TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Blazing Saddles”
(1974, AMC) or “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006, FX); 8 p.m., cable.
A comedy classic and a stylish, modern
comedy-drama are both worth catching.
“Saddles” (rerunning at 10 p.m.) is
Mel Brooks at his goofy best; he sends up the cowboy genre, with
Cleavon Little taking over a town that's really not ready for a black
sheriff. “Prada,” beautifully filmed, catches a smart intern
(Anne Hathaway) and her overbearing boss (Merle Streep at her subtle
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “How I Met Your
Mother,” 8 and 8:30 p.m,, CBS.
Here's a double shot of one of TV's
In the first rerun, Ted is best man at
Punchy's wedding and Barney finds benefits to Christmastime giving.
In the second, Robin starts her new job and Marshall and Lily try a
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Bachelor Pad”
season-opener, 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Don't expect any subtlety here. Chris
Harrison quickly tells us the show has invited “the hottest,
sexiest, most outrageous 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' contestants.'”
The emphasis is on outrage. One person
calls Michelle “creepy,” another says Vienna “(will) kill you
in your sleep.” Vienna's former fiance Jake is there; he's said she
sold their break-up story to the tabloids.
Also, Michelle says she's not crazy.
She says it in the tone of someone offering a minority opinion.
Other choices include:
– “Hell's Kitchen” and
“MasterChef,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. The first hour has 11
professional chefs remaining; the second is down to six amateurs.
– “America's Got Talent,” 8 p.m.,
NBC. Here's a rerun of Wednesday's hour, filling the field of 16
people who started with auditions. On Tuesday and Wedneday, four
YouTube entrants will be added..
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Short on money, Alan decides to give Lyndsey a creative birthday
present. Meanshile, Courtney (Jenny McCarthy) is never short of
– “The Closer,” 9 p.m., TNT. The
investigation of a minister's murder gets difficult, because his
family is hiding his secrets.
– “Mike & Molly,” 9:30, CBS.
Talking to a flirty woman, Mike introduces his lover Molly as “my
friend.” This doesn't go well with Molly.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
McGarrett's sister (Taryn Manning) is kidnapped, providing hints
about their mother's murder.
– “Rizzoli & Isles,” 10 p.m.,
TNT. Rizzoli and her brother – both honest cops – have sometimes
talked about their brother, who's in prison. He gets tonight,
– “Citizen Kane” (1941), 10 p.m.,
Turner Classic Movies. Orson Welles directed and starred in the film
that's tops many best-movie lists. It's part of an all-Welles day.
He's an actor in Carol Reed's “The Third Man” (1949) at 8 p.m.;
he directed and co-starred in the odd “Touch of Evil” (1958) at