TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Adam Levine is your all-purpose NBC
star. He coaches on “The Voice,” visits Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon
and did the New Year's Eve show. Twice, his Maroon 5 band was the
“SNL” music guest.
Now he has his first time as host;
Kendrick Lamar is music guest.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: Figure-skating,
3-6 p.m. and 8-11p.m., NBC.
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships
dominate the weekend.
The duo and dance finals are this
afternoon; then the women have their solo finals tonight. Things wrap
up from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, when the men have their finals. On both
days, the commentary is by Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezick and others.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Goodnight For
Justice: Queen of Hearts,” 8 and 10 p.m., Hallmark Movie Channel.
Luke Perry returns to the role of John
Goodnight, an honest judge riding the frontier circuit. Always on the
move, he lacks a home or a friend; a canny beauty (Katharine
Isabelle) easily attracts him.
There's a catch, of course: Lots of
people want to capture or kill her, possibly with good reason.
We'll have to forgive some slow
stretches. And the fact that the best line is stolen from “Butch
Cassidy.” And that the villain (Rick Schroder) has widely variable
competence. This is still an OK part of a cowboy day, following “Mail
Order Bride” (2008) at 4 p.m. and “Hannah's Law” (2012) at 6.
Other choices include:
– “Snow Beast” (2011), 7 p.m.;
and “The Abominable Snowman” (1996), 9 p.m., Syfy. This
double-feature could cure any temptation to go outdoors in the winter
time. Large beasts lurk.
– “The Taste,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
Here's a rerun of Tuesday's opener. It's identical to “The Voice”
– four celebrities choosing people before seeing them – with two
key differences: There are no spinning chairs and, alas, no chances
for viewers to form an opinion. Until TV's transmit tastes, this will
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Sam has disappeared during undercover work in Sudan.
– “Chloe” (2009), 8-10 p.m.,
Lifetime Movie Network. What might have been just another seductress
tale becomes much more, thanks to gifted director Atom Egoyan and a
great cast. Convinced that her husband (Liam Neeson) is cheating on
her, a woman (Julianne Moore) hires a young beauty (Amanda Seyfried)
to lure him. Then come the extra layers of depth and suprise.
– “Ripper Street,” 9 p.m., BBC
America. This is set in a Victorian London neighborhood that was
terrorized by Jack the Ripper. An honest cop (Matthew Macfadyen, who
was Mr. Darcy in the most recent “Pride & Prejudice”) and a
decadent doctor try to catch crooks. Tonight, they find a youth gang
that's sort of “Oliver Twist” turned deadly. Like last week's
opener, it's dark and dreary, but well-made.
– “Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual,”
9 and 9:30 p.m., WE. These episodes see Lauper making a
public-service announcement and trying to dine alone with her
husband. They rerun from 10-11 p.m. and midnight to 1 a.m.; others
(Cannes and Coney Island) rerun from 8-9 p.m. and 11 p.m. to
– “20/20, 10 p.m., ABC. After a
couple of 8 p.m. tries, the Saturday edition moves to 10.