TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “It’s Complicated” (2009), 8-10:30
Jane (Meryl Streep) has a sunny world of smiles and flowers.
Then – at her son’s college graduation – she meets her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) and complicates her life.
Steve Martin also stars in a film by writer-director Nancy
Meyers. Like other Meyers films (from “Baby Boom” to “The Holiday”), it’s
pleasant enough, in an uncomplicated way.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m.,
Musically, this rerun is fine. Maroon 5 – with Adam Levine,
NBC’s new favorite – is the music guest; host Jeremy Renner shows he’s pretty
good at singing and playing the piano.
And the rest? Well, there’s a good “Weekend Update,” with Gov. Chris
Christie, fresh from Hurricane Sandy; there’s also a neatly odd bit with the ultimate
gun stand-off. Othes are mixed, at best.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The White Queen,” 8 p.m., Starz.
The first two episodes of this terrific 10-parter had
moments of genuine joy, as King Edward IV met and married the good-hearted
Elizabeth Woodhill. Naturally, things soon crumbled.
As this hour begins, Edward is held prisoner by his cousin
Warwick, who has a scheme: Parliament will agree to make George -- Edward’s
weak-willed brother, married to Warwick’s reluctant daughter – king.
It’s a great episode, storm-tossed moments. There are
powerful performances by the stars … and a neatly eccentric one by Amanda Hale
(the inspector’s wife in “Ripper Street”) as the obsessed Margaret.
Other choices include:
“For Love of the Game” (1999), 7-9:30 p.m., TV Guide. Before
tackling his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi made this smaller film
about a pitcher (Kevin Costner) in what could be his final game. The baseball
scenes and the drama moments are fairly well-made.
“The Princess and the Frog” (2009), 7:15 p.m., ABC Family;
repeats at 9:15. Alongside all its computer-crafted Pixar hits, Disney came up
with this traditionally drawn tale. It moves the story to New Orleans, where
Randy Newman’s songs fit the setting. Anika Noni Rose stars.[i]
Sports, 7:30 p.m. (ABC) and 8 p.m. ET (CBS). Half the
big-four networks are tied up tonight, so don’t expect many scripted shows. ABC
has NASCAR from Bristol, Tenn.; CBS has pre-season football, with Peyton
Manning’s Denver Broncos hosting the St. Louis Rams.
More movies, 8 p.m., cable. Costner also has his
Oscar-winning “Dances With Wolves” (1990) on Encore. HBO has “Life of Pi”
(2012), which is splendid on a big screen and interesting on a small one. There
are adventures – “Karate Kid” (2010) on FX, “The Bourne Identity” (2002) on
A&E and the splendid “Red” (2010) on TNT. And Lifetime’s new “Escape from
Polygamy” has a teen fleeing from a forced marriage.
“Bones,” 9 p.m., Fox. To solve a case, Booth must pretend to
be a would-be comedian at an open-mic night. Meanwhile, Angela falls for a
street artist who is literally stuck to part of a murder victim.
“Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m., AMC. Needing more lumber for their
railway, Cullen and Elam head deep into Indian territory.
“Do No Harm,” 10 p.m., NBC. Troubled by his alter-ego, Jason
finds himself banned from meeting his son and viewed with suspicion at the