TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Emmy Awards, 8-11
With Jane Lynch (“Glee”) hosting
and Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) producing, we can expect this to be
fast and fun, including lots of short comedy bits. Even “in
memoriam” will be upbeat, Burnett says.
HBO has the newest drama challengers
(“Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones”) and many of the
top movies and mini-series (“Mildred Pierce,” “Too Big to
Fail,” “Cinema Verite”).
Meanwhile, this is the final chance for
“Friday Night Lights” and its two stars to get a well-deserved
Emmy; it's also the final chance for Steve Carell on “The Office.”
And it's a bigger chance for drama actors; Bryan Cranston isn't
eligible because “Breaking Bad” didn't fit this season's time
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “The Good Wife,”
8 and 9 p.m., CBS.
At the Emmys, this has nine
nominations, including best drama series, best actress (Julianna
Margulies) and supporting actress (Archie Panjabi, who won last
year). Here, people can see their work.
The first rerun has Alicia (Margulies)
raging at Kalina for her one-night stand with Peter. The second, the
season-finale, sees them trying to set that aside so they can focus
on a murder case.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Breaking
Bad,” 10 p.m., AMC.
Battered and weary, Walt misses his
son's birthday. He leaves his wife on her own, with her strange
scheme for handling the money. And he leaves Jesse almost alone, with
Stick with this one. It starts slowly
and ends with a power punch.
– “Love Begins,” 1 and 9 p.m.,
Hallmark. Here are two chances to see this OK film about a quiet
cowboy (Wes Brown) and an overworked farm-owner (Julie Mond). This is
a prequel to the seven “Love Comes Softly” movies. You can catch
the final three of those at 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
– Emmy previews. The E channel does
this big, with a preview at 5 p.m. and Ryan Seacrest's red-carpet
show from 6-8 p.m. There's more, at 7: Fox is on the red carpet; the
TV Guide Network has a preview.
– “Kung Fu Panda” (2008), 6 p.m.,
and “Monsters vs. Aliens” (2009), 8 and 10 p.m. The kids aren't
planning on seeing the Emmys, so here are some animated movies.
“Monsters,” for instance, has enough witty moments to keep the
– Football, 8:20 p.m., NBC. Michael
Vick has his first return to Atlanta, with the Eagles. They had a
10-6 record in the regular season last year and opened this year
31-13 over St. Louis. Atlanta had a 13-3 record (the NFC's best), but
lost this year's opener to the Bears, 30-12.
– “Masterpiece Mystery,” 9-10:30
p.m., PBS. Who knew that religious colleges were so deadly? As one
prepares to elect a leader, there' jealousy and murders. For
Inspector Lewis, not that big on higher education, it's a tough case.
This movie is fairly stagnant, then leaps into all-out melodrama.
– “CSI: Miami,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Horatio has finally captured the last of the prison escapees. Then a
plan crashes and he escapes anew, in this rerun, with a dangerous