PLEASE NOTE: If you're in the East Lansing, Mich., area, check WKAR World (23.3 digital) at 7 p.m. today. That's the debut of “Moyers & Company,” with one
of TV's great newsmen, Bill Moyers, returning to what does best:
In the opener, Moyers focuses on economic disparity – the growing gap between the richest one percent and the others. He interviews authors who say moves in recent decades, trimming taxes for the wealthy, have built that gap.
Many other public-TV stations air this on Sunday. I've put a similar note atop the Sunday column, listing some of the times and stations.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Football, 4:30
p.m., Fox; 8 p.m., CBS.
Today's winners will be one win away
from the Super Bowl. The day includes three teams that went 13-3 in
the regular season … plus the Denver Broncos, who survived an 8-8
First, the San Francisco 49ers host the
New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees' record-setting passing game. Then
Tom Brady's New England Patriots host Tim Tebow and the Broncos.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Daniel Radcliffe has shown there can be
fun after Harry Potter. He's ranged from a clever bit on HBO's
“Extras” to 10 months of starring in the Broadway musical “How
To Succeed Without Really Trying.”
Now he hosts “SNL”; Lana Del Rey is
the music guest.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Miss America,
9-11 p.m., ABC.
Once an annual ratings hit, this
pageant started wandering. It went from Atlantic City to Las Vegas,
from September to January. It went from NBC to ABC to cable and back.
Now comes the second year of its return
to ABC. Bach as hosts are Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor” and
Brooke Burke Charvet of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Other choices include:
– “The Firm,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. If
you missed this film's debut last Sunday, here's a second chance. Be
warned – it's a complex tale that flashes back and forth over a
10-year period, with schemes and counter-schemes. Also, it's the
series opener and the second episode has already aired on Thursday.
– “(500) Days of Summer” (2009),
8-10 p.m., E. These days, viewers are used to Zooey Deschanel's
outgoing persona in “New Girl.” Here's the opposite: In a smart
comedy, she plays Summer, the understated beauty who nudges a
depressed guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) out of his lethargy.
– “The King's Speech” (Showtime)
and “Black Swan” (HBO), both 2010, 8 p.m. You can choose between
two of last year's best-picture Oscar nominees. “King's Speech,”
which won, is broadly popular and uplifting, based on a real-life
tale; “Black Swan” is harsher, but beautifully crafted, with an
Oscar-winning performance from Natalie Portman.
– “A Taste of Romance,” 8 and 10
p.m., Hallmark. She (Teri Polo) has a fancy French restaurant; he's a
former fireman starting a meat-and-potatoes place next door. “He's
an overgrown child,” she fumes. They like his daughter and dislike
each other; it all fits the pleasant-enough Hallmark formula.
– “Terra Nova,” 9 p.m., Fox. In a
rerun, the 11th group of colonists arrive.
– “The Fades” debut, 9 p.m., BBC
America. Until now, this channel has settled for importing shows –
good ones, mostly – from England. Now here's a show it co-produced
overseas. A teen is troubled by visions of ghosts and disaster; now a
loner explains it to him.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. In a rape case, the witness and the alleged
victim are in a mental institution. That makes it harder to sort out