“Inside Hurricane Katrina,” 8-10 p.m., National Geographic; also
at 11 p.m.
It was 10 years ago
today that Hurricane Katrina reached Louisiana, delivering brutal
damage. Two months later, National Geographic aired this compelling
film; now it's back, with a few updates.
Yes, this is a type
of footage and information we've had before. Still, there's fresh
power in re-assembling it into a sharp package, showing how it all
evolved. The first half praises agencies for advance efforts; the
second condemns their failure to adjust and react to a transforming
“Cars” (2006), 8-10:30 p.m., ABC.
The Disney people
want us to watch animated hits this weekend. The Disney Channel had
“Brave” on Friday and follows with the gorgeous “Mulan”
(1998) at 8 p.m. today and“Tangled” on Sunday. And tonight, ABC
(owned by Disney) adds to the primetime animation..
In “Cars,” race
whiz Lightning McQueen suddenly finds himself in the broken-down town
of Radiator Springs. There, he meets all sorts – including a clunky
tow truck -- and finally finds real life.
ALTERNATIVE: “Blunt Talk” and “Survivor's Remorse,” 9 and
9:31 p.m., Starz.
It's no surprise
that this “Blunt” episode is terrific. In last week's opener,
Patrick Stewart was brilliant as a news-talk host; he raged, cowered,
fought, interviewed himself and then (given the wrong medication)
collapsed. Now he comes to, while envisioning a dance number, and
faces fresh crises.
The real surprise,
however, is the “Remorse” that follows. The season-opener (like
the first season) was a comedy-drama that rarely included any comedy.
But tonight's episode – involving domestic violence to guys, not
usually a funny subject – gets big laughs. The two shows repeat at
10 and 11:05 p.m.
Football, 8 p.m. ET,
CBS. The Seattle Seahawks visit the San Diego Chargers. The Seahawks
were 12-4 last year, but lost their first two pre-season games; the
Chargers, 9-7 last year, won their first two.
“Cedar Cove,” 8
p.m., Hallmark. Jack (Dylan Neal) risks his job to help Jeri, his
colleague and boss. Also, Paul (Colin Ferguson) warns Olivia to be
wary of Liz.
marathon, 8 p.m. ET, BBC America. Here are three reruns with the
Doctor travelling with Amy (Karen Gillan). She fights aliens with
Vincent Van Gogh at 8 p.m., is endangerted (along with the TARDIS) at
9:15 and is quarantined at 10:30. Those rerun at 11:30 p.m., 12:45
a.m. and 2 a.m.
“Hell on Wheels,”
9 p.m., AMC, repeating at 10. In Salt Lake City, Cullen and Durant
meet with President Grant to discuss the railroad's future. Also, the
Swede launches his plan against the Mormons.
finale, 10 p.m., NBC. Somehow, this show managed to do three seasons
while drawing few viewers. Now it has the final effort by Will (Hugh
Dancy) to catch serial-killer Francis Dolarhyde, using Hannibal
Lecter. Bedelia (Gillian Anderson) warns that he's putting too many
lives in danger.
Standing,” 10:30, ABC. In a rerun of the season's second-to-last
episode, Vanessa tries to set up a date for her youngest daughter
Eve. But Eve may already have a suitor; Mike and his neighbor Chuck
(Jonathan Adams) figure it's Chuck's son.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Taraji Henson – whose “Empire” work
brought her Emmy and Television Critics Association nominations –
hosts the rerun, with music by Mumford & Sons.