“Saturday Night Live Presents a Sports Spectacular” (8 p.m.) and
“NFL Honors” (9-11 p.m.), NBC; red-carpet at 8 p.m. on NFL
On the eve of its
Super Bowl telecast, NBC has lots of football, a smidgen of other
sports and some good bursts of humor. There are old “Saturday Night
Live” sketches at 8; then Seth Meyers -- the wittty “SNL”
alumnus, now a late-late-show host -- leads the awards show.
That peaks with Most
Valuable Player. Ohers are for best offensive and defensive players,
best offensive and defensive rookies, coach of the year, comeback of
the year and more.
“Black Sails,” 9 p.m., Starz.
season-opener (rerunning at 8 p.m.) found Captain Flint no longer a
captain. He'd lied to his crew, killed the quartermaster and failed
to get the treasure. Still, he insisted he'd be back in charge.
His first plan was
outrageous: Forget about the well-guarded treasure on shore; steal
something more valuable, the ship itself. But how can he get back the
captain's chair? What follows shows both that he's brilliant and
morally rotten. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep control of the
ALTERNATIVE: “Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen,” 9 p.m., HBO,
repeats at 10.
This is basically a
one-man show – two if you count the pianist for the opening and
closing songs. In between those, it's simply a guy, 88, talking about
But what an amazing
life it's been. A small, sickly kid who grew up poor (he was 2 when
his dad died), Brooks played the drums and did comedy. He began
writing for Sid Caesar and then for himself. He married a beautiful
method actress (Anne Bancroft) and won everything – Oscar, Tony,
Emmy, Grammy, American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. And
he tells it all with wit and warmth.
Movies, 7 p.m. and
later, cable. At 7, ABC Family has “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,”
the third of the five “Twilight” films; at 7:30, Pop has the
well-crafted drama “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1990). For lighter
fun, go with “Vacation” (1983) at 8 p.m. on IFC or Amy Adams'
“Enchanted” (2007) at 9 on E.
(2010), 8-10 p.m., ABC. Now for animated fun, with a scheme to steal
p.m., Fox. Here's a rerun of the pilot film, with Rainn Wilson as
someone who's bigoted, grumpy, self-destructive ... but good at
catching crooks. There are plenty of flaws here, but there's a great
supporting cast, led by Dennis Haysbert as a touring cop who's also a
8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a bad tip leads McGarrett and Danny to a
warehouse that's rigged to explode.
9 p.m., CBS. This reruns the Oct. 1 episode that added Jennifer Love
Hewitt to the cast. She works on a case involving murders that left
the victims unidentifiable.
Society,” 9 p.m., Fox. This earnest show, focusing on attractive
teens in a hospital, failed during Fox's disastrous fall. Now it has
three new hours left – one today, two next Saturday. Tonight, one
person returns, one fights for freedom and there's a tragedy.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. J.K. Simmons -- a Golden Globe winner and
Oscar-nominee for “Whiplash” -- hosts, with music from D'Angelo