TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS.
Soon enough, most cop shows have an
episode in which an actor or filmmaker shadows the heroes.
In this rerun, it's a TV talk-show
host, played by Aisha Tyler … who's been great as a sexy voice on
“Archer” and (this summer) as host of “Whose Line Is It
Anyway?” She follows the “Five-0” people, facing danger when
they have an unexpected collision with Wo Fat.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “Side by
Side,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
When “Slumdog Millionaire” piled up
its eight Academy Awards in 2009, one of them jolted people. It was
the first cinematography Oscar for a film shot mainly in digital.
So is this the era of filmless films?
There are strong arguments on both sides; this documentary talks to
our greatest filmmakers – Martin Scorsese, James Cameron,
Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh and
more. It's a tad dull, but stick around; at 10 p.m., most PBS
stations rerun a “Live From Lincoln Center” concert with the
superb Audra McDonald.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Movies, 8 p.m.,
For sheer variety, this is an amazing
Want something light and breezy?
“Shrek” (2001, TBS) is an animated delight; “Puppy Love”
(2012, Hallmark) has a cute dog and a likable-enough romance.
Prefer adventure? “Red” (2010, TNT)
has action, wit and surprise twists.
Or music, maybe? “Footloose” (1984,
CMT) is a buoyant classic; “Teen Beach Movie” (2013, Disney) is a
modern variation, time-transporting current surfers into a 1960s
musical. In between is “Moulin Rouge” (2001, Sundance),
gorgeously filmed by Baz Luhrmann.
Other choices include:
– “Bones,” 8 p.m, Fox. A TV
producer has been killed, but the brainy crimesolvers have bigger
worries in this rerun. Brennan frets that her daughter might merely
be average; Hodges tries to use his lab skills to re-create Finn's
– “Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. Here's another “Home Improvement” reunion, with Richard Karn
guesting on Tim Allen's show. Earlier, he was upset when Mike (Allen)
didn't hire him, as usual, for an architecture job. In this reunion,
he's drunken and angry.
– “The Neighbors,” 8:31 p.m.,
ABC. Bethenny Frankel, the reality-show star who starts her own talk
show this fall, guests in this rerun. She revives Debbie's purse
business … which gets out of hand once Jackie (the neighbor from
outer space) gets involved.
– “The Following,” 9 p.m.,Fox.
You can switch between Kevin Bacons tonight – early (in
“Footloose”) and current (here). In this rerun, the local police
and sheriff complicate efforts to save a kidnapped boy.
– “Strike back,” 9-11:30 p.m.,
Cinemax. Here are the season's first three episodes, in a series that
keep getting better. Starting as pure action and sex, this British
commando tale has added key characters, long-term – Rhona Mitra as
an obsessive major, Robson Green as her boss – and temporary. Key
in these reruns are Lyne Renee as an Israeli agent and Zubin Varla as
a go-between with shifting loyalties.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. A
woman from a devout family has been killed in a cemetery. Danny soon
learns her family didn't know she was dating someone from another
– “Continuum,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
This time-travel thing is difficult for young Alec, who's endangered
by his old self, a techno-genius. Keira, the cop from the future,
tries to save him from himself … literally.