TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Blacklist,” 10 p.m., NBC.
This rerun opens with a scene that is stark, silent and
(this is a very good thing) “Fargo”-esque. Against a wintry backdrop, a man
(Steven Weber) trudges down the road, staring blankly.
He’s a lawyer who was missing for a dozen years, which
points Liz to what’s considered a jailhouse myth – “The Judge,” exacting
revenge for law gone wrong. It’s a strong hour, with Dianne Wiest (who has two
Oscars and two Emmys) as guest star … and, in the final minutes, a key
revelation about Liz’s husband.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Bad Teacher,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS.
For Saturdays, this is a rarity on two counts – it’s a
comedy and it’s not a rerun. If it were a good comedy, that would be even
better, but you can’t have everything.
In the first episode, Meredith tries to attract the
attention of a rich and famous vegan chef; he cares about the environment, she
doesn’t, so she needs help from Irene (Sara Gilbert). In the second, she joins
the teachers’ pool, betting on Lily in the science fair; now she must sabotage
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m.,
Like many “SNL” weeks, this rerun -- with Lena Dunham
hosting and The National as music guest – is wildly inconsistent. Still, two
sketches make it worth watching.
One is a “Scandal” take-off, with Dunham as a newcomer,
perplexed by all the jargon. The other is a fake ad for an Adam and Eve movie
starring Adam and Hannah (characters from Dunham’s “Girls”). The wispy moral
uncertainties of modern life collide wonderfully with Biblical absolutes.
Other choices include:
Christmas films, all day, Hallmark. “Christmas in July” continues
until 8 a.m. Sunday. Highlights? “Christmas With Holly” (2012, noon) reflects
its lush “Hallmark Hall of Fame” budget … “Angels Sing” (2013, 8 p.m.) has
Connie Britton and Harry Connick Jr. …. and at midnight, three Debbie Macomber
tales arrive – “Mrs. Miracle” (2009), “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010) and
“Trading Christmas” (2011).
“Bet on Your Baby,” 8 p.m., ABC. One mom tries to guess how
many soccer goals her 2-year-old can make in 90 seconds; another tries to guess
her 3-year-old’s celebrity impersonations.
“Mistresses,” 9 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Karen’s secret life
brings a backlash. Also, Harry is ready to sign the divorce papers with Savi
and has some shocking news for her sister, Joss.
“Under the Dome,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a quick change, CBS is
rerunning Monday’s episode, the season’s second. The high school science teacher
(introduced in the season-opener) has found an infestation in the town’s food
supply. Dale “Barbie: Barbara scrambles tohelp her stop it.
“Power,” 9 p.m., Starz. Increasingly worried about her
husband (known as Ghost), Tasha interferes with his nightclub’s business. She
has other things to fret about: His romance with Angela – his former teen
girlfriend – is deepening. Meanwhile, Ghost and Tommy are convinced Ruiz is
behind the attacks.
“Almost Royal,” 10 p.m., BBC America. The make-believe
royals visit Detroit, where they try rapping and being auto mechanics. That’s
followed at 10:30 by a rerun of their Fashion Week visit to New York.