TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Who is Clark
Rockefeller?,” 9-11 p.m., Lifetime.
Elegant and brainy, Sandra Boss could
do it all, this film says. She reached Stanford by 16, then went on
to a Harvard MBA and made $2 million a year as a business consultant.
Along the way, she married Clark
Rockefeller, who talked of his family wealth and heritage. And then …
well, then this film – based on a true story – takes wild twists
we won't spoil. It's a bizarre and compelling tale, perfectly played
by Eric McCormack and Sherry Stringfield.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Parenthood,”
8 p.m., NBC.
Here's a rerun of the second episode.
Like the first, it skillfully blends the humor and pain of parenting.
There are big problems among the four
siblings, as one (Peter Krause) comes to grips with his son's
troubles and another (Lauren Graham) scrambles for a job. Still,
there's also fun, including a great scene involving the four siblings
and a mystery marijuana stash.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Guard”
debut, 9 and 10 p.m., Ion.
Here's the second original series for
this network. Like the first (“Durham County”), it's a Canadian
show – solid, stern, well-acted and darkly involving.
The setting is a Coast Guard unit and
the first hour starts and ends with high-octane rescue attempts.
Soon, however, the focus is on personal lives.
Some characters and some policies are
tough to grasp. Still, there's Carly, with a troubled past, a lot of
alcohol and an enigmatic new guy. Beautifully played by Zoie Palmer,
she's worth watching.
The strong cast is unknown to American
viewers, with one exception: That's David James Elliott in a brief
and moving scene, as a man struggling with multiple sclerosis.
Other choices include:
– “Desperate Housewives,” 8 and 9
p.m., ABC. In a change, ABC has these reruns. The first has Julie
Benz as a former stripper; the second has Gabrielle moving in with
Tuc and Bob, to avoid chicken pox..
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. The bad news
is that ABC changed its mind about showing the animated “Over the
Hedge” tonight. The good news is that HBO has an animated delight,
“Monsters vs. Aliens” (2009). Also at 8 are two warm dramas –
Winona Ryder in “Little Women” (1994) on E and Richard Gere and
Debra Winger in “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) on WE.
– “Dinoshark,” 9-11 p.m., Syfy.
Fresh from his honorary Academy Award, producer Roger Corman offers
his latest movie – his 387th, by one count. Don't expect
rich, quality drama here; that's not what got Corman his award or his
quirky fans. Instead, you'll get pretty people, blue sky and brief
glimpses of a killer shark. That's Corman as the scientist; at 83, he
still makes cheerily semi-adequate movies.
– “Survivors,” 9 p.m., BBC
America. Superbly directed and acted, this is still too obsessed with
the anti-social side of survival. Last week's episode (rerunning at
8) had angry teens; this one has a shaky cult leader. Even the good
guys have deep flaws; as Anya clings to the secret that she's a
– “The Outdoor Room,” 9 p.m.,
HGTV. This interesting episode seems to highlight the strengths and
flaws of designer Jamie Durie. The guy works hard and overflows with
ideas; in this case, he takes his first trip to New Orleans, to get
inspiration for a Southern California home. The problem? He sort of
forgets to confer with the homeowner. After some detours, the result
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Jude Law hosts, with music from Pearl Jam.