TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 10 and 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Tonight's second reruns (Jennifer
Lawrence hosting) is pretty good, but the first one is one of the
show's best. Since this was, Justin Timberlake's fifth time hosting,
he was ushered into the mythical “Five Timer Club,” with such
members on-hand as Steve Martin, Paul Simon and – after years of
being bannedfor bad behavior – Chevy Chase. Non-members Dan Aykroyd
and Martin Short were on the waitstaff … allowing Aykroyd and
Martin to later revive the wild and crazy guys.
And Timberlake was everywhere – from
serious music (with Jay-Z) to portraying Elton John adapting “Candle
in the Wind” for Hugo Chavez's funeral. It was a great night.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Juno”
(2007), 9 p.m., Bravo.
Actually, this is a great movie night
all over cable, but we'll start here. “Juno” is as much fun as a
movie can be, when starting with a teen pregnancy.
Diablo Cody wrote a clever,
Oscar-winning script and Jason Reitman directed perfectly. There were
Oscar nominations for Reitman, star Ellen Page and best picture.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Tom, Dick and
Harriet,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark.
Sure, Hallmark has lots of lightweight
comedies with cute names like this. But under its chirpy core, this
film has something to say about an overemphasis on youth and image.
Steven Weber plays an ad man, suddenly
considered too old (50) and un-hip. He hires an “avatar”with the
surface image, hoping that his daughter and an attractive co-worker
won't figure it out.
Other choices include:
– Basketball, all day. You can settle
in for a marathon of conference-tournament championship games. CBS
has Conference USA at 11:30 a.m. ET and Mountain West at 6 p.m.;
overlapping, ESPN has Big 12 at 5:30 p.m., Big East at 8:30 and
Pac-12 at 11. Also, ESPN2 has the Big West at 10:30 p.m.
– “The Lord of the Rings:
Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), 7-10:45 p.m., TNT. This started the
superp “Rings” trilogy; now it starts a great movie night.
– “Celebrity Wife Swap,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. For ex-Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, raising a 4-year-old may be
easy; she has an at-home husband (a former pro football player) and a
nanny/housekeeper. Now she switches with Kate Gosselin, who is alone
with her 12-year-old twins and 8-year-old sextuplets.
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. “Tootsie”
(1982, Turner Classic Movies) is a comic masterpiece, boosted by
Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning work. “Scream” (1996, Independent
Film Channel) is a top-rate horror film. The newcomer is “The Best
Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2012, HBO), a witty – and sometimes warm
– film with English people trying what they think is a lush
retirement spot in India.
– “Wizards Return,” 8:30-9:30
p.m., Disney. This special debuted Friday, bringing back most of the
“Wizards of Waverly Place” people. Alex (Selena Gomez) sees her
magic go astray; it always does, but this time it split her into two
people – good and evil – and creates a fun hour.
– “The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox.
In a rerun of Monday's episode, Joe Carroll (the twice-escaped serial
killer) and Joey (his kidnapped son) are both missing. The FBI puts
someone new in charge.
– “Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In this rerun, someone is replicating the unit's old cases.