TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Five,” 8 p.m.,
Lifetime; also, midnight and same times Sunday.
If you missed this on Monday, catch it
now. Splendidly crafted, it's the best TV movie in years.
It's actually five movies, each with a
breast-cancer theme, but feels seamless. The little girl in the
first film becomes the centerpiece (Jeanne Tripplehorn) of the fifth;
she appears briefly in the others.
Novice directors – Demi Moore,
Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys – made the first three films, with
Penelope Spheeris and Patty Jenkins doing the others. There's humor,
tragedy, joy and deep emotion.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Two and a Half
Men,” 8 p.m., CBS.
In a late change, CBS reruns this
season-opener, which ranges from pretty good to hilarious.
It opens at Charlie's funeral, in a
scene that's typical for “Men” – sometimes funny and sometimes
heavy-handed. Stick around; in the second half, Alan (Jon Cryer)
meets Walden (Ashton Kutcher), a lovelorn billionaire. Their
two-person moments are gems, fine actors given sharp material.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Front of the
Class (2008),” 6:30 and 8:45 p.m., Hallmark; or “Finding a
Family,” 8 and 10 p.m., Hallmark Movie Channel.
Both channels have true stories of
someone facing steep odds. In “Class,” a would-be teacher has
Tourette's syndrome; in “Family,” a teen in an orphanage
struggles get into Harvard.
“Class,” originally on CBS, is
brilliant, with great work from star Jimmy Wolk. “Family” feels
over-stretched at times, but remains involving.
Other choices include:
– Sports, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC and Fox.
ABC has NASCAR, from Charlotte, N.C.. Fox counters with the sixth
game of the American League's best-of-seven series, unless this ended
– “Harry's Law,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Camryn Manheim, one of the stars of David Kelley's “The Practice,”
plays the antagonist in this rerun. She's the prosecutor in a
– “How to Be a Gentleman,” 8:30
p.m., CBS. Let's credit CBS for putting a new, scripted comedy
episode on Saturdays – even though it's not the one promised. The
network set “Rules of Engagement” for last Saturday, then made a
late switch. “Rules” gets a better night (Thursdays); “Gentleman”
is dumped here. Tonight, Andrew reluctantly goes to the wedding of
his former fiancee.
– “CSI: Miami,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Here's a rerun of an episode from last March. After kidnapping
Natalia, an escaped convict insists – perhaps convincingly – that
he was framed.
– “Welcome to Sweetie Pie's”
debut, 9 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Once a back-up singer for Ike
and Tina Turner, Robbie Montgomery lost her singing voice and found a
career owning a soul-food restaurant in St. Louis. This reality show
catches some amiable people, including Montgomery, 71, and her son,
an ex-convict who turned his life around and nervously prepares to
propose to his girlfriend.
– “Don't Tell the Bride” debut,
10 p.m., OWN. Each week, a couple is given $25,000 for its wedding,
with one catch: The groom must plan every detail, surprising the
bride. The opener – with an easygoing guy, a precise bride and some
sniping commentary from Caroline Rhea – is moderately fun.
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Anna Faris hosts, with Drake as the music guest.