“Planet Earth II” debut, 9 p.m., AMC, BBC America and Sundance;
also, 6 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. MT on BBC America.
The first “Planet
Earth” series (which BBC America reruns from 6 a.m. ET today to 11
a.m. Sunday) was stunning, winning a Peabody Award, two Television
Crtitics Association prizes and four Emmys.
A decade later, this
superb sequel starts with a look at islands. One early scene –
snakes chasing iguanas – is way too long and brutal, but the rest
is a delight. We see the imposing, 10-foot-long Komodo dragon ... and
1.5 million penguins on a stark, volcanic rock .... and 50 milliuon
crabs racing across Christmas Island. Also, David Attenborough slyly
narrates a sloth's rush (sort of) to a lustful call.
Dave Chappelle, all day, NBC and Comedy Central.
We can savor the
work of a comic genius, past and present. From 11:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
Comedy Central reruns 18 episodes of “Chapelle's Show”; that's
the series – mostly with short films – that Chappelle walked away
from a decade ago, turning down multi-million-dollar offers.
Night Live” (11:29 p.m., NBC) reruns its post-election episode.
Chappelle's monolog (plus Kate McKinnon's opening song and
Chappelle's sketch with Chris Rock) did much to soothe viewers who
were mourning the results.
ALTERNATIVE: “Flushed Away” (2006), 8-10 p.m., ABC.
This is good news
for families – an ABC animation weekend. On Sunday ABC has
“Tangled,” an epic (with action, humor and music) from its parent
company, Disney. But first is this droll British tale.
An upscale rat
suddenly finds himself in the sewers of London, learning to survive.
Classy actors – Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, David
Suchet – provide voices. The result won four Annies (the animation
award), including best script.
p.m., CBS. Eric, a hostage negotiator, sees things from the othert
side, when he's one of the people held hostage. As he tries to save
lives from the inside, Sarah leads her first negotiation.
“24: Legacy,” 8
p.m., Fox. In a rerun of Monday's episode, Carter must escape from
his bizarre, police-station heist, then deliver the money to his
former Army colleague. Meanwhile, he has only two trusted colleagues
inside the Counter Terrorism Unit, trying to plug a leak.
Basketball, 8 p.m.
ET, TNT. On the eve of the pro all-star game, here are the contests
for slam dunks and three-point shooting.
“APB,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. In a rerun of the pilot film, a tech billionaire wants to
finance and take control of a police precinct. There's potential
here, but the central character is difficult to like.
“The History of
Comedy,” 9 and 10 p.m. ET, CNN (barring breaking news). Here are
the first episodes of this Thursday-night documentary series. The
first views censorship, whic crushed Lenny Bruce, then was shattered
by Richard Pryor, George Carlin and more. The second views women,
with their own fight against comedy limits. Stuffed with clips, these
are intelligent, surface views of complex subjects.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Pride (Scott Bakula) is already viewed
skeptically by the FBI. Now he stirs ill-will by helping a former
Navy analyst (Tom Arnold) who's a murder suspect.
Kevin Hart shows, 9
p.m. to 1:25 a.m., Comedy Central. Sandwiched around Hart's fairly
funny “The Wedding Ringer” (2015) at 10 p.m. are stand-up
specials at 8 p.m. and 12:20 a.m.