“Lost in the West” debut, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon.
disconcerting to hear a friend say: “I think I accidentally
invented a time machine.” In this case, the machine propels Chip
and Dave to the old West, where they'll try to save their town's
future ... and to return in time for the Homecoming dance.
We'll see if they
actually want to return. In this opener, they find attractive teens
who are ready to teach them cowboy-and-Indian skills. This starts a
three-night, three-hour comedy mini-series.
II: “Madoff,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
It's good to see TV
rediscover the art of the mini-series – telling a long story, but
giving it an ending. Whether dealing with fiction (“Fargo,”
“American Crime”) or fact (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”),
this can be a great way to tell a story ... far better than, say,
“The Family,” which left us in permanent limbo.
In this case, ABC
tells the dark story of Bernie Madoff, convicted of cheating many
people – including friends and charities – out of fortunes.
Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner lead a solid, serious cast.
ALTERNATIVE: “King Kong” (2005), 8-11 p.m., NBC.
When it comes to
pure visual oomph, Peter Jackson is a marvel. His “Lord of the
Rings” trilogy soared.
But “Rings” had
a big story to tell and exactly the right amount of time to tell it.
This film -- like the “Hobbit” films – is a case of having too
much time and too many toys. The action scenes are beautifully done,
but some of them seem to be wedged into the story for no apparent
“Dr. No” (1962),
1 p.m., AMC. You can choose your favorite James Bond. There's Sean
Connery in this film, which reruns at 12:30 a.m. ... Roger Moore in
“For Your Eyes Only” (1981) at 3:30 p.m., Pierce Brosnan in
“GoldenEye” (1995) at 6:30 and Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale”
(2006) at 9:30.
(2011), 6 and 9 p.m., E. It's mostly a light-fun for cable movies.
This Kristin Wiig film is rerun often. Meanwhile, Disney has a Demi
Lovato double-feature, with “Camp Rock 2” (2010) at 8 p.m. and
“Princess Protection Program” (2009) at 9:50. At 8 p.m., we also
see two old pros, Robert De Niro in the fairly good “The Intern”
(2015) on HBO, Bill Murray in the better (and more-layered) “St.
Vincent” (2014) on Showtime. And at 9, Pop has Tom Hanks'
delightful “Big” (1988).
8-9 p.m., ABC. Here's the second night of this game show. There's
another hour Saturday, then a pause before the final, two-hour
episodes Tuesday and Wednesday.
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a cult has apparentlty
brainwashed a government worker into spilling classified secrets. Now
Deeks and Kensi go undercover in the cult, while others try to stop
the secrets from being sold.
p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10:01 and 11:02. Claire and Jamie try to
get his grandfather to help fund the fight.
“Walk the Line,”
10 p.m. CMT. Viewers who saw PBS' excellent Highwaymen profile Friday
will also want to re-see this excellent film, focusing main on the
romance of Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. The rerun season begins, with details