“Toy Story” (1995) and its sequels (1999, 2010), 5, 7 and 9 p.m.,
At first, Pixar was a special-effects shop, dabbling
with animated shorts. Then came its grand idea -- turning ordinary
toys into characters. The rest was done first-rate: Tom Hanks and Tim
Allen starred; the script and the Randy Newman music received Academy
There have been two
sequels (a third is set for 2018), some TV specials, a Buzz Lightyear
series and endless products. And there's been a giant quake in the
movie business, with clever animated movies – from Pixar and others
– dominating. These originals will also be at 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
At first, people
rarely did double-duty on the show. When Paul Simon hosted, he often
had someone else as music guest. Justin Timberlake has done the same;
Mick Jagger and Madonna have reversed it – music guest, but not
host. But now we get two straight – Drake and Miley Cyrus –
hosting and singing.
Both were child
actors; Drake was big in Canada (under the name Aubrey Graham) for
about 150 “Degrassi” episodes. This time, “SNL” varies its
hilarious “Black Jeopardy” sketch. Previous times had a perplexed
white contestant; now we have a black Canadian, baffled by talk in
ALTERNATIVE: “Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m., AMC, rerunning at 11 p.m.
and 1 a.m.
A great project –
the trans-continental railroad – concludes tonight and a great show
is a week from its conclusion. Over five seasons, we've seen Cullen
(Anson Mount) go from railroad worker to the man in charge. Now he's
in a mad rush to get to the finish line, where the prize is
mineral-rich Ogden, Utah.
But is the race
really decided by might and muscle ... or by backroom deals? And can
Cullen – shattered physically and emotionally – find any joy.
This terrific hour takes us through the extremes.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Concussion,” (2015), 9 p.m., Starz.
Remember the fuss
over this year's all-white Academy Awards? Now we can try two
Some people feel
“Straight Outta Compton” (8 p.m., HBO) should have been a
best-picture nominee. And many felt Will Smith deserved a nod for
“Concussion.” Smith is quiet perfection as the real-life Nigerian
native who exposed football's concussion crisis. Maybe he wasn't
nominated because his work was so subtle, or maybe because it was a
great year for actors. Either way, this is worth catching.
9:30-11:30 a.m., USA. Here's one more chance to catch the riveting,
two-part opener, before the next episode airs at 10:01 p.m.
(1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989), noon and 2:30 p.m.,
Sundance, rerunning at 5 and 7:30 p.m. and at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
After plenty of airings on AMC, this moves to a sister channel.
“Angel From Hell,”
8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS. How long was this show delayed after its early
ratings troubles? Tonight, we get the Thanksgiving episode. In the
second episode, we learn that even guardian angels need money; when
Amy can't pay her rent, Allison tries to fined her a job.
Sports, 8 p.m. ET,
Fox and NBC. Fox has boxing, with heavyweights Deontay Wilder and
Chris Arreola. NBC counters with speed – from skateboard to BMX –
in the Nitro Circus World Games.
More movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. Two weeks before the new Jason Bourne movie arrives, four
related channels will air the original “Bourne Identity”; that's
on Bravo, USA, E and even Syfy. Also, Disney has “Up” (2009); and
at 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies has the delightful “Odd Couple”
“In an Instant,”
9-11 p.m., ABC. Four years ago, Kelli Groves found herself barely
hanging on. A 36-year-old teacher, she'd been driving with her
daughters, 10 years and 10 months, when a truck failed to make a turn
and ran over her car. Now the car was hanging over a guardrail, 100
feet above the burning truck. The crisis is recalled here, including
elaborate footage of the rescue.
West,” 10 p.m., AMC. This excellent chapter catches old West
violence at its peak. Jesse James returns from two years of hiding
... Billy the Kid shoots a sheriff in revenge and somehow escapes an
army ambush ... And Wyatt Earp fumes when a killer uses influence to