TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Blacklist,” 10 p.m., NBC.
Here is a rerun rippling with strong emotions. Many of those
involve the villain, a mild-mannered scientist (Robert Sean Leonard of “House”),
causing mass death for intensely personal reasons. There are also strong
emotions for the two lead characters
Liz finally has hints of happiness, now that she’s convinced
her husband was framed. And Red (James Spader) has deep layers of pain; that
becomes clear in the hour’s explosive (literally) finish.
TONIGHT’S CAN-SKIP: “Bad Teacher,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS.
In a burst of baseless optimism, CBS gave this weak comedy
one of its best slots. And in a bit of common sense, it yanked it after five
episodes, shelved it for seven weeks … and now exiles the rest of the episodes
to summertime Saturdays.
Tonight’s first episode has scheming Meredith helping
diligent Ginny finish the yearbook in one day. In the second, she wants to join
the principal’s “Divorced Dudes” groups, in hopes of finding a rich guy.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
(1966), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies.
Onstage, “Woolf” was a blistering powerhouse, the winner of
five Tonys. Then came the Hollywood surprise: The movie version would be
directed by a former comedian (Mike Nichols) known for nimble stage comedies;
it would star fan-magazine royalty, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
A bigger surprise: This became a terrific movie – grueling,
relentless, but well-crafted. It won five Oscars (including Taylor and Sandy
Dennis) and was nominated for eight more, including best picture, Burton,
George Segal and Nichols … who would win the next year for “The Graduate.”
Other choices include:
“The Walking Dead,” all day, AMC. The show’s marathon
continues. The fourth-season opener reruns at 9 p.m. today; 24 hours later,
“Talking Dead” will peek at the upcoming fifth season.
“The Pink Panther” (1963), 8 p.m., BBC America. From the
opening credits – with a clever cartoon character backed by Henry Mancini’s
vibrant music – viewers know this will be fun. It is, with tangled sight gags
and Peter Sellers’ perfect touch. It was be followed by fun sequels and a bad
“Mistresses,” 9 p.m., ABC. “The Assets” has been yanked,
replaced by a rerun of this glitzy show. Savi has a devil-may-care approach
with Zach, while confronting scowls at work, after she and Dominic admitted
“Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a shallow grave, three
bodies have human and animal bite marks.
“Almost Royal,” 10 and 10:30 p.m., BBC America. First is a
new episode of this clever show, with the fake royals visiting Fashion Week in
New York. Then is a rerun of the Texas episode.’
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Paul Rudd hosts this
rerun, with music from One Direction.