TODAY’S MUST-SEE: D-Day coverage, all day.
Seventy years ago
today, the world-changing invasion began. More than 156,000 men reached
German-held France that day; by the end of the month, the total was close to a
Now, as veterans and world leaders (including Obama and
Putin) converge, we can expect coverage on the morning shows and newscasts;
CBS, for instance, has Mark Phillips and Bill Plante in Normandy. Coverage also
fills prime time: NBC has a Brian Williams special at 8 p.m.; History follows
with the first half of “D-Day in HD” from 9-11:02 p.m., then airs all four
hours at 7 p.m. Saturday.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Crossbones,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
The opener was so-so, except for the scenes that had John
Malkovich in his delicious portrayal of the famed pirate called Blackbeard. Now
this hour has a smart script that focuses on him.
This is 1729, 11 years after history says Blackbeard was
killed. Instead, he’s running a secret island, calling himself The Commodore.
His men have captured a doctor (actually, a British spy) and pieces of a
longitude invention that could change the balance of power. Now the Commodore
launches his plan; it’s a clever one, backed by a performance of Malkovich-style
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVES: Animated movies, 8 p.m., cable.
Tonight’s gem is “Up” (2009, on Disney), the Pixar classic.
The opening portion is gentle, gorgeous and heartbreaking; the rest is just
But there are other choices. FX has “King Fu Panda” (2008),
in which a cook dreams of heroics – then must defend the city against a fierce
leopard. Bravo has “Bee Movie” (2007) at 7:52 p.m.; Jerry Seinfeld co-wrote a
clever script and voices a college-grad bee who’s not interested in the honey business.
Other choices include:
“24,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a rerun of Monday’s hour, fresh
tragedies have created anger between the British prime minister and the
visiting U.S. president. Now Jack has a scheme to find Margot, the terrorist.
Movies, 8 p.m., cable. For beautifully drawn characters,
there’s “As Good As It Gets” (1997) on Lifetime Movie Network; Jack Nicholson
and Helen Hunt both won Oscars. And for first-rate adventure? Oxygen has “Speed”
(1994); AMC has “The Dark Knight” (2008), with Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning
“Gang Related,” 9 p.m., Fox. Here’s a quick rerun of
Thursday’s episode – well-played, but terribly grim. Ryan Lopez is desperate to
protect a key informant; Javier Acosta, the crime-leader who has been Ryan’s
protector since childhood, wants the guy to be captured or killed by his men.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Fifteen years after his father’s
death, Chin faces Internal Affairs in this rerun. Questions involve whether his
relationship to Malia (Reiko Aylesworth) hurt the investigation.
“Marriage Boot Camp,” 9 p.m., WE. Last week’s entertaining opener
(rerunning at 8 p.m.) saw people from reality shows exploring their
relationships. Some seemed peaceful; one (Tanisha Thomas of “Bad Girls Club”)
exploded. She’s re-ignited tonight, when the couples argue literally inside a
ring of fire.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds the commissioner
pressured by protests over police violence pressure in this rerun; meanwhile,
his son is probing the murder of a Wall Street trader.