“The Sound of Music,” 8-11 p.m., NBC.
reached Broadway in 1959, it piled up praise, five Tonys (including
best musical) and big business. Now, 56 years later, it still
Last Sunday, ABC had
a sing-along version of the Julie Andrews movie; six days later, NBC
reruns the live version it did in 2013. Carrie Underwood is so-so as
an actress, but sings beautifully; that's fine here, because the
splendid music is far more important than the so-so story.
II: “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
By all logic, these
shouldn't link. “Hollow” is pure fantasy, with 230-year time
travel, plus spirits, spectres and the occasional headless horseman;
“Bone” has just-the-facts scientists and FBI agents.
however, stitched them cleverly. First, the “Hollow” people
arrive to retrieve a headless corpse; there's a crime to solve, plus
fun moments between know-it-alls Brennan and Ichabod.Then Booth and
Brennan visit Sleepy Hollow, but depart before the fantasy stuff
begins. The night ends with a sensational battle involving once-dead
ALTERNATIVE: “When Calls the Heart,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark.
Fresh from its
Christmas-movie avalanche, Hallmark pauses for a New Year's Eve
story. This series won't start its third season until February, but
it gives the opening episode an early start.
“Heart” is set a
century ago, in a Canadian frontier town that switched to lumber
work, after being decimated by a mining disaster. As the new year
nears, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow), the beautiful teacher, may have a
fresh start with Jack, the earnest Mountie. Rosemary – Jack's
former fiance, back when she was a flighty actress – has a new
adventure with Lee, the sawmill owner.
Football, all day.
With no bowl games Friday or Sunday (to avoid competing with
Christmas or the pros), six are squeezed into today, the first and
last (both on ESPN) starting at 11 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. ET. The best
may be the Sun Bowl, at 2 p.m. on CBS; Miami and Washington State
have 8-4 records.
Funniest Home Videos,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC. The first rerun includes
Christmas troubles and the second includes doggie doings. Also, we
see the home damage done by a ladder and a crane.
8 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds a hospital patient with a contagious
and lethal form of bird flu. Now there's been a kidnapping, aimed at
turning this into a weapon.
Demons” finale, 8 p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10:05. This
sometimes-great series concludes on two fronts. In battle, Leonardo
tries lure the Turks to an open field; meanwhile, his friends
Lucrezia, Sophia and Zo are desperate to escape from prison.
“Dr. Dee: Alaska
Vet,” 9 and 11:03 p.m. Animal Planet. Preceded by a rerun marathon
that starts at 4 p.m., this new episode includes, we're told, an
effort to save an important reindeer. (Aren't all reindeer
important?) Also, Dee tries to rescue puppies at a remote village and
find them new families.
(2000), 9 p.m., CMT. This powerful portrait of an honest man forced
into deadly work brought five Academy Awarfds, including best picture
and best actor (Russell Crowe).
“One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest” (1975), 10 p.m., AMC. Like “Gladiator,” this
anti-authority classic won five Oscars, including best picture and
actor (Jack Nicholson). Louise Fletcher won or best actress.