TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Friends With Better Lives,” 8:30 p.m.,
Fresh from a big launch (after the “How I Met Your Mother”
finale), this was promptly bumped by the NCAA basketball finals. Now – two days
before it settles into its Monday slot – the pilot episode reruns.
Kevin Connolly and Majandra Delfino play husband and wife,
awaiting their second child and wondering if their friends are happier. Jules
(Brooklyn Decker), beautiful and in love, is; the others aren’t. Will (James
Van Der Beek) pines for his estranged wife; Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones) is in
perpetual anger. Her character is the weak link in a show that tries too hard
in this pilot, but could be worth sticking with.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 10 and 11:29
Seth Rogen has his third turn as host, with Ed Sheeran as
the music guest. Before that, there’s a shortened rerun of last week’s episode,
with Anna Kendrick and Pharrell.
That started mildly, then soared with a mega-music number
that included the whole cast. She did more musical numbers, all of them clever
and partially making up for another so-so “Weekend Update.”
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Yukon Vet” debut, 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild.
Here’s one life that really is worthy of a reality show. Dr.
Michelle Oakley lives in the Yukon with her husband[MH1]
(a firefighter) and kids; she has her veterinary practice just across the
border in Alaska.
For vast stretches, she’s the only person to treat anything
from pets to sled dogs to animals rescued from the wild and placed in a
preserve or a bald-eagle sanctuary. She does this with humor and the
soft-spoken way of the North. Filmed in the autumn, “Yukon” offers likable
people and gorgeous backdrops.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Da Vinci’s Demons,” 9 p.m.,
Last week’s powerful episode saw Leonardo da Vinci steal a
ship and (with its former slaves as crew) head to the New World. Tonight, he tries
to cross the Atlantic with makeshift navigation notions.
Meanwhile, his ex-lover Lucrezia slips into the Vatican
dungeons, hoping to free her father, who was imprisoned by his lookalike the
Pope. And Prince Lorenzo de Medici is in disguise and on the road, hoping to
form an alliance and save Florence. Three strong stories add up to a powerhouse
Other choices include:
“Castle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Maybe ABC has too many spots that
need reruns. A “Resurrection” rerun had been scheduled here … then was shuffled
to Tuesdays to fill in for the yanked “Mind Games”; plugging this spot is a
“Castle” rerun in which a young pop star is found dead in an alley.
“Two and a Half Men,” 8 p.m., CBS. Mimi Rogers returns as
Walden’s mom and Lynda Carter is … well, Lynda Carter. In this rerun, Alan has
lusted at her since the “Wonder Woman” days and wants a date.
Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Occasionally, a film achieves both
epic scope and intimate depth. Here are two best-picture Oscar-winners – “Titanic”
(1997) on Bravo and “Gladiator” (2000) on AMC.
“Ripper Street” season-finale, 9-10:15 p.m., BBC America.
Corpses are found in a slum tenement. Also, police rivalries rage; Reid and
Drake are desperate to confront the evil Inspector Jedediah Shine.
“48 Hours,” 10 p.m., CBS. Uta Von Schwedler, a research
scientist in Salt Lake City, was found dead in her bathtub. Most people assumed
it was suicide, but her 17-year-old son risked everything on his belief that her
ex-husband (his father, whom he was living with) did it. Susan Spencer recounts