TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “MDA Show of Strength Telethon,” 9-11
At its peak, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon was
huge. In 1976 – the year Frank Sinatra brokered an on-air meeting between host
Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, 20 years after their split – it stretched for 21-plus
hours on 213 stations, seen by 85 million people.
Lately, it’s been trimmed. This is the fourth without Lewis,
the second as a two-hour ABC special. The music -- taped in Nashville and Los
Angeles -- includes country (Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes) and rock/pop
(Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Bret Michaels, R5, Matt Nathanson, American Authors).
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Falling Skies” season-finale, 9 and
10:01 p.m., TNT.
For four seasons, Tom Mason and others have battled the
alien invaders. Now comes a key chance to attack the Espheri power core.
Naturally, there are complications. A new Espheri attack is
feared; Lexi – Tom’s part-alien, fast-growing daughter – is back and taking drastic
steps, with mankind’s future at stake.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece Mystery,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
“Do you think life is always like this, playing tricks on
us?” asks Angela, a young nurse loaded with brains and ethics. It certainly is
in “Breathless,” a beautifully filmed three-parter filled with secrets.
In early-‘60s London, Dr. Powell has a wartime secret that
encompasses his rich wife, his forlorn colleague and a brooding police
inspector. Angela has a secret past with Jean … who has a marriage of mutual
deception with Dr. Truscott. Most of that is left elegantly in limbo, waiting
for next week’s finale.
Other choices include:
Marathons, all day. FXX continues its “Simpsons” marathon
until Monday night at midnight. AMC continues its habit of running “Breaking
Bad” on Sundays, from 5 p.m. to 1:05 a.m.; this stretch is from the third
season. And Spike has all the Indiana Jones films, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:12, 5:07
and 8:10 p.m.
“Heartbreakers,” 1-4 p.m., Investigation Discovery. The entire,
eccentric series reruns in one clump, with true stories of warped love, portrayed
by past TV stars. First, a preacher (Jack Wagner) has a long affair with the
wife of his finance chairman. Then a school secretary (Tracey Gold) lusts with
the principal (Christopher Knight) and the coach. In the third, a guy tells his
bride he’s secretly in the CIA.
“The Simpsons,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox. Both reruns test Homer’s
honesty. In the first, he buys a valuable painting at his neighbor’s garage
sale. In the second, he’s a World Cup referee, getting bribe offers.
“Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS. In the second new episode of
the weekend, Carrie disputes the notion that a bombing was terrorism. Homeland
Security is in charge, but she investigates on her own.
“Reckless,” 10 p.m., CBS. Here’s another one with two new
episodes this weekend. As Lee Anne’s sex-discrimination suit nears, her sex
tape – she says she was drugged – is leaked to the public.
“The Strain,” 10 p.m., FX. This powerhouse hour re-visits a
classic theme – a band of heroes, trapped in a small spot as monsters loom.
This time, it’s a convenience store; there’s some arbitrary dawdling to extend
the story, but it’s a mostly terrific episode, with the team adding two people
and losing one.