“The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS.
It's a rerun night
on the big networks, which we'd complain about bitterly ... except
some of the reruns are delightful. That starts with “Big Bang,”
TV's best comedy, doing what it's best at – isolating Sheldon
one-on-one. This time, he's with Bernadette, when they both skip a
Then comes “Mom,”
another great comedy. Allison Janney has won seven Emmys, including
two as Bonnie, the wayward great-grandma. She's enthusiastically
heterosexual, but during her financial troubles had a two-year
lesbian affair with Jeanine (Rosie O'Donnell), who resurfaces
“Safe Haven” (2013), 8 p.m., E.
At first glance,
this is just another movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel: On the
lam, a young woman (Julianne Hough) stops at a pretty, waterfront
town, where she's befriended by a widowed dad. She's cute, he's Josh
Duhamel, there is room here for romance, mystery and danger.
however, is that this one is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, a master of
classy subtlety. From “Gilbert Grape” to “Chocolat,” “Cider
House Rules” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hallstrom keeps
finding quiet human depth; here, he turns a so-so plot into a fairly
ALTERNATVE: “Project Runway Junior,” 9 p.m., Lifetime, rerunning
at 11:02 p.m.
Wasn't there a time
when teen-agers barely bothered to pick out their own clothes? Now
some of them are passionate and talented designers. This is the
second edition in which they compete.
You can watch the
entire first edition from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., then catch a rerun of the
second-season-opener at 7. It introduced one person who's the minimum
age (13), two who are the maximum (17) and nine who are in-between.
That debuted last week, after the “Project Runway” finale ...
which picked Erin Robertson as its 15th champione; now
“Runway” has a reunion at 8 p.m. today.
p.m., NBC. In a rerun, the employees come down with food poisoning at
the worst possible time – while preparing for the post-Thanksgiving
rush. Also, Amy fears it's morning sickness.
Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. In a funny rerun, Jack (Joel McHale)
tries the new world of Online dating. Naturally, he's awful at it and
needs to be rescued by millennials.
Talent Holiday Spectacular,” 9-11 p.m. NBC. This reruns a special
that includes the show's current champion (12-year-old Grace
VanderWaal), a previous champ (magician Mat Franco) and a runner-up
(Jackie Evancho), plus the Clairvoyats, the Olate Dogs and Professor
“Mysteries at the
Museum,” 9 p.m., Travel. The channel continues its icy-week theme.
Tonight, Don Wildmon probes the key elements that sank the Titanic;
on Friday, he views a North Pole expedition.
Unsaid,” 9-11 p.m. ET, CNN. Barring a late change – which happens
at CNN – this terrific documentary will rerun. Anderson Cooper
profiles a fascinating woman: His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who went
from a rich and lonely kid to a vibrant lover of arts and people.
10 p.m., ABC. It's definitely a good night when we get TV's three
best comedies in one night -- “Big Bang,” “Mom” and this one.
In a rerun, Phil has a real-estate segment on local TV.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 10:31, ABC. Is it time for some Halloween fun? In this
rerun, Louis obsesses on scaring Jessica ... who's busy trying to
write a horror novel.