TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Devil Wears
Prada” (2006), 9-11 p.m., ABC.
A fun novel has been deftly adapted
into a movie. Anne Hathaway is just right as the brainy college grad,
interning at a fashion magazine; Meryl Streep is subtly perfect as
her demanding boss.
The master stroke involved choosing
David Frankel to direct. Earlier, he'd captured urban glamor in
episodes of “Sex and the City” and “Grapevine.” Now he brings
cosmopolitan class to “Prada.”
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Smash, 8
Barring a late change, here's another
chance to see this terrific show's third episode.
Karen (Katharine McPhee) is devastated
by just missing the lead in a Marilyn Monroe musical. She returns
home for a bridal shower and a sampling of real life in Iowa.
Meanwhile, the musical must fill the
Joe DiMaggio role. Will Chase – who has done eight Broadway
musicals – plays the front-runner.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Independent
Spirit Awards,” 10 p.m., IFC.
On the eve of the Academy Awards, the
Independent Film Channel celebrates modest-budget movies.
Best-picture choices include two films (“The Descendants” and
“The Artist”) up for the same award at the Oscars; they face
“50/50,” “Beginners,” “Drive” and “Take Shelter.”
Seth Rogen of “50/50” hosts.
Other Oscar nominees who are up for
Spirits are actors Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) and Jean
Dujardin (“The Artist”), actress Michelle Williams (“My Week
With Marilyn”) and, in support, Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”)
and Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”).
Other choices include:
– “Rules of Engagement,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, Jeff plans to surprise Audrey by remembering their
anniversary. Also, Timmy has to be Russell's translator on a date.
– “The Preacher's Wife” (1996), 8
p.m. ET, Flix. This film was scheduled prior to the death of Whitney
Houston, who has the title role. The story is so-so, but the gospel
music is vibrant, with help from Cissy Houston (Whitney's mom),
Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lewis and more.
– More movies, 8 p.m., cable. On
Oscar eve, Showtime has “The King's Speech” (2010), which won
four Academy Awards, including best picture, actor (Colin Firth),
script and director. Turner Classic Movies has “Grapes of Wrath”
(1940); it won for director John Ford and supporting actress Jane
Darwell and was nominated for five more, including best picture.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:30
p.m., CBS. Alan finds troubles, fresh from the hospital, in this
– “The Mentalist,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In a rerun, one person has been killed on a rich family's compound
and another is missing.
– “Witchslayer Gretl,” 9-11 p.m.,
Syfy. What happened after Hansel and Gretel (or Gretl) faced that
killer witch? This story comes decades later, with lots of action
deep in the woods. Younger actors fight and scream a lot; midway in
the film, Shannen Doherty arrives as a mysterious, malevolent force.
– “Being Human,” 9 p.m., BBC
America. While the American version (Mondays on Syfy) is in its
second season, the British original starts its fourth. The
third-season finale (rerunning at 8) brought deadly changes. Now the
new season has another key death, plus a flash-forward, a baby (of
werewolf parents) who's crucial to the future and more. It's a
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Charlie Day of “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
hosts this rerun, with music by Maroon 5.