“Soundtracks,” 9 p.m. ET, CNN (barring breaking news).
Rippling with rage
and hope, this hour offers a strong start to an unusual series.
Each hour has music
that's linked to key moments in history. The opener (which debuted
Thursday) ranges from the death of Martin Luther King to the election
of Barack Obama and the start of the “Black Lives Matter”
movement. We hear Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and more. Emotion soars
as Aretha Franklin sings “People Get Ready” and Sam Cooke
proclaims “A Change is Gonna Come.”
II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
This rerun, from
October, is stuffed with starpower. There's Lady Gaga doing “A-Yo”
and “Million Reasons.” And Tom Hanks hosting and showing up in
every sketch, even “Black Jeopardy.”
And there's Alec
Baldwin, in two sketches. He does an airplane one alongside Hanks.
And he's Donald Trump, with a script that forces him to boast: “I've
even got the best Baldwin brother, Stephen.”
ALTERNATIVE: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” 8-9:35 p.m.,
In her short life,
Lacks saw tough times. Born in Virginia, she died at 31 in Baltimore.
She was a tobacco-field worker, a 14-year-old mother, a steelworker's
wife ... and a key part of history.
Decades later, her
descendants learned that her cancer cells had been harvested for
perpetual research. Now Oprah Winfrey has produced this film and
stars as Lacks' daughter. George C. Wolfe, a Broadway icon – five
Tony awards and 19 nominations – directed and co-wrote it.
7:50 and 9 p.m. ET, BBC America. First is last week's season-opener,
introducing the Doctor's new companion. As played by newcomer Pearl
Mackie, she was thoroughly surprised by the evil lady who kept coming
in and out of puddles ... and, of course, by the Doctor who spans
time and space. Then, in a new episode at 9 p.m. (rerunning at
midnight), they have their first full adventure; on another planet,
they visit a spectacular city that's inexplicably empty.
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS.In a rerun, the NCIS finds a warehouse full
of counterfeit purses, plus a trail leading to stolen government
funds. And Nell, usually busy analyzing, joins in field work.
Housewife,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. Both reruns involve Katie's
combative nature. In one, she fights back after being sold defective
bags; in the other, she urges Viv to stand up to her husband.
and 9:30 p.m., ABC. In its first three seasons, this show has won
Peabody, American Film Institute and Television Critics Association
awards. Now here's a chance to catch a couple reruns. In the first,
Bow (Golden Globe-winner Tracee Ellis Ross) convinces Dre to try
anger-management class. Then Pops' sister (Lorraine Toussaint)
revives her feud with Pops' ex-wife (Jenifer Lewis).
9 p.m., CBS. A gang-related shooting accidentally killed a community
“The Son,” 9
p.m., AMC. In 1849, young Eli has a life-or-death fight for survival.
He survives – sorry about the spoiler – and in 1915, we see him
and other McColloughs taking the fight to the enemy.
p.m., rerunning at 1:05 a.m., BBC America. In last week's debut, Ram
saw his soccer-star world shattered by prom-night disasters. Now he
tries to keep his distance from the other students; alas, he soon
witnesses the work of a skin-peeling dragon.