TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Will Ferrell returns to host his old
show, inhabiting most of the sketches.
He's George W. Bush in the fairly funny
opener and a bumbling “psychic” in the extremely funny
almost-closer. He's drunken reporter Randy Feather and a candidate
for mayor of Funkytown.
That's in an excellent rerun that also
has Usher, Liam Neeson, a terrific “Weekend Update” and more –
including Justin Bieber sparking a booming celebration of the 100th
“SNL Digital Video.”
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Castle, 9-11
Deftly switching moods, “Castle”can
be light one week and dead-serious the next.
Last week's rerun was filled with fun
'40s flashbacks. This week has a scramble to prevent a war.
That's in a two-parter that that (in a
late scheduling change) reruns in one night: A ruthless killer is
linked to an international scheme. Now Castle is working anew with
Sophia Turner (Jennifer Beals), a beautiful CIA agent whom he
fictionalized as Clara Strike in his novels.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Family-friendly
films, 9 and 11 p.m., cable.
Two movies debut, suggesting good
intentions and happy endings; both repeat Sunday.
GMC (formerly Gospel Music Channel) has
“Raising Izzie,” which is also at 7 p.m. A 14-year-old tries to
raise her 10-year-old sister, after their late mother left them money
and encouragement; a childless couple may help. The film re-unites
Rockmond Dunbar and Vanessa Williams (the "Melrose Place" one, not the Miss America one) from the “Soul Food” series
and is produced and directed by Roger Bobb, who did the same for
Tyler Perry's shows.
Hallmark has “How to Fall in Love." Eric Mabius, the guy every woman wanted
in”Ugly Betty,” is convincing as a guy no woman wants. He hires a
dating coach (Brooke D'Orsay) who was the most popular girl in his
class; this has no surprises, but a moderate amount of fun.
Other choices include:
– “30 Most Interesting Olympic
Moments,” 8 p.m., NBC. Bob Costas offers lot of clips and memories,
six days before the new games have their opening ceremony in London.
– “NYC 22,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a new
episode – scheduled earlier, then delayed – “White House”
(Leelee Sobieski) and “Jackpot” find a pregnant woman trapped in
a burning car. “Lazarus” and Tonya guard a PCP lab; Kenny and
Ahmed think they have an enviable assignment, working with a veteran
– “The Help” (2011), 8 p.m.,
Showtime, or “Moneyball” (2011), 9 p.m., Starz. Choose between
two nominees for the best-picture Oscar. Their subjects – racism in
the 1960s, baseball in 2002 – differ sharply, but both films are
well-crafted and entertaining, with surprising bursts of humor.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. The first rerun plays off headlines to have
a respected coach (Dan Lauria) accused of sexual abuse. The second
added Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) to the team. He found a complex story,
with a 13-year-old's pregnancy linked to a prominent family.
– “Todd Barry: Super Crazy,”
11p.m., Comedy Central. Forget the show's title; Barry brings a
quiet, casual style of stand-up humor. It works well as he discusses
such matters as being a lazy germaphobe.