TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 10 and 11:29 p.m., NBC.
The first time Zach Galifianakis hosted
“SNL,” he brought a neatly off-center touch. He even opened with
bits that seemed straight from his wonderfully offbeat stand-up act.
Now he's back , with Of Monsters and
Men as music guest. Before that, the 10 p.m. rerun has Jennifer
Lawrence hosting – predicting (correctly) that she would win an
Academy Award – and the Lumineers as music guest. Its best moments
are in a filmed “Hobbit” take-off.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “The Following,”
9 p.m., Fox.
If you missed the season-finale Monday,
here's a second chance.
The structure worked wonderfully on
“24”: Create an intense hero, a smart villain and a growing
crisis; build it to an end-of-season climax, filmed with movie
Be warned, however: Like “24,” this
leans on horrendous torture; unlike “24,” it requires the villain
to conveniently turn foolish. Also, it has an ending that robs us of
the needed closure
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Movie, 8 p.m.,
A great movie night is filled with
terrific choices, especially at 8.
“Juno” (2007, E) and “The Devil
Wears Prada” (2006, Oxygen) are comedy-drama gems. There's also
action – Arnold Schwarzegger's “Predator” (1984, G4) and
“X-Men:The Last Stand” (2006, FX).
And there's more, including Encore's
month of Elvis Presley films. This one is “Jailhouse Rock”
(1957), not to be confused with the bland-pop films that followed.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote the title song, plus “Treat Me
Nice,” “I Want to Be Free” and “You're So Square But I Don't
Other choices include:
– More movies, earlier. You don't
have to wait until 8 p.m. At 7, WE has the Oscar-winning “Titanic”
(1997) and Hallmark has Matthew Perry in the likable, real-life “Ron
Clark Story” (2005). Also, “21 Jump Street” (2012), 7:05 p.m.
on Starz, is fun; “Jerry Maguire” (1996, 7:30, TV Guide) is
– “Smash,” 8 p.m., NBC. Last week
saw “Bombshell” gaining traction, while “Hit List” was
wobbling. Jimmy – its composer and star – was fired after
performing drunk at a key showcase for potential producers. Now a
surprising event binds the two shows.
– “Person of Interest,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun of the season-opener, Finch has been kidnapped by his
hacker nemesis. Reese must get the police involved … while also
tracing a new person-of-interest.
– “48 Hours,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS.
The second hour, CBS says, traces the bizarre story of a seemingly
successful restaurateur and chef whose wife disappeared. The
investigation continued for a year and then he jumped off a 200-foot
cliff. Even then, the story wasn't over; grotesque details followed.
– “Mr. Hockey,” 9-11 p.m.,
Hallmark. In a workmanlike way, this film traces the first year that
Gordie Howe teamed professionally with his two sons. It's an
interesting story, told adequately.
– Still more movies, 9 pm., here are
dandy films that deserved bigger audiences. “Salmon Fishing in the
Yeoman” (2011, Showtime) mixes serene drama, perfectly directed by
Lasse Hallstrom, and bursts of wit. “Looper” (2012, Starz) is a
smart time-travel tale, spiced with great support from Jeff Daniels.