“Modern Family” (ABC) or “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), both 8
Here's a rarity –
two of TV's best (and most-honored) comedies colliding, via reruns.
That was set up by a late ABC switch, pushing its movie to 8:30 and
inserting “Modern”; this episode finds Haley trying to stop Andy
from proposing to Beth and Cam trying to nudge Mitchell back to his
And “Big Bang”?
Raj – once unable to talk to women, now finds himself trying to
juggle Claire and Emily. Sheldon and Amy celebrate Valentine's Day
with, of course, a “Fun With Flags” podcast.
II: “ET” (1982), 8 p.m., Showtime; “War of the Worlds”
(2005), 8:30, ABC.
movies seem to range only from very good to truly great. “War of
the Worlds” is the former, a well-made action tale. As aliens
attack, a blue-collar dad (Tom Cruise) struggles to get his kids (one
of them Dakota Fanning) to their moms' house.
It's a good piece of
craftsmanship ... but “E.T.” (1982) is much more. Spielberg
reminds us that alongside soaring action, it's possible to have
warmth, depth, humanity and even a tad of humor.
ALTERNATIVE: Amy Schumer, all night, comedy central.
Schumer has become a
fresh force – bringing intelligence to R-rated sexual humor, while
adding some satire and depth. Her stand-up comedy is broadly funny;
her “Inside Amy Schumer” series is inconsistent (most
sketch-comedy shows are), with enough great moments to keep us
Now people who like
adult-type humor can get the full experience. Her “Mostly Sex
Stuff” stand-up hour reruns at 8:56 and 11 p.m.; a new “Inside
Amy Schumer” is at 10 p.m., rerunning at 1:01 a.m. In between is
Nikki Glaser's show at 10:30 and “Amy Schumer Presents Rachel
Feinstein” at 12:01 a.m.
finale, 8-10 p.m., Fox. This tough show – sometimes closer to
sadism than entertainment -- claims it will offer its roughest
challenges yet. That includes being timed while suspended upside-down
over a waterfall, moving hand-to-hand via a wire.
(1989), 8 p.m., AMC. On Tuesday, ABC will debut a series version –
the second attempt to turn “Buck” into a situation-comedy. First,
here's the movie, with a ne'er do well suddenly watching his
brother's kids. It's a fairly fun film, boosted by the charm of John
Candy and Macaulay Culkin.
“Life in Pieces,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. Colleen's former boyfriend (Jordan Peele of “Key
and Peele”) is back, in a funny episode. After trying to steal her
dog, he pushes his latest business venture. Also, Heather wants to
abandon her longtime hairdresser (Alex Borstein).
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. Last week's season-opener saw Vincent and Cat
rush back from their honeymoon, when a blogger was about to expose
the beasts. Now they're protecting an heiress while searching for a
black-market buyer of beasts; keeping Vincent's identity secret
“Mom,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun finds Christy happy (temporarily) that her daughter
wants to spend more time with her. Also, her own mom tries to make
amends with a nemesis (Amy Hill).
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. Arriving at the emergency room, a woman is unable to say
how she injured herself and others. Also, Christa tries to help an
illegal immigrant whose son is ill
debut,11:02 p.m., MTV, rerunning at 11:34. Here's a new hidden-camera
show, with three of the women from “Girl Code.”