TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Football, 7:30 p.m. Fox and 8:30 p.m.,
In the old days, the whole bowl bash wrapped up on an
overcrowded New Year’s Day. Now, instead, we get small bowls Saturday and
Sunday, the national championship Monday and these two big ones.
Fox has the Cotton Bowl, which has been around since 1935 in
the Dallas area; Missouri (11-2 and ranked No. 8 in the nation, faces Oklahoma
State (10-2), No. 13. ESPN has the Orange Bowl, which has been around since ‘37
in Miami. Ohio State (12-1), No. 7, faces Clemson (10-2), No. 12.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: Mark Twain Prize, 9 p.m., PBS (check
Filled with clever presenters, this humor award tends to
(appropriately) pack in the laughs.
In this rerun, we see Carol Burnett become the 16th
winner of the prize. She’s only the fifth woman to win, but the third in the
past four years, following Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres.
Fey will be a presenter, along with Amy Poehler, Maya
Rudolph, Martin Short, Tony Bennett, Lucie Arnaz and people linked closely to
Burnett’s career – Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Julie Andrews.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “We Are Marshall” (2006), 7-9 p.m.,
As the bowl season wraps up, it’s a good time to see this
quietly involving film about the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed
the Marshall University football players.
What could have been a cliché film added extra depth as it
viewed the recovery efforts in a small West Virginia town. A talented director
(McG) had a top cast, with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox as coaches and
David Strathairn as the college president who insisted the team would return;
it did and, among other things, won the Military Bowl last Friday in Annapolis,
beating Maryland 31-20.
Other choices include:
“Last Man Standing,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. The first rerun
finds Mandy considering joining a sorority. The second has Mike (Tim Allen)
opposing his neighbor’s run for school board.
“Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992), 8 and 11 p.m.,
AMC. Michael Keaton stars in two big-budget adventures, stylishly directed by
“Grimm” and “Dracula,” 9-11 p.m., NBC, The horror series are
back with new episodes. First, a “healer” brings danger. Then we find that
Grayson (Count Dracula’s new identity) has successfully become almost
invulnerable to sunlight; also, Renfield heads to Budapest, in search of a
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds McGarrett
taken hostage during a camping trip.
“Burn Notice,” 9-11 p.m., Ion. Here’s a rerun of this show’s
slick, smart opener. We see an agent cut off by the CIA, mid-mission. He barely
survives and retreats to Miami, where he needs back-up from some shaky souls,
including his mom (Sharon Gless) and a conniving colleague (Bruce Campbell).
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Danny (Donnie
Wahlberg) pursues a bank-robbing duo in the Bonnie-and-Clyde mode. They’ve
injured a bystander and stolen an off-duty cop’s gun.