“Monsters University” (2013), 8 p.m., ABC.
From Batman and
Superman to Captain Kirk or the Muppets, our heroes seem to get
prequels. So Mike Wazowski and Sullivan – heroes of the 2001
“Monsters, Inc.” -- deserved this one.
Goodman), the son of a famous monster, is a big man on campus; Mike
(Billy Crystal) is a newcomer with a problem – he's just not scary.
A friendship and an animated hit emerges.
More animation, Freeform.
This is a golden age
for animated movies – well-written ones that appeal to most kids
and some adults. So now ABC has one movie and Freeform (formerly ABC
Family) has four more.
“Cars 2” (2011),
likable despite a lame spy plot, starts this at 4:15 p.m.;
“Despicable Me” (2010), which launched all those minions, is at
7. The fun “Incredibles” (2004), is at 9 and “Wall-E” (2009)
is at 11:45. All four films resurface on Sunday, each two hours
ALTERNATIVE: “Unlikely Animal Friends” return, 8 p.m., NatGeo
It's tough to be the
new kid on the block or the new critter at the zoo. At Cincinnati's
zoo, however, Blakely is a personal welcome wagon. He's an Australian
shepherd who becomes a short-term friend to newcomers; his friends
have ranged from foxes and an ocelot to a warthog and a wallaby.
That's one of many
charming, low-key tales of inter-species interaction. A lion and a
tiger nuzzle; a tree kangaroo climbs in the woods by day and on its
owner's back at night. Cats – who seem to be good at this –
befriend a pot-bellied pig and a Flemish giant rabbit.
“Raiders of the
Lost Ark” (1981), 12:30 p.m., USA. Here is Steven Spielberg's
superb adventure, followed by its sequels – the fairly good “Temple
of Doom” (1984) at 3:01 p.m., the delightful “Lost Crusade”
(5:35 p.m.) and the merely OK “Crystal Skull” (2008) at 8:22 p.m.
More movies, 7 p.m.
and beyond, cable. There are two great, Oscar-winning performances
tonight – George C. Scott in “Patton” (1970), at 7 p.m. on
Sundance; and Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl” (1968), at 8 p.m.
ET on Turner Classic Movies. At 7:30, Pop has Aaron Sorkin's clever
“American President” (1995). At 8 are adventures -- “Jurassic
World” (2015) on HBO, “The Fugitive” (1993) on IFC and
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011) on FX.
8 and 9 p.m., Fox. Here are quick reruns of the first two hours, both
similar. After an interesting start, they close out with a sort of
torture, pushing people near the point of collapse. In one episode, a
person does collapse, in what's way too close to being snuff-TV.
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS. Last Saturday, CBS caught many people by
surprise, pulling its movie (“Hear My Song”) and replacing it
with reruns. This time, the rerun is expected: The team searches for
a teen girl who is missing and may have been recruited by terrorists.
p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10 and 11. In 18th-century
Paris, Jamie is busy with political moves and Claire, using her 1948
nursing skills, is considered a gifted healer.
Mostly Sex Stuff,” 9:58 p.m. and midnight, Comedy Central. Two days
after launching the fourth season of her sketch show, Comedy Central
reruns a Schumer stand-up special.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. On the eve of his “Game of Thrones”
season-opener, “SNL” reruns the episode with Peter Dinklage
hosting. Gwen Stefani is the music guest.