TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Tina Fey hosts this rerun of the season-opener, boosting it
in two ways.
For one, she’s a master of accents; this episode includes a
morose Albanian immigrant, in a “Girls” take-off. For another, she’s the former
“SNL” head writer; when she guests, the writing sharpens.
The next two “SNL” outings were erratic, but this first one
(with music from Arcade Fire) scored.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “When Calls the Heart,” 9-11 p.m.,
A decade ago, “Love Comes Softly” offered the quietly
affecting story of a young widow (Katherine Heigl) on the frontier. It drew
solid ratings and as string of spin-offs.
That film reruns at 7 p.m., leading into a new one from the
same people (writer-director Michael Landon Jr., using a Janette Oke novel).
This one sets up a series scheduled for January.
Raised in privilege in 19th-century Canada,
Elizabeth (Poppy Drayton) ponders teaching in the small-town West. She also
reads the unfinished diary of an aunt (Maggie Grace) who did the same. The result
is so-so, but the final minutes point to a promising series, with Jean Smart
and Lori Loughlin in support.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The White Queen” and “Dancing on the
Edge,” 9 and 10 p.m., Starz.
A 10-week period-piece ends and a five-parter promptly
debuts. They remind us how good Starz has become at delivering strong stories
in epic settings.
“Queen” is fiction, but uses the crazed royal politics of 15th-century
England. Now two mortal enemies – the zealous Lady Margaret and the widowed
ex-queen Elizabeth – link. But in battle, will Lord Stanley (Margaret’s
platonic husband) support her son Henry Tudor or Elizabeth’s brother-in-law,
King Richard? In bed, which will Elizabeth’s gorgeous daughter choose? A huge
story ends strongly.
Then “Edge” views a jazz band in 1930s London. The story is
sometimes told in the exaggerated style of old film noir, but the rest –
settings, character, original music, Angel Coulby’s singing – is magnificent.
Other choices include:
Football, 8 p.m. ET, ABC. Two top-five teams collide, with
Florida State at Clemson. Also, NBC has Southern California at Notre Dame, at
“How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun from last
February, Barney tries to help Ted’s romantic life by using the “playbook”
Robin thought he’d destroyed
“2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. This rerun has a dispute
about the fate of a pre-approved credit card.
“New Girl” and “The Mindy Project,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox.
Reruns of the season-openers find Nick and Jess trying a romantic weekend in
Mexico and (in a funny episode) Mindy briefly in Haiti.
“48 Hours,” 10 p.m., CBS. TV has been fascinated by the man
who claimed to be wealthy Clark Rockefeller. NBC had a “Dateline” documentary
about him; Lifetime had an Eric McCormack movie. Now Erin Moriarty interviews
him about accusations linking him to two 1985 murders.
“Legendary Nights,” midnight, HBO. This documentary traces
the epic, three-match battle between boxers Mickey Ward (portrayed by Mark
Wahlberg in “The Fighter”) and Arturo Gatti.