tom
Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg) try to nail a felon who keeps eluding
murder charges. Also in this rerun, Donnie's sister considers private
practice, after meeting a former law-school classmate (Rebecca Mader)