TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Movies, 8 p.m., cable.
The night overflows with movies that drew Academy Award
nominations for best picture.
Two of them won – “Forrest Gump” (1994, ABC Family) and “How
Green Was My Valley” (1941, Turner Classic Movies). That’s three if you count “Crash”
(2004) at 8:30 p.m. on TV Guide.
And three more were best-picture nominees. “The Social
Network” (2010, FXX) and “Good Will Hunting” (1997, Encore) won Oscars for
their scripts; “The Fugitive” (1993, Independent Film Channel) and “Hunting”
won supporting-actor Oscars for Tommy Lee Jones and Robin Williams, respectively.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Mike & Molly,” 8-9 p.m., CBS.
When one of its new shows (“We Are Men”) crashed instantly,
CBS suddenly remembered it had “Mike & Molly” waiting on the shelf. Now
comes the big push – two reruns tonight (replacing the scheduled “Two and a
Half Men” reruns), then a hilarious new episode Monday.
Tonight’s shows eye Molly’s birthday. First, she collides
with Mike’s mom during party-planning. Then Mike has grand plans for the
birthday … until he encounters psychedelic gelato from Veronica’s friend.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Blacklist,” 9 p.m., NBC.
At a wobbly time for new shows, this one has become a quick
ratings hit. If you haven’t started seeing it on Mondays, you can catch a sampling
with this rerun.
Liz (Megan Boone) is a new FBI agent with double trouble:
She’s probing her husband, after finding his box filled with secret passports.
Also, she’s a witness against a crime lord; the key witness has been kidnapped …
apparently, says Red (James Spader), by the notorious “Stewmaker.”
Other choices include:
Movie sequels, cable. Skipping the first film, two action
series have their second and third films. Syfy has the fairly good “Indiana
Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984) at 6:30 p.m. and the superb “Indiana Jones
and the Last Crusade” (1989) at 9 p.m. TNT has “Mission Impossible II” at 8 and
“MI3” at 10:30.
Sports overload. Horses and halfbacks share the top networks.
The big one has Miami (ranked No. 7 on ESPN) at Florida State (ranked No. 3);
that’s on ABC at 8 p.m. … the same time that NBC has the Breeders Club Classic.
At 7 p.m., Fox has Oklahoma State (No. 18) at Texas Tech (No. 15).
“Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Ken Olin plays a
writer whose daughters have disappeared, on the anniversary of the day of the
day his wife disappeared.
“Dancing on the Edge,” 9 p.m., Starz. Last week, this richly
crafted show ended with a jolt. Jessie (Angel Coulby), the superb jazz singer,
had been knifed. Now, as she lingers between life and death, her friends go
on. There are joyous moments, despair
and bursts of great music.
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Kerry Washington,
the “Scandal” star, hosts with Eminem as the music guest.