By MIKE HUGHES
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Social Network” (2010), 8-11 p.m.,
Three immense talents – Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg and
director David Fincher – linked beautifully.
Yes, Sorkin toyed too much with the facts in this tale of
Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Still, he wrote it so cleverly – and Eisenberg
played it so charmingly – that all is forgiven. Sorkin won an Oscar; the others
were nominated, as was the picture itself, making it perfect for Oscar eve.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m.,
After a three-week Olympic break, “SNL” is back, with
Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) hosting and Beck as music
guest. It will also show off the “Weekend Update” change.
Cecily Strong remains, but Seth Meyers has moved to his own
show. Replacing him is Colin Jost, who is (like Meyers and Tina Fey before him)
a co-head-writer. Jost has stayed off-camera, creating such people as Drunk
Uncle and Strong’s “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at
TONIGHT’S MUST-RECORD: Movie marathon, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET,
Turner Classic Movies.
Back in 1967, two powerful forces were captured by some of
Hollywood’s greatest talents.
One was civil rights, via “In the Heat of the Night” and
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” The other was the angst and alienation in “The
Graduate,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Cool Hand Luke” and more. It was an overflow year,
with stunning work (Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn) unrewarded.
Now TCM airs the best-picture nominees, starting with the
winner (the splendidly acted “Heat”) at 8. “Graduate” is at 10, “Dinner” at
midnight, “Bonnie” at 2 and “Doctor Dolittle,” the weak link, at 4.
Other choices include:
More movies, cable. Here are some more great ones on Oscar
eve. At 6:30 p.m., try “Cinderella” (1949) on ABC Family. At 9, catch “Raiders
of the Lost Ark” (1981) on Syfy or “Traffic” (2000) on Sundance.
“Almost Human,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Gina Carano (“Fast
and Furious 6”) plays a rampaging cyborg.
“Two and a Half Men,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the funny season-opener,
the guys are startled to learn Charlie had a daughter (Amber Tamblyn). She
shares traits with her late dad, including a lust for women.
“The Crazy Ones,” 8:30, CBS. Saffron Burrows plays a
potential client in this rerun. She’s so glamorous that everyone at the firm
wants to be her friend, her lover and/or her business colleague.
“Person of Interest,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Reese
abducted by someone he knows.
“When Calls the Heart,” 9 p.m., Hallmark. There are crises
large (the only survivor of the mine tragedy finally returns home) and small (a
hurry-up school pageant). It’s a tough hour, but ends beautifully.
“Ripper Street,” 9-10:15 p.m., BBC America. The mood of this
brooding series hits dark extremes in an episode viewing the troubled lives of
the physically deformed.
Independent Spirit Awards, 10 p.m., IFC. Patton Oswalt hosts
this ceremony, honoring films that were made independently on tidy budgets. And
yes, some of those also reach the Oscars. The two ceremonies share nominees for
best picture (“Nebraska,” “12 Years a Slave”); those films – plus “Blue Jasmine”
and “Dallas Buyers Club” – have acting nominees for the Spirit and Oscar