TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “McEnroe/Borg:
Fire & Ice,” 10 p.m., HBO.
Bjorn Borg, the perpetual tennis
champion, was crushing John McEnroe, five games to zero. Then he
motioned for the nervous newcomer to approach the net – and simply
told him to relax.
McEnroe was confused – then relaxed
and won. It was the start of a classic rivalry.
Borg was the calm one, his demeanor
hiding someone who trained relentlessly. McEnroe was the jumpy one,
low on exercise and high on tantrums. They became rivals and close
friends; this superb film returns them to the site of an epic day in
which an 18-16 tiebreaker saw five match points stopped.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Field of
Vision,” 8-10 p.m., NBC.
The latest of the family-friendly
films, bouncing between Fox and NBC, tries a supernatural touch.
A magic camera shows a high school
quarterback that his teammates are bullying a transfer student.
Exposing them might ruin the chances for a state championship.
Then the camera shows his sister more
about the newcomer. Can she convince their mother to act?
Faith Ford, as the mom, is the only
star here, but Gregg Champion directed. The son of Broadway's Marge
and Gower Champion, he's made quality TV movies, including two with
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Battlestar
Galactica,” 10 p.m. to midnight, BBC America.
This channel is already strong on
Saturday science-fiction, with the superb “Doctor Who.” Now “Who”
wraps up at 9 p.m. – preceded by a 19-hour rerun marathon – and
the next step begins.
Tonight reruns the first half of the
brilliant “Galactica” mini-series. From its earliest moments –
a shifty scientist, a gorgeous being and planetary destruction –
this grabs attention. Soon, we meet the gutsy pilot Starbuck,
perfectly by Katee Sackhoff. The mini-series concludes next week,
leading into the start of a British sci-fi series (“Outcasts”)
that will share Saturdays with “Galactica” reruns.
Other choices include:
– “The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01
p.m., ABC. Monday's episode reruns, with Ashley Hebert trimming the
field from 18 to 15 – after the usual dramatics. At a comedy roast,
bachelors are supposed to rib her; she's soon weeping … and the
opportunistic Bentley swoops in to comfort her.
– “Real Housewives of New York
City,” 8-10:15 p.m., Bravo. Speaking of drama, here's a new chance
to see the entire, three-part Moroccan vacation in one noisy gulp.
– “iCarly,” 8 and 9:30 p.m.,
Nickelodeon. Two movie-length episodes air. First is a new crossover
with “Victorious”: Carly and Tori learn they share a cheating
boyfriend; they team up for revenge, while their friends try a
singing contest. Then a rerun has Carly going to Japan for a video
– “A Crush on You,” 9-11 p.m.,
Hallmark. Struck by a blond beauty, Ben (Sean Patrick Flanery) sends
secret-admirer E-mails. They're beautifully written … except he got
the address wrong and they go to a co-worker (Brigid Brannagh). Alas,
“Crush” doesn't have the charm to make us forgive the massive
coincidences. Brannagh (“Army Wives”) is terrific, but the movie
tends to be flat and stiff.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. A teen-ager is found asleep and naked in a
young woman's room. His mom (Rita Wilson) seems blindly supportive.
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Miley Cyrus hosts, even gamely appearing – as Justin
Bieber, no less – in the sketch that mocks her. The music is from