“Rio” (2011), 7:30-9:30 p.m., ABC Family.
A weak night for
many grown-ups is a great one for kids and animation. That peaks with
this gem, in which a Minnesota macaw – it got there by accident –
learns he may have a mate in Brazil. Then “Rio” offers a cascade
of bright colors, zesty music and clever writing.
It's joined by
“Horton Hears a Who” and “Kung Fu Panda” (both 2008) at 5:30
and 9:30 p.m. FXX counters with “Ice Age” cartoons -- “Dawn of
the Dinosaurs” (2009) at 6 p.m. and “Continental Drift” (2012)
at 8 and 10.
II: “In an Instant” return, 9-11 p.m., ABC.
An Iraq war veteran,
Don Evans wanted a quiet life amid natural beauty. He and his
pregnant wife would share a teaching job, living in a native village
(pop. 85) in Alaska with their kids, 8 and 10.
But their plane
crashed, killing the pilot and a passenger; amid snow and cold, the
Evanses struggled to survive. It's an involving rerun, skillfully
told with re-enactments and first-person memories.
ALTERNATIVE: “Baseball, “ 7:15 p.m., ET Fox, with pre-game at 7.
tonight, creating as sports surplus. That includes the start of Fox's
Saturday baseball package; varying by region, it has
Cardinals-Royals, Angels-Red Sox or Orioles-Marlins.
winter sports are (finally) in the conference finals of their
playoffs. It's hockey on NBC, with the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago
Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET ... and basketball on ESPN, with the Golden
State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks at 9 p.m. ET.
War films, all day,
Turner Classic Movies. Over the next three days, 34 films will fill
the Mermorial Day weekend. That goes from “Journey for Margaret”
(1942) at 6 a.m. ET today to the much-loved “Best Years of Our
Lives” (1946) at 10:30 p.m. ET Monday, and beyond. Tonight jumps
from Sean Connery's somber “The Hill” (1965) at 5:45 p.m. ET to
the high-octane “Dirty Dozen” (1967) at 8.
2-10 p.m., Starz. A week away from the season-finale, the first
season reruns from 2-10 p.m.; we see Claire, a 1945 English nurse,
swept away to the Scottish Highlands of 1743. The second season
reruns from 2:45-10 p.m. Sunday and again next Saturday, leading into
8 p.m., ABC. This new quiz show continues nightly, through Thursday.
8 p.m., CBS. As a college professor, Henry (Tim Daly) rarely gets
involved with international deals. In this rerun, however, his wife
(Tea Leoni), the secretary of state, uses his position as leverage
during negotiations with Pakistan. Also, a reporter threatens to
publish leaked documents.
“Blue Bloods,” 9
p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the season-opener, Danny and Baez are taking
confiscated drugs to the incinerator. Their convoy is attacked, she's
injured and he battles the cartel.
9 p.m., BBC America. After learning Coady's plans, Paul makes a
“Where Are They
Now,” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. This visits singer Lisa Loeb,
chef Curtis Stone and Taylor Armstrong, formerly of “Real
Housewives of Beverly Hills.” In 2011, her estranged husband,
accused of abuse, committed suicide; she remarried in 2014.