TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
There are only three weekends left in the “sweeps” ratings
period (and in the official TV season), so “SNL” has fresh episodes. Reruns
will be confined to 10 p.m.; the 11:29 shows are new.
Tonight, actor Andrew Garfield hosts, one day after his
second “Amazing Spider-Man” film opened; Coldplay is the music guest. Next are
Charlize Theron and The Black Keys; the May 17 season-finale has “SNL” alumnus
Andy Samberg, with St. Vincent as music guest.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Orphan Black,” 9 p.m., BBC America.
Sarah has her daughter back, but that’s little comfort. On
the run with Sarah’s foster brother Felix, they hide in a cabin and meet a key
person from the past.
It’s another terrific hour, led by Tatiana Maslany’s perfect
work as Sarah and as all her clones. Watch her tonight as Alison, a homemaker
starring in a community musical … and Cosima, a brainy doctoral student … and
others, from a feral captive to a dying cancer victim. Each has depth and
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “In the Heat of the Night” (1967), 8-10
p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies.
As racism keeps returning to current news, it’s a good time
to see one of the all-time great films.
Sidney Poitier plays a big-city police detective. Visiting
his family in the South, he becomes entwined in a murder case – first as a
suspect and then working with a bigoted sheriff (Rod Steiger). Two great actors
collide brilliantly, backed by Norman Jewison’s direction and Quincy Jones’
score. The result won well-deserved Oscars for best picture and for Steiger,
the script, the editing and the sound.
Other choices include:
“Transformers” (2007), 8-11 p.m., ABC. All this teen (Shia
LaBeouf) wanted was an old car and maybe a chance to meet girls. His car turned
out to be a robot, fighting to save the planet; the girl (Megan Fox) turned out
to be hot. A clever script is paired with director Michael Bay’s usual flair
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. Here’s a rerun of the “Homeland”
take-off, with Kristen Wiig as the jumpy federal agent. It’s followed by a “24”
preview at 8:30 and, at 9, a rerun of Monday’s “Following” finale.
“2 Broke Girls,” 8 p.m., CBS. This rerun is from a year ago,
after the women’s cupcake shop had failed. They agree to deep-clean a hidden
part of the diner and find something that revives their hopes.
“Friends with Better Lives,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Newly divorced,
Will (James Van Der Beek) isn’t used to the singles scene; Kate is, so she
helps him. Also in this rerun, Andi’s pregnancy heightens her libido and her
sense of smell … leading to a funny discovery about Jules (Brooklyn Decker).
“The Mentalist,” 9 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of the episode
that re-booted the show. Having caught Red John, Patrick Jane has found peace
and a girlfriend (Emily Swallow); then the FBI offers him a job.
“Da Vinci’s Demons,” 9 p.m., Starz; reruns at 10 and 11,
previous episode reruns at 8. In South America, Leonardo sees lethal danger; in
Italy, Clarice gets help from Carlo and Lucrezia attracts the sultan’s son.
“Fargo,” 10 p.m., FX. TV critics – a cantankerous bunch –
seem to agree on this one: The TV version of “Fargo” is superb, with quiet wit,
quick surprises and wonderful characters. There’s still time to catch up,
before the fourth episode airs Tuesday. The first three rerun today at 10 p.m.,
11:36 p.m. and 12:50 a.m.