TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Dmitri Martin:
Standup Comedian,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central.
One of the best new stand-up comics in
years, Dmitri Martin can do it all.
He offers terse lines – “I wonder
if it's rude for a deaf person to talk with food in hands” –
criticizes signs (he used to think “wet floor” was a command) and
makes clever new ones for bulletin boards.
He strums the guitar, doodles and
analyzes customs. Why, for instance, must we yell “surprise” at a
surprise party. “I come home and people emerge from my furniture, I
don't have to be told how to feel.”
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Saturday
Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Mick Jagger does it all in this rerun.
He hosts, is the music guest and does an “SNL Digital Short” song
with Beck, Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters; he's also in many of the
sketches, playing an economist, a karaoke novice and Steven Tyler
Still, the focus at the beginning and
end is on Kristen Wiig, in her last night as an “SNL” regular.”
TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE: “Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles” debut, 11 a.m. to noon, Nickelodeon.
Back in 1987, this cartoon became a hit
with its odd blend of action and humor. Now, 25 years later, it's
back; the title song – like everything else in the show (and in
life) – is done at a turbo pace.
This “Turtles” offers a lot of the
back story, plus a mixture of noisy action, clever moments and sheer
silliness. Many kids will like most of it; their parents will find
some redeeming moments.
Other choices include:
--”Homeland,” noon to 12:30 a.m.,
Showtime. When this show swept the top drama Emmys, many viewers had
never seen it. Here's the entire first season, on the eve of the
second season's opener.
– “Vegas,” 8 p.m., CBS. In 1960
Las Vegas, this series says, there were corrupt cops, marauding
bikers and scheming mobsters trying. Into this swirl came Ralph Lamb,
a rancher-turned-sheriff. He's a real guy, played with perpetual
scowl by Dennis Quaid; tonight brings a rerun of Tuesday's so-so
– “Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Before he can rescue his brother, Miles needs help. He searches for
Nora (Daniella Alonso), who's been fighting the militia.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. This rerun of Wednesday's episode finds
people scrambling to clear Capt. Cragen of a murder charge. There are
some neat plot twists, plus rich guest roles for Dean Winters, Paget
Brewster, Peter Jacobson and more.
– “Elementary,” 9 p.m., CBS. This
rerun of Thursday's debut finds Sherlock Holmes as a transplanted
Englishman in modern New York City; he's a recovering alcoholic, with
a former doctor (Watson, played by Lucy Liu) watching him. The story
is so-so, but these two characters are terrific.
– “Lake Placid: The Final
Adventure,” 9-11 p.m., Syfy. A bus driver – who really should
have paid more attention – inadvertently takes teens into a
restricted area filled with killer crocodiles. That's the start of a
reasonably well-made horror film, with Yancy Butler as tough-talking
– “Doctor Who,” 9 p.m., BBC
America. For two years and 35 episode, Karen Gillan has been a
terrific co-star. Here's her final episode. New York's statues come
to life, as she scrambles to save her husband.