TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Movies, everywhere.
It’s a can’t-miss night for movies, including one you don’t
need cable for. That’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002), 8-11
p.m. on ABC. The second Potter film meanders at times, but has splashy moments
and a great role for Kenneth Branagh, as an egocentric magician.
On cable, the highlight is “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), at
9:30 p.m. on TV Guide, complete with an involving plot, quick twists and even a
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Once the fresh face of Fox, “Glee” has vanished lately.
Reruns have been on the shelf; new episodes (for a shortened final season) aren’t
expected until January. As a small consolation, the current season’s final two
episodes are rerunning on Saturdays.
This one was written by Chris Colfer, who gives his
character (Kurt) a quirky assignment – the lead role in a retirement-home
production of “Peter Pan.” Meanwhile, Rachel must repair her Broadway image.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Outlander,” 9 p.m., Starz;
rerunning at 10.
Last week’s opener (rerunning at 8 p.m.) set the basics – a World
War II nurse, suddenly flung back two centuries to 1743 Scotland. It was oddly
drab and uninvolving, especially in the modern portions.
Now it improves slightly, as she uses the historical
knowledge she got from books and from her husband, a history buff. She meets a
good-hearted cook, an enigmatic ruler and some scary types. She – and viewers –
adjust reluctantly to a rather dreary world.
Other choices include:
“Ray” (2004), 5:30-10 p.m., BET. The great-movie night
starts early. Jamie Foxx won a best-actor Oscar for his perfect performance as
“True Grit” (1969), 6-9 p.m., AMC. Here’s another best-actor
Oscar-winner. John Wayne wasn’t an actor with range or subtlety, but he was
perfect for this role as an old marshal, helping a 14-year-old avenge the
murder of her father.
More movies, cable. At 7:30 p.m., Oxygen has the sleek and
smart “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006). At 8, there’s Disney’s animated “Tangled”
(2010) on ABC Family and entertaining comedies – “21 Jump Street” (2012) on FX
and “Vacation” (1983) on VH1.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox. The first rerun
has Stacy Keach as a veteran crime reporter who’s ready to write Jake’s wayward
comments. The second is a funny episode’ Amy’s Thanksgiving plans go astray,
with Jake and Captain Holt racing off to work a case.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 9 p.m., CBS. Sandwiched by
“48 Hours” episodes, this rerun starts with a minor crime in an airliner … then
escalates to a murder investigation.
“Katt Williams Priceless: Afterlife,” 10 p.m., HBO. Amid a
flurry of “F-“ and “N-“ words and strident attitude, Williams has sharply witty
comments. Catch him on anything from Cheerios commercials to why he still likes
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Anna Kendrick hosts,
with Pharrell as music guest.