TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Tootsie”
(1982), 8-10 p.m., Turner Classic Movies.
Scanning a century, the American Film
Institute in 2000 called this the second-funniest movie ever.
Only “Some Like It Hot” topped it.
Both use cross-dressing to get to deeper character traits.
Unable to land work, an actor (Dustin
Hoffman) disguises as a woman and gets a soap-opera job. The result
mixes broad laughs and subtle character moments, neatly molded by
director Sydney Pollack, co-writer Larry Gelbart, Hoffman and
(winning an Oscar in support) Jessica Lange.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Zero Hour,” 8
We're now a week away from the two-hour
finale for this well-made but ignored series.
Injured and disoriented, Hank (Anthony
Edwards) is on Plum Island, a captive of “Mother” (Amy Irving).
Now several people try to save him. There's the FBI agent (Carmen
Ejogo), organizing a rescue team … his wife (Jacinda Barrett) going
alone … and his dad, reluctantly cooperating with Mother.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Cedar Cove”
series debut, 8 p.m., Hallmark; reruns at 11.
Last week's fairly good movie
(rerunning at 6 p.m.), introduced some likable people in a gorgeous,
Pacific Northwest setting. Now the series starts by stirring them all
into a community crisis.
A scheming developer plans to tear down
the lighthouse that Cedar Cove cherishes. Judge Olivia Lockhart
(Andie MacDowell) – whose daughter was engaged to the guy – is
powerless here; the newspaper editor (Dylan Neal) – new to town and
new to romancing a judge – scrambles.
We'll have to forgive some sketchy
parts – including the fact that the lighthouse is on a craggy hill,
with no room for development – and settle into a likable-enough
Other choices include:
– “The Lord of the Rings:The Twin
Towers” (2002), 4:15 and 8 p.m., IFC. Here's the mid-section of the
– “Dave,” 7:30 p.m., TV Guide.
While the president lingers in a coma, his lookalike (Kevin Kline) is
asked to take his place. Even the First Lady (Sigourney Weaver) goes
along; the result is a smart mixture of comedy and drama.
– “Norbit” (2007, ABC) and “The
Longest Yard” (2005, CBS), 9-11 p.m. These films have much in
common: Both starred former “Saturday Night Live” people (Eddie
Murphy, Adam Sandler). Both drew general disdain from critics.
– “Crossing Lines,” 9 p.m., NBC.
In a rerun of the July 14 episode, the team races to find the
kidnappers who took a rich teen boy.
– “Do No Harm,” 10 p.m., NBC.
Life keeps getting more complicated for Jason, the good doctor whose
alternate personality Ian nastily emerges each night. Now Ian is
stalking his wife and son, who retreat to an old spot. Also, someone
sent an anonymous message, threatening to expose this.
– “Primeval: New World,” 10 p.m.,
Syfy. While another creature romps through the city, Evan confronts
the albertosaurus that killed his wife.
– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Justin Bieber was just shy of his 19th birthday
when he did this show. He doubles as host and music guest, putting
him in Timberlake-Jagger-Simon-Swift turf.