TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “How the Grinch
Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m., TBS.
No, your calendar isn't wrong. There
still are 50 days until Christmas, but cable gives us two holiday
specials – a new miniseries on Hallmark and this classic on TBS.
Back in 1966, forces linked perfectly.
Dr. Seuss' “Grinch” tale had humor and heart; co-director Chuck
Jones adding visual flair. Boris Karloff narrated; Thurl Ravenscroft
and June Foray (the voices of Tony the Tiger and Rocky Squirrel)
added the song and the voice of Cindy Lou Who. It's a masterpiece.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live, 11:29 p.m., NBC.
After three weeks of reruns, the show
is back to new episodes for the “sweeps” ratings period.
That includes the first hosting gig for
Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses” and “It's Always Sunny in
Philadelphia”) tonight and the second for Emma Stone, next week.
Tonight's music guest is Maroon 5.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: The Pastor's
Wife, 8 p.m., Lifetime.
Back in 2006, the quiet wife of a
clergyman in small-town Tennessee killed her husband with a shotgun,
then drove away with their daughters. She was soon arrested in
It's a strange story, beautifully told
here. Canadian director Norma Bailey offers a sharp, distinctive
style and Rose McGowan is superb in the title role.
Other choices include:
– “The Roy Rogers Show” (noon)
and “Roy Rogers' 100th Birthday” (8:30-9:30 p.m.),
RFD-TV. This channel – via satellite and some cable systems –
celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of the
cowboy king. There's a regular rerun at noon and a special from
Rogers' old California ranch – with interviews, plus music by his
son and grandson – at 8:30.
– Football, 8 p.m., CBS. The two
top-rated teams collide, as Louisiana State visits Alabama. And the
No. 3 team? Oklahoma State hosts Kansas State on ABC or ESPN2, on a
busy football day.
– “Harry's Law” and “Prime
Suspect,” 8 and 9 p.m., NBC. You have to treat these hours
cautiously: Last week, in a late change, NBC switched both of its
shows. So tonight's reruns MIGHT involve a return of Harriet's fierce
nemesis (Jean Smart) at 8 and a maybe-deadly prostitute at 9.
– More movies, 8 p.m. This is a night
for beautifully made movies, sweet (“Beauty and the Beast,” 1991,
on ABC Family) or brutal (Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning work in
“There Will Be Blood,” 2007, on AMC). Also, Turner Classic Movies
has James Dean's “East of Eden” (1955).
– “Love's Christmas Journey,” 8
p.m. to midnight, Hallmark. After success with movies from Janette
Oke's frontier novels, Hallmark tries a mini-series. After the death
of her husband and daughter, Ellie visits her brother. Natalie Hall
(“All My Children”) stars, with Sean Astin, JoBeth Williams and
– “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 8:30
p.m., TBS. Here's another great movie; your VCR could be busy.
– “Terra Nova,” 9 p.m., Fox. A
flock of dinosaur birds endangers the community in this rerun. Also,
Elisabeth learns a former love interest may be responsible for
bringing her and her family here.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. A young mother says her car was stolen with
the baby inside. When stories don't add up, police dig in..