“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
After three weeks of
reruns, this show is back to new episodes.
Kevin Hart hosts,
the day after his “The Wedding Ringer” opened, with Sia as the
music guest. Coming next week is Blake Shelton (host and music
guest); that points to the 40th anniversary special Feb.
“Whitney,” 8 p.m., and “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney,”
10 p.m., Lifetime.
Back in 1995, Angela
Bassett starred in the splendid “Waiting to Exhale.” Her co-star
was Whitney Houston, then 31, three years after “The Bodyguard”
Now Bassett makes
her directing debut in a film focusing on the years (through '95)
when Houston's career was at its peak; so was her romance and
marriage to Bobby Brown. Yaya DaCosta plays Houston, but Deborah Cox
offers the vocals for “I'm Every Woman,” “I Will Always Love
You” and more. Afterward, a special has Brown interviewed by Shaun
Robinson of “Access Hollywood.”
ALTERNATIVE: “The Musketeers” season-opener, 9-10:15 p.m., AMC.
On a rerun-stuffed
night, new cable series offer a counterforce. Next week, Starz has
the excellent season-opener of its “Black Sails” pirate tale;
tonight, it reruns the entire first season from 2-10 p.m.
Tonight brings the
debut of the awful “Bella and the Bulldogs” and the season-opener
of this ambitious show. The musketeers search for the escaped Comte
de Rochefort; then a key official is captured.
“Empire,” 8 and
9 p.m., Fox. Here's a quick chace to catch up with the start of this
promising series. In the first rerun, Lucious (Terrence Howard)
prepares to put his company on the stock market, just as he faces
crushing health news ... and his ex-wife returns from prison. In the
second, she helps with a crisis.
“Just Go With It”
(2011, ABC) or “Blended” (2014, HBO), both 8 p.m. The world
conspires to make sure we see a contrived and semi-adequate Adam
Sandler movie. Both involve vacations: On ABC, he asks an employee
(Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his ex-wife in Hawaii; on HBO, his
African trip has him meeting the woman (Drew Barrymore) he once had
an awful date with.
“Bella and the
Bulldogs” debut, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon. Even by kid-comedy
standards, this is an awful show. The concept (cheerleader becomes
quarterback) is good and the star (Brec Bassinger) is likable, but
everything else – writing and performance – is done with
(1967), 9 p.m., Sundance. Mike Nichols won a well-deserved Oscar for
his direction of this classic, starring then-unknown Dustin Hoffman
as a young man unsure of his future.
9-11 p.m., Hallmark. At an island retreat, a bride-to-be (Arielle
Kebbel) has doubts.
10:30, ABC. In a rerun, both brothers have trouble with competition.
Adam's woes involve dodgeball; Barry can't seem to beat his sister in
a new game called Trivial Pursuit.