TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Who Do You Think
You Are?” return, 8 p.m., NBC.
This surprisingly good series follows
celebrities as they learn of their roots. The results often offer
rich glimpses of history and human behavior; now the reruns settle
into summer Saturdays.
That starts with singer-actress Vanessa
L. Williams. She grew up comfortably as the daughter of two music
teachers in upstate New York, but two of her great-great-grandfathers
faced huge hurdles.
One was born a free man and fought in
the Union army. The other was born a slave; after the war, he became
a teacher and – until South Carolina laws stopped progress – a
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Saturday
Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Here's a rerun of the season-finale,
which was one of the year's best episodes.
The host was Justin Timberlake, who is
always game for anything from sketches to films to comic songs. The
music guest was Lady Gaga, who also was in a funny sketch, as a
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Keeping Up
With the Randalls,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark (reruns Sunday).
Imagine the first time Jacqueline
Bouvier learned that games are mandatory at the Kennedy compound. Now
you understand the woe of the central character here.
Alicia is a city kid, a Los Angeles
fashion designer. Her boyfriend has taken her to his family cottage,
where life is full of outdoor games.
Like most Hallmark Channel films, this
is terribly predictable, but pleasant along the way. Roma Downey and
Marion Ross have small roles as the guy's mother and grandmother;
most of the focus, however, is on the exceptionally attractive Kayla
Ewell (“Vampire Diaries”) as Alicia.
Other choices include:
– “CHAOS,” 8 p.m., CBS. A former
agent, long considered dead, is being held captive. Now the team goes
on a rogue mission to rescue him; that will be followed by an
unspecified “Mentalist” rerun.
– “The Indestructibles,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. This series – which debuted last Sunday on the National
Geographic Channel – shows fierce events, then tries to explain why
they happened and how people survived. Tonight, a car goes airborne,
then explodes into pieces; also a man is mauled by young lions.
– “Super Eruption,” 9 p.m., Syfy.
Disaster always seems just under the surface when Syfy has a new
Saturday movie. This time, it's a deadly volcano in Yellowstone Park.
– “Primetime,” 9-11
p.m., ABC. In a change, ABC is dropping two other reruns and inserting this rerun. It's Diane Sawyer's two-hour interview and profile of Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at 11 and re-surfaced 18 years later.
– “Law & Order: Criminal
Intent,” 9 p.m., NBC. Andrea Roth, who is superb as Denis Leary's
wife in “Rescue Me,” is a guest star in this rerun about a murder
the follows a wine-tasting party.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. LuAnn de Lesseps, the “Real Housewives of
New York City” countess, os an art patron in this rerun. She finds
gruesome art; then a body is found.