TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Gone With the Wind” (1939), 8 p.m.,
Turner Classic Movies.
In olden days, it seems, people had time and patience. They
sat in theaters for hours, watching lush epics.
Many of the films were promptly, properly forgotten, but a
few great ones hold up beautifully. Now TCM has two back-to-back -- today
(filled with Hattie McDaniel films) has “Wind”; Wednesday, William Holden day,
has “Bridge on the River Kwai.”
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8-10
Two weeks from its performance finale, TV’s best summer
reality show is down to eight dancers.
Tonight, with actress Jenna Elfman as guest judge, each will
dance with an “all-star” who (in a first for the show) will also choreograph
the number. These are some of the favorite dancers from previous seasons,
including tWitch, Comfort, Emmy-nominee Travis Wall and Chelsie Hightower, who
went on to “So You Think You Can Dance.”
By the end of the night, the field will be down to six and
viewers will vote, propelling some dancers toward the final four.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Life of Muhammad,” 8-11 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
Rippling through this large life are all the elements of
Orphaned at 6, Muhammad became a master trader in the
crossroads town of Mecca, then married an older woman who was already successful
in business. Facing assassination attempts and army attacks, he triumphed
militarily (when needed) and emotionally.
This report by British journalist Rageh Omaar includes the
criticisms – nine wives, one quite young; a moment of vengeful genocide – but is
mostly a fond portrait. Muhammad lived simply and emphasized that he was only a
messenger, not a god, it says; in his last sermon, at 60, he preached love
among all races and religions.
Other choices include:
“Face Off,” 7:30 and 9 p.m., Syfy. First is a rerun of last week’s opener, a good one
that introduces aspiring movie make-up
people – from a 24-year-old working in her garage to a 52-year-old doing
national business. Then – with one person gone – a new episode has them create
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds a quick investigation,
after a tragedy strikes close to home.
“Pretty Little Liars,” 8 p.m., ABC Family. Hanna is
crumbling under double pressure: Her mother is a murder suspect and there’s a
stalker. Now the latest battleground is the school prom.
“America’s Got Talent,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. Twelve more acts
perform; then viewers vote, with four acts advancing on Wednesday.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. As a probe of Russian
super-spies continues, some of Sam’s secrets may be revealed.
“Erin Brockovich” (2000), 9-11 p.m., AMC. On one side was a
power company, with lawyers and money; on the other was a law-office secretary,
with charm and sex appeal. The secretary won. It’s a great story, superbly told
by director Steven Soderbergh and an Oscar-winning performance from Julia
“Body of Proof,” 10 p.m., ABC. Here is the fictional version
of a Bernie Madoff-type character who stole billions. Now he’s been kidnapped
while leaving the courthouse with security people
“Perception,” 10 p.m., TNT. Pierce, who has his own
problems, tries to help a war veteran who has neurological problems.