TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Who Do You
Think You Are?” 8 p.m., NBC.
Tim McGraw was a teen-ager before he
knew that his father was Tug McGraw, the popular baseball pitcher.
They didn't really bond until a few years before Tug's death.
Now McGraw – a country-music star –
gets a chance to dig into his dad's roots. His search goes back to
early settlers and a link with George Washington.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “Law &
Order: Criminal Intent,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Three gifted actors turn a so-so
mystery into a solid hour, in this rerun.
The story involves the death – maybe
murder, maybe suicide – of a banker whose sole client is the
Catholic Church. Neil McDonough, as a priest.
This is the hour that brought the
gifted Vincent D'Onofrio back to the show and Kathryn Erbe back to
full employment. Goren (D'Onofrio) returns after being dropped for
his anger issues; Eames (Erbe) returns to police-detective work. For
the show's final season, gifted stars return.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Cabin,”
8, 10 p.m., Hallmark Movie Channel; also 8 p.m. Sunday.
Lily MacDougal (Lea Thompson) is
revisiting her roots, taking her kids for a fun week in Scotland.
They promptly find their cabin has also been rented to Conor
MacDougal (Steven Brand) and his kin. The two families compete in
Scottish games; the two parents squabble about everything.
Astute viewers might guess that the two
grown-ups will kind of like each. The Hallmark channels aren't built
around surprises; “Cabin” has enough charm to keep viewers
Other choices include:
– “Harry Potter and the Chamber of
Secrets” (2002), 8-11 p.m., ABC. The second “Potter” film was
the final one in the series directed by Chris Columbus, keeping the
light tone of the original.
– “The Mentalist,” 8 p.m., CBS.
When a jockey is murdered, the horse track has plenty of suspects.
– “Beauty and the Beast” (1991),
9-11 p.m., ABC Family. In the old days, animated films didn't draw
much respect. Then came “Beauty,” with a best-picture Academy
Award nomination. Don't expect the wicked wit of Pixar; this is a
straightforward romance, lush in its look and in its Oscar-winning
– “Outcasts,” 9 p.m., BBC
America. A distant planet has become a tough frontier. Stella and
Tate learn of a hostile force and try to make contact with it.
Meanwhile, someone knows Cass' secret.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. Two major lawyers collide, in a so-so case.
One is Casey Novak (Diane Neal), returning to help prosecute a rape
suspect; the other is Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard), the “Law &
Order: Los Angeles” character, flying east to defend his cousin.
– “Outnumbered,” 11 p.m., BBC
America. Here's the first of tonight's two new comedies. Parents
realize that their kids – ages 11, 7 and 5 – outnumber and maybe
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Emma Stone hosts this rerun, with Kings of Leon as the
– “Friday Night Dinner,” 11:30
p.m., BBC America. Once a week, this family tries to have a normal
dinner with their sons, now in their 20s. Normality, alas, is
elusive; “Dinner” starts slowly, then gets very funny when the
dad decides to give his younger son some advice about sex.