TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Mike & Molly,” 8 p.m., CBS;
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
A Melissa McCarthy evening starts with the episode in which
Molly (McCarthy) suddenly and thoroughly quit her teaching job. Subsequent
episodes turned her into a buffoon, but this one is a delight.
Then NBC reruns McCarthy’s third turn as “SNL” host; she
drew Emmy nominations for the first two. This one has music by Imagine Dragons
(plus Kendrick Lamar), lots of OK sketches … and one great moment: In his
finale as “Weekend Update” host, Seth Meyers is visited by Amy Poehler, Bill
Hader and Andy Samberg; a great era ended for “Update,” which has been so-so since
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The Ten Commandments“ (1955), 7-11:44
p.m., ABC (check local listings); and/or “The Bible,” 2 p.m. to midnight,
Each Easter Week, ABC shows Cecil B. DeMille’s film; ratings
soar. By modern standards, the film seems slow, stiff and (with Charlton
Heston) miscast; still, it’s an epic telling of a huge story.
This time, there’s also a rerun of the ambitious, five-part,
10-hour mini-series. Moses (the center of DeMille’s film) is in the 2 p.m.
portion, with Noah and more. The 4 p.m. one has Samson, Joshua and David-and-Goliath.
The 6 p.m. concludes with Jesus’s birth and the Easter story dominates prime
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Orphan Black,” all morning and 9
p.m., BBC America.
If you need to catch up on the brilliant, 10-episode first
season, there’s time. The final half starts rerunning at 6 a.m. today, followed
by an 11 a.m. special that looks back and ahead.
That sets up the 9 p.m. season-opener focusing on Sarah. A
street-smart drifter, struggling to get her daughter Kira back, she learned
she’s the result of a clone scheme. It produced sharply differing women … all
brilliantly played by Tatiana Maslany, who won the Television Critics Association’s
Now Kira is missing; Sarah suspects Rachel, the clone who
has always known about the project. Another clone, Alison (the suburban soccer-mom
type), attends a friend’s funeral and remains despondent.,
Other choices include:
“Tangled” (2010), 8 p.m., ABC Family. The Rapunzel tale
becomes a Disney cartoon, with Mandy Moore as the long-haired captive and
Zachery Levi as the thief who shows her a hectic world outside.
“The Millers,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of the pilot
film, with Nathan’s life complicated by failed marriages – his and now his
parents’. The script is way too blunt, but James Burrows directed deftly.
“Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, missing teens are
suspected of mass murder in Chicago.
“Yukon Vet,” 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Last week’s opener (rerunning
at 10 p.m.) introduced Michelle Oakley, the lone veterinarian for a vast
stretch of Alaska and the Yukon. In another good episode tonight, she deals
with animals and with her daughter’s dream of a boarding-school opportunity.
“Da Vinci’s Demons,” 9 p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10:05. Last
week’s perilous journeys (rerunning at 8 p.m.) bring bigger problems when they
reach their goals. There is Leonardo da Vinci on the South American coast and
Prince Lorenzo de Medici in Naples, both captive and distrusted. Meanwhile,
Lorenzo’s wife and his illegitimate kin are tangled in banking schemes. It’s a
tough hour that ends well.
“Joan & Melissa,” 10 p.m., WE. Trying to simplify her
life, Joan Rivers finds new problems.