TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live” season-opener,
11:29 p.m., NBC.
The 39th season begins with Tina Fey hosting,
Arcade Fire as music guest … and some of the most drastic changes in the show’s
Gone are big stars -- Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason
Sudeikis. Edging out is Seth Meyers, whose own show starts in February; he’s no
longer head writer and he’ll share the news desk with Cicely Strong.
Tim Robinson retreats to the writers’ room and six newcomer arrive.
Five are obscure; one (Beck Bennett) is omnipresent in all those cell-phone
commercials with kids.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Crazy Ones” and “Mom,” 8 and
8:30 p.m., CBS.
Here are quick reruns of CBS’ best two new comedies, each guided
by a talented producer.
“Mom” is from Chuck Lorre, who keeps scoring in situation
comedies -- “Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Mike & Molly” and
more. “Crazy Ones” is from David E. Kelly, a master of one-hour dramas (“Ally
McBeal,” “Boston Legal,” etc.), making his first sitcom.
Add some top actors – Robin Williams, Allison Janney and
more – and you have great fun.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: The Blacklist,” 9 p.m., NBC.
If you missed this show’s terrific debut Monday, here’s a
On the surface, it
may seem to be swiped from “Silence of the Lambs” – a master crook,
incarcerated and working with a young female FBI agent. But it’s sparked by
James Spader’s richly eccentric work, making the character (and the show)
Other choices include:
Football, 7 p.m. Fox and 8 p.m. ABC. Half of the big-four
networks have games tonight. (Don’t complain; next week it’s three-fourths.) Fox
has Wisconsin at Ohio State; ABC has Arizona and Washington.
“Chicago Fire,” 8 p.m., NBC. Here’s a rerun of Tuesday’s OK
opener, with a bomber targeting Severide.
Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Two
animated sequels, both providing family fun, collide. ABC Family has
“Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006); Disney (at 8:05, actually) has “Cars 2” (2011).
And grown-ups? FX has the third “Twilight” film (2010); BET has “Precious”
(2009), with six Oscar nominations (including best picture) and wins for its
script and Mo’Nique’s supporting performance.
“Hostages,” 9 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of Monday’s debut,
with its stark premise – holding a doctor’s family hostage until she kills the
president. It’s not something you’re likely to covet for its 15-week run.
“The White Queen,” 9 p.m., Starz. By now, several people
actually believe the queen is practicing witchcraft. That belief, mixed with rage
and envy, becomes deadly in a strong hour.
“Saturday Night Live,” 10 p.m., NBC. Here’s a shortened
rerun of Melissa McCarthy’s Emmy-nominated hosting gig, with Phoenix as the
“Orphan Black,” 10 p.m., BBC America. This terrific series
finds Sarah’s ruse stretched way too far. In this is rerun, she’s still
pretending to be the lookalike cop who actually committed suicide. Now her
colleagues have found the body of a would-be assassin she buried.