TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenge” season
finales, 8 and 10 p.m., ABC.
Clearing the night a week before the season’s final Sunday,
ABC has these stylishly filmed tales.
On the two-hour “Once,” Zelena has pulled Emma and Hook into
her time portal; they struggle to get back without changing events. Then
“Revenge” has Emily and Victoria in total warfare; at least one person will be
killed tonight, ABC says.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Rosemary’s Baby,” 9-11 p.m., NBC;
Back in 1968, Hollywood boldly hired Polish director Roman
Polanski, a critics’ favorite, to direct the “Rosemary’s Baby” movie. Boosted
by a popular new star (Mia Farrow), it soared.
Now another acclaimed Pole, Agnieszka Holland, has directed
this new version; she does it beautifully, with Zoe Saldana (“Avatar”)
stunningly good as a prof’s wife who finds strangers obsessed with her
pregnancy. Still, this is a fairly straight-ahead tale, with a final twist;
stretching it out benefits no one.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Penny Dreadful,” 10 p.m., Showtime.
Ethan is a sort of low-rent Buffalo Bill, touring 1891
London with a wild-West show that involves some skill and much hokum. Suddenly,
he meets real people (Eva Green, Timothy Dalton) with real trouble.
Soon, he’s descended into a swirl of killers, both from our
world and beyond. Some of the scenes are way too gory and grisly for most
tastes; still, “Penny” is beautifully filmed and has great dialog emerging from
gifted actors. Green is perfect; Dalton has aged into a Patrick Stewart-style
Other choices include:
Mother’s Day films, cable. Two feel-good channels have holiday
films. Hallmark’s “Mom’s Day Away” (which debuted Saturday) is noon and 9 p.m.;
UP’s “My Mother’s Future Husband” is 7 and 11 p.m. The latter has arbitrary
twists to extend the story, but glides on the immense likability of Lea
Thompson and, especially, Matreya Fedor as a teen who obsesses on her mom’s
romance, ignoring her own.
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. Marge and Lisa both swear off
trying new friendships.
“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS. A client’s insensitive remarks
may scuttle a billion-dollar deal.
“Game of Thrones,” 9 p.m., HBO. Tyrion confronts his
imposing father; Daenerys expands her power.
“Nurse Jackie,” 9 p.m., Showtime. Last week, Jackie’s
boyfriend spotted her pill-popping. Now she’s rushing to hide her far-flung
stash, in an episode with an odd (and interesting) non-ending.
“Californication,” 9:30 p.m., Showtime. When Hank decides to
get Levon a prostitute – hey, what’s a father for? – everyone gets involved.
What follows is a terrific scene, both comic and chaotic.
“The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS. While deciding whether to
move away with Agent Pike, Lisbon scrambles with Patrick Jane to stop a
kidnapping ring before the victims are sent overseas.
“Silicon Valley,” 10 p.m., HBO. This oft-quiet comedy comes
up with a big, brilliant gag, when one of the guys gets a ride in a driverless
“Mad Men,” 10 p.m., AMC. Don has a visitor from his past;
also, Harry has a new ally at the agency.