TODAY’S MUST-SEE: “Godfather” films. All day, AMC.
Two of the all-time great films fill the day, for our
viewing or taping pleasure. “The Godfather” (1972) and “The Godfather Part II”
(1974) air at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., then at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., with the lesser
“Part III” (1990) at 2 a.m.
Those first two offer writer-director Francis Coppola at his
best. They offer a family saga of love, rage and retribution, even flashing
back (in the second film) to show how this began. The consummate casts include
Marlon Brando and James Caan in the first film, Robert De Niro in the second,
Al Pacino in both.
Both won Academy Awards for best picture. The American Film
Institute lists “Godfather” as the second-best movie ever (behind “Citizen
Kane”), with “Part II” at No. 32, the only sequel in the top 100.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Parks and Recreation,” 8-9 p.m., NBC.
Tentative plans call for a “Women of Saturday Night Live”
special, from 9-11 p.m. Before that, here’s a chance to catch one of the best
of those women.
Amy Poehler thrived for eight seasons on “SNL,” then moved
to this quietly clever series. She currently has her fourth straight Golden
Globe nomination in “Parks and Recreation” … which has its first best-series
nomination … for an upcoming Globe ceremony she’ll co-host with Tina Fey,
another of the great “SNL” women.
Tonight, “Parks” reruns a two-parter. Leslie (Poehler) is in
London for an award, bringing Ben, April, Andy and a reluctant (as usual) Ron.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Ground Floor,” 10 p.m., TBS.
This requires acting: Skyler Astin (as Brody) spends this series
in love and lust with Briga Heelan (as Jenny). Now his real-life girlfriend Anna
Camp guests as his ex-lover.
She plays a Harvard grad who booms into this all-male
domain. It’s an inconsistent but fun episode that offers a “Pitch Perfect”
reunion, with Astin, Camp and (as torrid Tori) Alexis Knapp; in the spirit of
that movie, Astin, Camp and Heelan are in good voice at the karaoke bar.
Other choices include:
Football, 6 and 9:30 p.m., ESPN. After a one-day break, the
bowl rush resumes. First, the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl has Pittsburgh, with a
6-6 record (the minimum for a bowl) and Bowling Green, 10-3; then the
Poinsettia Bowl has Northern Illinois, 11-1, and Utah State, 8-5.
Non-fiction, 7-10:30 p.m., Bravo. This starts with a new
twist for “Inside the Actors Studio” – a father-daughter interview involving
Bruce and Laura Dern. Then the “Millionaire Matchmaker” has two hours involving
other Bravo people. At 8 p.m. is a rerun with the refreshingly vibrant Courtney
Kerr (whose “Courtney Loves Dallas” is at 10 p.m.); at 9 is a new hour with Rosie
Pierri of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
“Glee,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. The first rerun has Rachel and
Kurt returning to town as the glee club prepares “Grease”; also, Cassandra
(Kate Hudson) brings fresh detours to Rachel. The second, from a year ago,
weaves holiday stories, from Artie’s dream to Jake and Puck’s Hanukah and Sam
and Brittany’s fear of a Mayan-predicted apocalypse.
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the women
join the guys’ “Dungeons & Dragons” game, bringing a change in the
relationship of Sheldon and Amy. Meanwhile, Raj goes on an awkward (and
painfully funny) date with Lucy, played by the terrific Kate Micucci.
“The Millers,” 8:31-10 p.m., CBS. This first-year show –
strong in ratings, mixed in quality – offers three reruns. First, Carol (Margo
Martindale) learns her son Nathan (Will Arnett) is seeing a therapist; she
arranges her own appointment. Then she decides that the cemetery plots must be
re-arranged, now that Nathan has divorced and his parents have separated. In
the third, there’s a scheme to get the parents together by having them divide
“20/20,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. Ten days before “Downton Abbey” has
its elegant season-opener, ABC takes a look at the world it depicts. That views
the history of such mansions and their modern equivalent … including the current
life at the estate that is used for “Downton” scenes.
“Elementary,” 10:01 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Sherlock
trying to prevent a mega-heist in the midst of a giant blizzard.