TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Bonnie & Clyde,” 9-11 p.m.,
History, Lifetime and A&E; concludes Monday.
OK, there was zero reason to re-tell this story; the 1967
movie did it brilliantly. But after the success of History’s “Hatfield and
McCoys,” it’s logical to offer another violent slice of real-life Americana.
Bonnie Parker was a sometimes-waitress; Clyde Barrow was a
many-times stick-up man. For two years they rampaged together, robbing banks, stores
and gas stations. Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch star, with the “Broadcast
News” duo of William Hurt and Holly Hunter as a Texas Ranger and Parker’s mom.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Amazing Race,” 8-10 p.m. (or later,
with football overrun), CBS.
Only four teams remain, in the 35,000-mile, nine-country
race for $1 million. They’ll start in Tokyo, shed one duo, then head to Alaska
for the finish.
One duo – Jason Case, 33, and Amy Diaz, 29 – is dating;
another, Timothy Sweeney, 32, and Marie Mazzocchi, 29 – used to be. There are
also cousins (Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran, both 26) and a married pair of
emergency-room doctors, Travis and Nicole Jasper, 43 and 39.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m. or later,
Last week, the show jumped ahead two years. Red John was dead;
the CBI was disbanded.
Lisbon was a small-town police chief, Rigsby and Van Pelt
had a security firm and Patrick Jane was enjoying the quiet life, with a new
love interest (Emily Swallow) … and then a job offer from the FBI. Now a
computer expert is missing and Jane wants Lisbon to help with the case.
Other choices include:
“Global Lessons on Guns,” 7 p.m., CNN. A year after the
Newtown shootings, with Americans still groping with gun policies. Fareed
Zakaria finds intriguing approaches elsewhere. Australia cut its gun deaths by
59 percent, he says; Bogota has a gun-murder rate that’s one-third of Detroit
or New Orleans.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas,” 7 p.m., UP (formerly
Gospel Music Channel), repeats at 9 and 11. Last week’s film (“Silver Bells,”
rerunning at 5 p.m.) was so-so, but this is a winner. A tattered rock star (Drew
Lachey) ends up at the home of a small-town preacher, whose daughter (MacKenzie
Porter, a singer-actress) returned when she lost her job. You’ll guess the
rest, but it’s done with wit and charm.
More new Christmas movies. In “Holidaze” (8 p.m., ABC
Family), Jennie Garth finds herself in an alternate universe. In “Christmas
Belle” (9 p.m., Ion), Haylie Duff doesn’t go that far, but she finds herself
leaving the city to help close an estate at an old mansion.
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. Bart tries to be a model
Football, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. For the second time since Aaron
Rodgers’ injury, NBC has replaced a Packer game. This time it has Carolina at
New Orleans, with both tied for the division lead at 9-3.
“Getting On,” 10 p.m., HBO. Last week, we met the wondrously
odd Patsy De La Serda (Mel Rodriguez), a supervising nurse who treats patients
like cruise-ship customers. In the chaos, DiDi jokingly repeated a patient’s “fat
fairy” barb. Now, in an oddly funny session, she’s accused of being homophobic.