TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Game Change,”
9-11 p.m., HBO.
It was the sort of bold stroke that
makes history, builds nations, sometimes crumbles: John McCain chose
Sarah Palin – two years away from being a small-town mayor – as
Palin brought charm, charisma and a
void in foreign affairs. This film – adapting a book that was built
from interviews of campaign aides – describes a smart person who
began to crumble under pressure.
Julianne Moore is amazing as Palin and
Ed Harris is superb as McCain. But the real star is the story itself,
a stunning tale of a big-time campaign gamble that, for a while,
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Q'Viva,” 8-10
Even if their marriage is ending, their
show is continuing: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony visited Latin
America to find singing and dancing talent.
Tonight – in the second of five weeks
– they visit seven countries and Puerto Rico. Among other things,
Anthony tries the “pointy shoes” dance craze that's big in
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Of Two
Minds,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime.
When their mother dies, Billie (Kristin
Davis) faces a steep challenge: She must raise her schizophrenic
sister (Tammy Blanchard), without harming her own marriage and
The result is beautifully written and
acted, but tough to watch. There's a certain monotony to waiting for
the next emotional disaster; we admire “Minds,” while not being
sure we're glad we watched.
Other choices include:
– Basketball, all day. Here are the
championship games in many of the conference tournaments. CBS has
Conference USA at 11:30 a.m. ET and Pac-12 at 6 p.m. ESPN has Big 12
at 6 p.m. and Big East at 9 p.m.; ESPN2 has Mid-American at 8 p.m.,
Big West at 10 and Western Athletic Conference at midnight. Even the
new NBC Sports Network has Mountain West at 7.
– “Harry's Law,” 8 p.m., NBC. On
the eve of the show's return, we get a rerun with odd twists. One
client has a gorilla; the other (Erica Durance, who was Lois Lane on
“Smallville”) avenges abused women while dressed as Wonder Woman.
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Tonight's
emphasis is on fun films that scored big at the box office. There's
one major comedy – “The Hangover” (2009) on TBS – and three
light adventures: “Charlie's Angels” (2000) is on Oxygen,
“National Treasure” (2004) is on TNT and the dandy “Speed”
(1994) is on AMC.
– “My Extreme Affliction,” 9
p.m., ABC. Here's a two-hour special from “20/20.”
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. The kidnapping of a boy stirs suspicions in
his family and among others in the Romani (often referred to as
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Last week's Lindsay Lohan show had big ratings and so-so
humor. Now Jonah Hill hosts, with music by the Shins.