TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
The forces aligned neatly for this
episode in May: Osama bin Laden's death had been announced five days
earlier … and Tina Fey had already been set as host.
There was Fred Armisen as bin Laden,
supposedly in a video he'd made of his revised will. And Jason
Sudeikis as Satan, cheerful about his newest resident. And Seth
Meyers marveling at doubters who make President Obama “the first
black man who has to actually prove he killed someone.”
There was a debate of undeclared
presidential candidates, including Fey as Sarah Palin; and there was
Ellie Goulding as music guest. Despite some weak spots,this was
TODAY'S MUST-SEE: Harry Potter films, 9
a.m. to 11 p.m., ABC Family.
Six days before the final Potter film
opens in the U.S., viewers get another chance to catch up.
Here are the first four in order.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” (2001) is 9 a.m.,
followed by “Chamber of Secrets” (2002) at 12:30 p.m., “Prisoner
of Azkaban” (2004) at 4:30 p.m. and “Goblet of Fire” (2005) at
On Sunday, they'll start earlier – 7
a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – making room for “Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) at 9 p.m. That still
leaves two more at video stores.
TONIGHT'S ODDITY: “A Fairly Odd
Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner,” 8-9 p.m., Nickelodeon.
For a decade, the “Fairly OddParents”
cartoon has offered the amiable life of a boy whose fairy godparents
keep granting wishes. Now this film mixes live actors and
Timmy (Drake Bell) is turning 21, with
no desire to leave 5th grade or change his life. Nothing
can nudge him into adulthood … except that Tootie (Daniella Monet)
This was a great idea, destroyed by
having supporting actors overplay their parts to hideous excess. Some
kids may find that amusing, but grown-ups and other reasonable humans
will exit the room.
Other choices include:
– “CHAOS,” 8 p.m., CBS. The team
hopes to convince a dying dictator not to choose his violent son.
– “Law & Order: Criminal
Intent,” 9 p.m., NBC. When a rich investment banker is killed, the
suspects in this rerun include his business enemies and his
– “Expedition Impossible,” 9
p.m., ABC. In a rerun, teams race through a Moroccan canyon, dealing
with cranky camels and a sand storm.
– “Outcasts,” 9 p.m., BBC
America. One of the AC's (“advanced cultivars,” genetically
modified humans) has gone rogue. After saving someone, Fleur has
doubts about the new world's high ideals.
– “Rookie Blue,” 10 p.m., ABC.
This rerun offers a mixed day for Andy – a turning point with Luke,
a gory discovery at an accident scene.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. Two Emmy-winners, Debra Messing and Christine
Lahti, link in this rerun. They play friends, a TV host and an
assistant district attorney. After getting threats, Messing feels
she's closer to learning who abducted her sister, long ago.