TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: Baseball, 8 p.m. ET, Fox.
The National League’s championship series begins, with the
San Francisco Giants at the St. Louis Cardinals. That’s the first time this
season that baseball reaches prime time on a broadcast network.
Until the World Series, cable gets most of the action. Fox
Sports 1 will have the weekday National League games; TBS has the American
League. The latter includes 4 p.m. ET today, with Baltimore -- the only team among
the top four in the regular season to survive the first round – hosting Kansas
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “The Hunger Games” (2012), 8-11:02
p.m., ABC Family.
A recent PBS documentary (“Makers”) reminded us of this
film’s place in Hollywood history: It proved that action-adventure – once the
Stallone/Schwarzenegger turf – could be ruled by a female star.
The story has a government forcing 24 teens into an
elaborate war game to the death. When her sister is chosen, Katniss (the terrific
Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. The result made $408 million
in the U.S. and Canada, $691 million worldwide. Its sequel brought $424 million
and $847 million, with the two-part finale set for the pre-Thanksgiving
weekends of this year and next.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Survivor’s Remorse,” 9 p.m., Starz,
rerunning at 9:30, 11 and 11:30.
Recent pro-football controversies focused on the cultural
and generational gaps over the idea of parents “whupping” their kids. Now comes
a fresh take, from another angle.
Last week’s debut (rerunning at 8:30) introduced a likable
young basketball star, moving to Atlanta with his entourage. Tonight, his mom (great
work by Tichina Arnold) cheerfully tells an interviewer about the beatings she
delivered. It’s a sharp episode … written, ironically, by Mike O’Malley, who
offered a much different view of parenting when he played Kurt’s dad on “Glee.”
Other choices include:
Racing, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC. Here’s NASCAR, from Concord, N.C.
That’s on a rare Saturday with no prime-time football on a broadcast network.
Cable has lots of it, of course, led by an ESPN doubleheader – Alabama (ranked
No. 7) at Arkansas at 6 p.m. ET; Mississippi (No. 3) at Texas A&M (No. 14)
“The Mysteries of Laura,” 8 p.m., NBC. Barring a late change
– a problem on Saturdays – this will be a rerun of Wednesday’s episode. A
congressman’s sex scandal leads to a probe of Online gaming.
“Person of Interest,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun from April,
Reese and Shaw infiltrate a class reunion.
“NCIS: New Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of the
excellent season-opener. It’s a case that Pride (Scott Bakula) takes
personally, involving a young man he had mentored.
“Intruders” season-finale, 10 p.m., BBC America. James
finally realizes the immensity of the organization that took his wife (Mira
Sorvino). Also, Richard is on the run and young Madison has a fatal fight.
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Here’s the third
straight new episode … and the second straight with a former cast member. This
time it’s Bill Hader, with Hozier as music guest. Last season, Hader brought his popular Stefon character to Seth
Meyers’ “Weekend Update” farewell. Now Stefon may be back; in the first two
weeks, “Update” has been greatly expanded.