TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Basketball, CBS.
With only two eight teams left in the
NCAA tournament, viewers no longer have to jump between broadcast and
cable. CBS can do it all, leaving room for most of its primetime
Today's games are at 4:20 and about
6:55 p.m. ET; Sunday's are at 2:10 and 4:55.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Saturday
Night Live” (NBC) or “Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup” (Comedy
Central), both 11:30 p.m.
“SNL” has a rerun, with Russell
Brand as host and Chris Brown as music guest. Going against it is a
new stand-up special by its former star.
Macdonald rambles on subjects that
aren't naturals for comedy – death, missing women, murder and
alcoholism. Most of it is dark and bleak; some of it is surprisingly
funny. Then he ends with O.J. Simpson – the subject that got him
fired from “SNL”; his new comments are brief and hilarious.
TONIGHT'S ODDITY: “Mildred Pierce”
(1945), 8-10 p.m., Turner Classic Movies.
Watch this film tonight and the HBO
mini-series that starts Sunday. The combination will cure you of any
belief that movies were better in the old days.
This version – a human drama,
disguising as a murder story – was highly regarded. Joan Crawford
won an Oscar for best actress; there were nominations for best
picture, screenplay, black-and-white cinematography and (in support)
Ann Blyth and Eve Arden.
It is, indeed, beautifully acted,
directed (by Michael Curtiz) and filmed. By modern standards,
however, it's blunt and heavy-handed, with hideous plot twists and a
central character who makes no sense.
Other choices include:
– “Dancing With the Stars” (8
p.m.) and “No Ordinary Family” (10 p.m.), ABC. In a change, ABC
starts by rerunning the “Dancing” season-opener, then has a new
“Family.” Stephanie (Julie Benz) is zoomed to the future, where
she sees doom; that sets up the season finale, on April 5.
– “Harry's Law,” 8 p.m., NBC.
This rerun has Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye”) as a transgendered
performer and Richard Kind as Harriet's former boyfriend, whose
current client seems guilty.
– “Law & Order: Los Angeles,”
9 p.m., NBC. In the rerun of a poor episode, a former member of a
Manson-type gang, just out of prison, has been killed.
– “Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS.
A kidnapped woman has been killed. Robert Knepper – a great villain
in “Prison Break” and “Heroes” – guests in this rerun, as
the devoted son of a former movie star.
– “Shut Up & Sing” (2006), 9
p.m., CMT. Country music was crippled when stations blacklisted the
Dixie Chicks for their political views. This award-winning
documentary follows the Chicks afterward; Cecilia Peck (Gregory's
daughter) co-directed with two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, a woman with a clean image is
found dead in a fountain, after a promiscuous night. David Krumholtz