TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Law &
Order: Criminal Intent,” 8-11 p.m., NBC.
Over the next two nights, NBC will fill
prime time with six hours of this fairly good cop show. These
previously aired on cable, so they'll be new to many viewers.
In tonight's first hour, a fresh murder
bears the signs of someone who was executed six months ago. Is there
a copycat – or did Serena Stevens (Saffron Burrows) catch the wrong
In the second, a college student has
been drained of blood; theories range from a sex game to vampire
cultists. In the third, the owner of a popular food truck has been
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: College
football, 8 p.m. ET, ABC.
This is opening day for most colleges.
That fills the afternoon on four networks, then takes over ABC
tonight, with Louisiana State and North Carolina in the “Kickoff
Game” from Atlanta.
If that one doesn't interest you,
switch to ESPN. At 7:45 p.m., it has Oregon State and Texas
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Graduate”
(1967), 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies.
It's a great movie night everywhere,
but let's start with this one.
The story – college grad stumbles
into romances with an older woman and her daughter – is so-so, but
director Mike Nichols took it from there. He cast Anne Bancroft and
newcomer Dustin Hoffman and took the then-unusual step of using
Simon-and-Garfunkel songs as the only background music.
Starting with the first scene, moments
grab you with the music and visuals alone. “Graduate” was
nominated for six other Oscars (including best picture); the one it
won, appropriately, was for Nichols,
Other choices include:
– Reality marathons. Animal Planet
starts “Pit Boss” at 11 a.m.; A&E starts “Billy the
Exterminator” at 6 p.m. They continue until 3 and 4 a.m.,
– Double features, 7 and 9 p.m.,
cable. Take your pick tonight. CMT has “Young Guns” (1988) and
“Young Guns II” (1990), with Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland
and other cowboys. USA has the fun “Legally Blonde” (2001) and
“Legally Blonde 2” (2003), with Reese Witherspoon as a smart
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
8 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun from early in 2008, when William Petersen
was still there. Fighting the flu, he and his colleagues investigate
the murder of witnesses.
– More movies, 8 p.m., cable. It's a
can't-miss night. “Titanic” (1997, TBS) is a perfect blend of
epic tragedy and intimate drama. “Jerry Maguire” (1996, E) has
Tom Cruise, a smart script and wonderful support from Renee
Zellweger, Cuba Gooding and Jonathan Lipnicki. And the new “Camp
Rock 2” (Disney) has lots of pop songs from the Jonas Brothers and
– And more: “The Simpsons Movie”
(2007, 8:30 p.m. on FX) and Drew Barrymore's “Never Been Kissed”
(1999, 9 p.m. on Lifetime) are clever; “Twilight” (2008, 9 p.m.
on Showtime) is a mega-hit.
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of an exceptionally good episode. Tina Fey
hosts and has a funny bit about a Sarah Palin cable channel; Justin
Bieber adds some zestful music.