TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Who Do You Think
You Are?” 8 p.m., NBC.
Rosie O'Donnell's mother was only 39
when she died of cancer.
O'Donnell, 10 at the time, was left in
a male world in which feelings and the past were avoided. Her mom had
been an only child; memories of her were elusive.
In this rerun, O'Donnell gets a chance
to dig into the subject. She visits a brother who has home movies;
she goes back to Ireland and learns of the hardships faced by her
mother and others.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007), 8-11 p.m., ABC.
It's a great movie night on cable –
we'll list those separately – and on ABC, which is wrapping up its
run of the first five Harry Potter films.
This one gives Harry fresh troubles.
His mentor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) has become distant, his enemy
Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) looms and his new teacher (Imelda
Staunton) is nasty.
As usual, there's a brilliant British
cast in support, including Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane,
Emma Thompson, Alan Richman and Maggie Smith.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Saturday
Night Live” (NBC) or “Friday Night Dinner” (BBC America), both
It's a fun “SNL” rerun, including a
convergence of Mark Zuckerbergs – the real one, the actor who plays
him on “SNL” (Andy Samberg) and the actor who played him in “The
Social Network” (Jesse Eisenberg). Nicki Minaj is the music guest.
Still, you could switch to “Dinner”;
tonight's episode, its third, piles up troubles for the mom. There's
a lengthy debate over the color of the new curtains; also, the
casserole falls to the floor and her own mom tries to send her to her
room. There's much more, some of it hilarious.
Other choices include:
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. A special agent has been killed in this rerun. Colleagues rush
to find the hit squad before it strikes again.
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Even the
History Channel pitches in tonight, giving us “Unforgiven”
(1992), Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning cowboy film. Another well-made
cowboy tale, John Ford's black-and-white “The Man Who Shot Liberty
Valance” (1962), is on Turner Classic Movies. There's light fun
with “Legally Blonde” (2001) on TBS and sharp action with two
“Mad Max” films on AMC – “The Road Warrior” (1981) at 8
p.m. and “Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) at 10.
– “Honeymoon for One,” 9-11 p.m.,
Hallmark; repeats Sunday. A coldly distant executive (Nicollette
Sheridan) finds two problems – her wedding has fallen through and
her honeymoon reservations are non-refundable. She goes alone; maybe
the Irish countryside will warm her up. “Honeymoon” uses its
Irish settings well, but has a problem: Sheridan is convincingly
cold, unconvincing in warm moments.
– “Aladdin” (1992), 9-11 p.m.,
ABC Family. Here's a zesty cartoon. Alan Menken won an Oscar for the
music and another for “A Whole New World,” which he wrote with
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. Speaking at an anti-rape rally on his
daughter's campus, Stabler hears one student accuse another of rape.
He's assigned to the case.