TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
A week before “SNL” opens its 40th season, it
reruns the episode that closed the 39th, with Andy Samberg hosting
and St. Vincent as music guest. It’s uneven (as usual), but has its moments.
The best come is the opening, a clever sketch about the fight
between Solange and Jay Z; the worst is a return of the one-note “kissing
family” sketch. Even that one is semi-salvaged by a flood of past stars. This
busy night includes Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Kristin Wiig, Fred Armisen, Maya
Rudolph and more.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”
conclusion, 8 p.m., PBS, rerunning at 10.
Franklin Roosevelt talked longingly of retiring, spending
long days staring at the sunset; Eleanor did not, she knew only action. They
loved each other, Daisy Suckley (his friend and admirer) said, but “the fact
that they could not relax together or play together is the tragedy of their
He died at 63, less than a month before victory in Europe,
but not before propelling the United Nations and the GI Bill. She lived to 78,
becoming a powerful UN force. The end of this superb series is boosted
immensely by the memories of Edna Gurewitsch, who became Eleanor’s warm friend
56 years ago.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Cedar Cove,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.
Maybe blondes don’t have more fun, after all. This hour has
four of them, spread over two generations; each is forlorn, ranging from a
shattered marriage to mere suspicion. By comparison, half the brunettes are
quite cheerful, including Olivia (Andie MacDowell), who is a judge and
dispenser of wisdom.
The result is an OK drama in a gorgeous setting. Its
depiction of newspaper work is wildly off-kilter, but that sets up a new crisis
at the end of the hour … and may create another grumpy brunette next week.
Other choices include:
Football, 7:30 and 8 p.m. ET. Fox has Oklahoma (ranked No.
4) at West Virginia at 7:30 p.m., but ABC may have the top game – Clemson (No.
22) at Florida State (No. 1) at 8. There’s much more, on cable.
Movies, 7:50 and 8 p.m., cable. “Rio” (2011), an animated
delight, is at 7:50 p.m. on Disney, launching a great movie night. At 8, there’s
a clever drama (“Julie & Julia, 2009, Bravo), plus action (“Transformers:
Dark of the Moon,” 2012, FX) and Matthew McConaughey in the OK “The Lincoln
Lawyer” (2011, TNT). But the best may be the sharply witty “His Girl Friday”
(1940), at 8 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Things get complicated in this rerun,
when a link is found between a murder victim and the boyfriend of Diane
Sterling (Melinda McGraw), who’s the ex-wife of both Gibbs and Fornell.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, the murder of
a railroad security guard points to a possible terrorist plot involving a
“Beyonce and Jay Z,” 9 p.m., HBO. We can expect some
powerful moments from this power couple. Wrapping up their tour, this concert
was taped last weekend in Paris; it’s part of a strong HBO night, with Ben
Stiller’s “Walter Mitty” (2013) at 7 p.m.
“Doctor Who,” 9 p.m., BBC America. The Doctor must break
into the universe’s most dangerous bank.
“Hell on Wheels,” 9
p.m., AMC. Campbell hires a new federal marshal. That’s part of a big Western
night, with “Rio Bravo” (1959), a Howard Hawks classic with John Wayne, at 6