“Disneyland at 60,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
On a hot July day in
1955, Disneyland opened, transforming the notion of a family
vacation. Now (seven months tardy), the anniversary is celebrated
with lots of new people singing old songs.
Derek Hough hosts
and does a “Mary Poppins” tune with Dick Van Dyke; also, Elton
John sings “Circle of Life” (which he co-wrote) and Tori Kelly
sings “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog. Then there's
Ne-Yo, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, Jessie J., Fall Out Boy and
Kelsea Ballerini – plus one modern Disney hit, Idina Menzel singing
“Let It Go.”
“An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
When it comes to
making TV comedies in front of an audience, James Burrows is clearly
the best. The son of Broadway writer Abe Burrows (“Guys and Dolls,”
“Can-Can,” etc.), he masters the subtleties of rhythm and timing,
while adding just the right sight gags to get a big pay-off.
most of the episodes of “Cheers” and “Will & Grace,” many
of the ones of “Taxi” and “Frasier,” plus the pilots of
“Friends,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men” and
more. Now most of the stars of those shows will gather for clips and
laughs and a comedy mega-reunion.
ALTERNATIVE: “Downton Abbey,” 9-10:15 p.m., PBS.
“Downton” will pause for a week and then have its March 6 finale;
an elegant, six-year tradition will end. For now, viewers wonder if
the earl's daughters will marry ... well, commoners.
Last week, Bertie,
an estate manager, proposed to Edith; she hesitated, unsure about
telling him she has an illegitimate daughter. Mary reluctantly
watched Henry in a car race; when his friend died in a crash, she
broke off the relationship. Now both women reach crucial points. This
is far from a great episode; the stony exteriors of some characters
block out real romance. Still, it's a key night in a great series.
7 and 8 p.m., Fox. A rerun has Lisa becoming a show-biz kid. Then a
new episode has Kate McKinnon (talking) and Natalie Maines (singing)
sharing the role of a homeless woman.
8 p.m., CBS. After a shocking event in the U.S., the president sends
Elizabeth to find out how it could have happened.
Dead,” 8 and 9 p.m., AMC. First is a rerun of last week's
season-opener, which had a big start and a spectacular (if hard to
believe) mega-battle finish. Then the new episode finds a scavenger
run become much tougher than expected. That repeats at 12:35 p.m.,
following “Talking Dead” (10:01), a rerun of the subtly clever
“Better Call Saul” opener (11:01) and “Comic Book Men”
“The Good Wife,”
9 p.m., CBS. This well-crafted (and underappreciated) show is
pushing toward its May 8 series finale. Tonight, Alicia joins a
secret panel to advise the government on a controversial case. Also,
Carrie Preston is back as the neatly off-center Elsbeth, with Will
Patton as her ex-husband.
“When Calls the
Heart” season-opener, 9 and 10 p.m., Hallmark. A century ago, a
Canadian town keeps struggling to recover from a mining disaster.
Tonight's episode – slick and pleasant, if a tad shallow – skims
through a troubled preacher, a crooked insurance man, a mournful
orphan and more.
more, 9 p.m., HBO. Last week's spectacular debut saw Richie, on the
verge of selling his recotd label, separately witness a killing and
the collapse of a concert hall. Now comes the aftermath, including
the signing of a punk-rock singer (James Jagger, whose dad Mick
produces the show). That's followed by the season-openers of “Girls”
(Marnie's wedding) and “Togetherness,” at 10 and 10:30.
“Brain Games,” 9
p.m., National Geographic. An interesting hour proves the differing
responses of people who do and don't believe in religion.
p.m., Showtime. Brilliantly written and played, this centers on the
battle of a Wall Street trader (Damian Lewis) and a district attorney
(Paul Giamatti). In a potent scene, they finally negotiate.