TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Crisis” finale, 8-10 p.m., NBC.
After hesitating and stumbling in mid-crisis, NBC has the
decency to wrap up the show.
It began with the Washington, D.C., hijacking of a bus filled
with the teen children of American power-brokers. Gibson – whose own daughter
was in the bus – was secretly involved. Tonight, Finlay (a federal agent) tries
a heroic move; then a new scheme is aimed directly at Gibson.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “The Assets,” 9 p.m., ABC.
This eight-hour miniseries is based on the book by Sandy
Grimes, a CIA agent who headed the 10-year search that led to Aldrich Ames’
arrest for treason.
In the opener, Vitaly Yurchenko defected from the KGB and
revealed there was a CIA mole; ironically, he was debriefed by Ames. Now the
CIA and FBI scramble to plug a leak … while Sandy fears there’s a bigger one.
She bonds with Yurchenko and worries about her contact, Gen. Dmitri Polyakov.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Almost Royal” debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m.,
Georgie and Poppy Carlton grew up with wealth and privilege,
roughly 50th and 51st in line for the British throne. Fulfilling
their father’s dying wish, they are visiting America.
They are young, pleasant and attractive; they are also
fictional, but the people they meet – from Fabio to cowboys – are real, in what
seems to be mostly unscripted. These two know nothing about baseball, tobacco
or, actually, work. The beginning is drolly hilarious; the rest is mildly fun,
with visits to Los Angeles (including a plastic surgeon) and Boston (with
perplexed members of the Tea Party).
Other choices include:
“Up” (2009) and “Finding Nemo” (2003), 7 and 9:05 p.m., BBC
America. A wondrous double-feature has two gorgeously animated Pixar films.
“Blue Bloods,” 8 p.m., CBS. This rerun offers one of the few
times that the show’s married couple has had an on-the-job clash. Danny (Donnie
Wahlberg), a police detective, wants to question someone now; Linda (Amy
Carlson), a nurse, bars him until after surgery. Soon, the anger builds.
“Bet on Your Baby,” 8 p.m., ABC. Can a high-energy
4-year-old rescue stuffed animals without tipping over the cardboard blocks?
Can a 3-year-old be coached to make soccer goals? Parents try to guess.
“Orphan Black,” 9 p.m., BBC America. Here’s the
season-finale for this series that has Tatiana Maslany brilliantly portraying street-smart
drifter Sarah and the clones she hadn’t known about. Tonight, one of them (evil
Rachel) forces her to concede, but the others rush to help.
“Power,” 9 p.m., Starz. The second episode (rerunning at 8
p.m.) ended strongly, with Ghost intimidating his competitors. Tonight’s new
hour is disappointing, with clumsy dialog and a grotesque torture.
“The Blacklist,” 10 p.m., NBC. Liz and her husband are
considering an adoption when, in this rerun, that collides with her work:
Several babies have been stolen and Red points to a specific adoption agency.
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Seth Rogen hosts
this rerun, with music from Ed Sheeran.