TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Gymnastics, 8-10 p.m., NBC.
The tiny teen-agers keep changing, but the skill continues.
Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas has switched coaches and is skipping these
national championships; the new fuss involves Simone Biles, 17, who won last
year’s national and world titles.
The women’s competition has its finals tonight. The men
start their finals at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Doctor Who,” 8:15 p.m., BBC America;
reruns at 12:15 a.m.
In the 51-year “Who” history, 11 men have played The Doctor.
Now the 12th begins, in a sharp change: Matt Smith was 27 when he
took the role four years ago; Peter Capaldi is 56.
His arrival is treated as a major event. A marathon has
Smith’s final episodes, with the last one starting at 6:40 p.m.; there’s a live
pre-show at 8 and then the movie, with Victorian London facing annoyances,
including dinosaurs and spontaneous combustion.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox.
This one will have to hold us for a while. Fox reruns the
season’s final episode, then plans to wait until January to start the last
This hour, stuffed with music, find Rachel meeting an
eccentric writer who might create a TV series for her. Sam and Mercedes feel
pressure as their careers start to take off. And Blaine finally has his big
school showcase with the demanding June Dolloway (Shirley MacLaine).
Other choices include:
Racing, 7:30 p.m. ET., ABC. NASCAR racers converge in
Football, 8 p.m. ET, CBS. The 2010 Super Bowl teams
re-unite, with New Orleans and Indianapolis. The Saints, who won that one,
still have Drew Brees; the Colts have Andrew Luck instead of Peyton Manning.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox. Both reruns come
after Boyle was shot. In the first one, medication causes him to be too frank
about his colleagues; in the second, he returns to work too soon,
“Outlander,” 9 p.m., Starz. The second episode (rerunning at
7:55 p.m.), was oddly bland, as was the first. This third one has a sharper
story: With two boys hovering near death, it’s a battle between the church (an
exorcism) and science (a 1940s nurse who has been whisked to 1743 Scotland).
“Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m., AMC. Campbell makes a move against
Durant; also, Cullen is in trouble at home, after taking railroad matters into
his own hands.
“Intruders,” 10 p.m., BBC America. Crafted by one of the
best “X-Files” writers (Glen Morgan), this tries the style that show used so
well: Start with several seemingly unrelated things, then weave them together. “X-Files,”
however, did that in an hour; “Intruders” is an eight-hour series, with an opener
that leaves us bewildered. A wife (Mira Sorvino) has vanished, a killer (James
Frain) is loose, a little girl runs. It’s all very fascinating and, for now,
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Josh Hutcherson, the
“Hunger Games” hero, hosts this rerun, with Haim as music guest.