“In an Instant,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
During an evenig
rush-hour in August of 2007, a massive Minneapolis bridge – eight
lanes, spanning the Mississippi River – collapsed. Thirteen people
were killed; 145 were injured.
This film focuses on
the rescues, mixing first-person accounts and re-creations. A woman
was submerged, inside her car; a bus with 63 children was stuck
precariously, near a burning truck. This follows Friday's excellent
“Instant” about an Alaskan plane crash; next Saturday brings a
II: “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox) or “Battle Creek” (CBS),
both 8 p.m.
Last weekend was
overcrowded, with three distinctive debuts. These two offer another
look, before their second episodes air at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox and
then 10 p.m. on CBS.
is full of droll, clever wit, as a rumpled cop (Dean Winters),
earnest but ill-equipped, is paired with a too-perfect FBI guy (Josh
Duhamel). “Last Man” is bigger and broader, with Will Forte as
possibly the only guy who survived a global virus. The first
half-hour is an extended – overextended, at times – series of
sight gags; Kristen Schaal provides great counterpoint in the second
ALTERNATIVE: “Roman Holiday” (1953), 8 p.m., Turner Classic
A great movie night
is led by this black-and-white classic. Audrey Hepburn, 24 at the
time, was perfect as a princess in disguise, meeting an American
journalist (Gregory Peck).
nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture. It won for Hepburn,
its costumes and its script ... an award that originally went to Ian
Hunter, who was a front for his friend Dalton Trumbo, then on
Hollywood's blacklist during the red-scare era.
(2008), 6-9 p.m., ABC Family, and more. This vampire-love epic starts
a night that has great movie variety. Families can savor “Finding
Nemo” at 7:30 p.m. on Disneys; grown-ups get the Oscar-nominated
“Descendants” (2011) at 9 p.m. on Pop. Comedies include the
clever “Baby Mama” (2008) at 7:30 and 9:40 p.m. on Oxygen and the
disappointing “Neighbors” (2014) at 8 p.m. on HBO. Action fantasy
films at 8 p.m. are “John Carter” (2012, TNT) and “X-Men: First
Class” (2011, FXX).
“Good Witch,” 8
p.m., Hallmark. Last week, this show got off to a decent start in
ratings and in quality. Now, as the town prepares for its Heritage
Festival, a frightened young woman checks into Cassie's inn.
“CSI: Cyber,” 9
p.m., CBS. If you missed Wednesday's debut, here's a quick rerun.
It's an OK, just-the-facts crime story, requiring Patricia Arquette
to use only a fraction of her Oscar-winning talent.
9 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Ichabod hopes to get help from the angel
Orion; Katrina hopes to find some humanity in Abraham.
“Black Sails,” 9
p.m., Starz, rerunnking at 10:02. In the aftermath of a massacre,
Eleanor risks her life. Also, Captain Flint and John Silver get news
from the outside world that changes everything.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the
movies, hosts; country's Zac Brown Band is the music guest.