TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Miss America, 9-11
After a five-year cable exile, this
pageant returned in 2011 to ABC, where it had its first telecasts
back in 1954-55. Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing With the Stars”)
and Chris Harrison (“Bachelor”) host.
The pageant is in Las Vegas, also the
site of three days of preliminaries. It's preceded at 8 p.m. by a
“20/20” special, “Pageant Confidential: The Road to Miss
TODAY'S MIGHT-SEE II: Football, 4:30
p.m. ET, CBS, and 8 p.m. ET, Fox.
The second round of the NFL playoffs
starts with a battle of greats: Ray Lewis, in his final season, leads
a tough Baltimore Ravens defense, visiting quarterback Peyton
Manning, who has revived his career with a new team (Denver Broncos)
after a year-long injury.
Then the Green Bay Packers, with Aaron
Rogers in control, visit the San Francisco 49er, who successfully
switched mid-season to quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Cyndi Lauper:
Still So Unusual,” 9-10 p.m., WE; repeats until 2 a.m.
In the early MTV days, Cyndi Lauper fit
perfectly. Bright and brassy, she had two songs reach No. 1 on the
Billboard chart (“Time After Time,” “True Colors”) and four
more in the top five.
That was a quarter-century ago. Now
Lauper is a lively guest on talk shows and beyond. In the first
half-hour, she frets about a “The Voice” appearance when,
ironically, she has a vocal infection; in the second, she visits the
Kentucky Derby and accidentally says the “F-word” on live TV. In
both cases, her live-wire personality is neatly contrasted by the
droll humor of her husband and their son, 15.
Other choices include:
– “The Biggest Loser,” 8-10 p.m.,
NBC. Here's a rerun of last Sunday's debut, with the return of
Jillian Michaels. On the harsh side, she badgers people who then
faint and vomit; on the sweeter side, we meet three thoroughly
likable teens who are treated more gently.
– “CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of Elisabeth Shue's
second episode; her character gets to show off her blood-analysis
skill. The case involves home theft – literally. An entire house
has been taken from its foundation.
– “Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Working on a murder case involving the homeless on the Santa Monica
Pier, Rossi meets his former Marine drill sergeant (Meshach Taylor).
– “Nearlyweds,” 9-11 p.m.,
Hallmark. Three likable young women have complications with their
marriages. One (Danielle Panabaker) has an overwrought mother-in-law
(Naomi Judd). Others (Christie Laing and the delightful Jessica
Parker Kennedy) have husband troubles. Then a technical glitch voids
their marriages. The result is predictable, but kind of fun.
– “A Streetcar Named Desire”
(1951), 10:30 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here's one of the
best-acted movies of all time. Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl
Malden won Oscars; there was a nomination for Marlon Brando,
alongside director Elia Kazan, writer Tennessee Williams and more.
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. This rerun has Christina Applegate as host and Passion Pit
as the music guest.