TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Baby Mama” (2008), 8
and 10 p.m., Ion; “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29, NBC.
This is a good night to savor “SNL”
people, past and present.
First, the old “Weekend Update”
co-anchors star in a funny-enough movie. Tina Fey plays the
responsible type; Amy Poehler plays the schemer she hires as a
surrogate mother. This was written (adequately) and directed
(sharply) by Michael McCullers, who was a new “SNL” writer
alongside Fey in 1997; he soon left to write two “Austin Powers”
sequels; she stayed for nine years and stardom.
Then catch a rerun from this “SNL”
season. Zach Galifianakis hosts, using parts of his wonderfully odd
stand-up act; Jessy J is the music guest.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “The
Bachelorette,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
Here's a quick rerun of Monday's
opener, with Ashley Hebert, a dance teacher and dental student.
Straining to impress her, various guys
bring a poem, a guitar and dental floss. One lifts up the tiny Hebert
to dance; another hoists her on his shoulder. One wears a mask;
another falls asleep.
Hebert seems way too amused by most of
this. Hey, it's more fun than studying gum disease.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Oprah marathon,
Oprah Winfrey Network.
Trying to borrow the heat from her
talk-show finale, Winfrey's network has an all-Oprah day.
That includes two TV films she
produced: “The Wedding” (1997), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., stars Halle
Berry in a buoyant setting; “Before Women Had Wings” (1998), 8-10
p.m., has Winfrey helping kids battered by their parents' alcoholism
There are also “Master Class”
profiles of Winfrey (6-8 p.m.) and Maya Angelou (10 p.m.). From 3-6
p.m. are Gayle King's “after party” for the finale and a “Behind
the Scenes” of the post-Oscar show.
Other choices include:
– “Doctor Who” marathon, 6 a.m.,
BBC America. Taking a break from new episodes, this show reruns all
of the ones so far that have the terrific pairing of Matt Smith as
The Doctor and Karen Gillam as Amy Pond. Their entire first season
runs from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the first five hours of this second year
are from 4-9 p.m., 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and (skipping one hour), 2-6 a.m.
– Baseball, 7 p.m. ET, Fox. Taking no
chances here, Fox has six games, choosing them by region.
– “Shrek the Third” (2007), 7
p.m., Cartoon; “Bolt” (2008), 9 p.m., ABC Family. Here's an
animated double feature, for family fun. “Bolt” – with a dog
surprised to learn his superhero status is only as a TV actor – is
an odd delight.
– More movies, cable. Three big ones
– each an Academy Award nominee for best picture – collide.
“Terms of Endearment” (1983, 7 p.m., TV Guide) won that Oscar and
four others. “Pulp Fiction” (1994, 8 p.m., Independent Film
Channel) won for its script; the wonderful “Raiders of the Lost
Ark” (1981, 8:30, USA) won in five technical categories.
– “Law & Order: Los Angeles,”
9 and 10 p.m., NBC. The first rerun finds a fire whipping through
Malibu; someone may have used it to hide a gruesome crime. The second
finds a casino worker killed in his bathtub – which leads to
discovery of a larger scheme.