TODAY'S MUST-SEE: Football, 4:30 and 8
p.m. ET, NBC.
This is the one time each year when pro
football steps into Saturday's prime time. It's a double-header for
NBC, which wraps up the season for John Madden, Al Michaels and
The first game has the division-winning
Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) hosting the wild-card New York Jets (9-7).
The second has the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, each 11-5,
playing for the second straight week in Dallas.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Demons,” 8
and 9 p.m., BBC America.
If you missed last week's opener, catch
it at 8. That's when Luke, an ordinary (albeit attractive) teen,
meets his American godfather. He learns he's the descendant of Van
Helsing, the famed vampire-hunter. Luke inherits an ancient library,
some weapons and a lot of enemies.
Then comes the new hour, with an angel
kidnapping children. Luke needs help from a blind pianist; and from
his friend (she'd prefer “girlfriend”) Ruby; and from an ancient
soul who dismisses Luke's godfather as a “colonist.” The result
has an appealing mix of drama, whimsy and throw-away humor.
Other choices include:
– “The Bachelor,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
If you missed Monday's season-opener, here's a second chance. The
good news: Jake Pavelka would seem to be a good catch, a pilot with a
fine physique (displayed often in the first half-hour) and pleasant
face. The bad: His conversation, while polite, leans toward
blandness. Fortunately, several of the 25 women are interesting.
– “Ghost Whisperer,” 8 p.m., CBS.
This rerun goes back to when Melinda was dating Sam, because he
contained her husband's soul. (Hey, life is complicated.) Tonight, he
catches her in lies.
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. It's a great
movie night everywhere. Sprawling epics? Families have “Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) on ABC Family; grown-ups
have the Oscar-winning “Gladiator” (2000) on TNT. Clever
comedies? Try “Sleepless in Seattle” (1999) on E or “Bruce
Almighty” (2003) on Oxygen. Great drama filmmaking? Catch “The
Fugitive” (1993) on AMC.
– “Numb3rs,” 9 p.m., CBS. In this
rerun, Charlie is trying to stop a new drug from hitting the streets.
His plan may put Liz (Aya Sumika) in danger.
– “The Wishing Well,” 9-11 p.m.,
Hallmark. TV loves transporting unhappy city people to sweet, little
towns. This film adds what may or may not be a magical twist: A
celebrity reporter (Jordan Ladd) writes about a wishing well in Slow
Creek, Ill.; then the twist begins. Ladd (Cheryl's daughter) is
likable enough to get us through the early, awful minutes. The story
gets much better in Slow Creek.
– “Castle,” 10 p.m., ABC. We
always knew that being a bike messenger was dangerous. Now a
messenger is killed to prevent the delivery of evidence; that forces
Kate and Castle to re-open the case.
– “Saturday Night Live,” times
vary, NBC. Charles Barkley hosts, with music from Alicia Keys. You'll
need patience, though: The football game is likely to put this a
half-hour or more behind its usual starting time in the Eastern
(11:29 p.m.) and Central (10:29 p.m.) zones.