“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
J.K. Simmons has
ranged from the silliness of insurance commercials to the fierce
intensity of “Oz” and “Whiplash.” So we shouldn't be
surprised that he stepped easily into hosting this rerun.
Simmons did a
version of his “Whiplash” character, berating drummers ... until
former “SNL” guy Fred Armisen showed some genuine talent. That
followed a weak opener (Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch on Super
Bowl eve), part of a mixed night. The lows were lame, the highs
included a “Teachers Snow Day” video and the hilarious Jebidiah
Atkinson (Taran Killam) attacking the Grammys.
II: “A Country Wedding,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark.
singer (Jesse Metcalfe) is preparing to marry a gorgeous movie star.
First, he returns to sell his family farm, a place he hasn't been for
decades. Next door, his childhood friend (Autumn Reeser) has a rescue
ranch that's being foreclosed.
You can probably
guess the rest; Hallmark doesn't like surprises. The real surprise,
however, is Metcalfe. First known as the teen hunk on “Desperate
Housewives,” then the star of the new version of “Dallas,” he
emerges as a solid singer, debuting three excellent country songs.
ALTERNATIVE: “Scream” marathon, 7 p.m., MTV.
On Tuesday, MTV will
launch its “Scream” series, with a new generation of teens being
scared and/or killed in Lakewood. First, however, we can revisit the
1996 original, which had Kevin Williamson's witty script, Wes
Craven's sharp direction and a terrific young cast.
That's followed by a
preview of the series at 9:30 p.m. and then the sequels at 9:38 p.m.
(1997), 1 a.m. (2000) and 3:30 a.m. (2011). If that seems too late
for screaming – it is, you know – then catch the four films
Sunday at 12:45, 3:40, 7:08 and 9:30 p.m.
“Teen Beach 2,”
11 a.m., Disney. Here's a second chance to see this film, which
debuted Friday (and also airs at 8 p.m. Sunday). The original film
had modern surfers somehow end up inside a 1960s beach musical,
altering its plot. In the sequel, the characters from the movie visit
them in real life.
“The Island” and
“American Ninja Warrior,” 8 and 9-11 p.m., NBC. Two macho shows
offer reruns. First is a June 1 episode in which the guys scramble to
find fresh water; then is a June 17 one, with “Ninja” try-outs in
p.m., ABC. In a switch, ABC has scratched its rerun of a fairly good
“Astronaut Wives Club” episode. Instead, it reruns Sunday's
opener of this battling-robot competition.
“CSI Cyber,” 8
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, nine planes that left from the same airport
face a Wi-fi attack.
Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. After their successful sting operation,
three FBI agents were killed in an explosion. In this rerun, the team
tries to find who's responsible.
“Power,” 9 p.m.,
Starz. James thinks his Miami trip – squelching an enemy and
frolicking with his mistress – was a success. Now come the
complications from his wife, her sister and the young driver they
both lust for. It's a fairly good hour, with some pivotal moments.
& Mr. Norell,” 10 p.m., BBC America. Trying to help the British
battle Napoleon's army, Strange finds some disturbing ancient magic.
The show, alas, no longer has its strong lead-in; “Orphan Black”
concluded last week and “Atlantis” returns at 9 p.m. today.