TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Lena Dunham grew up on “Saturday Night Live,” even taking
notes as she watched it. She’s become a fresh force on TV, writing and starring
in a show (“Girls”) that changes drastically from week to week.
Viewers can catch the next episode (which takes some dark
plunges) at 10 p.m. Sunday on HBO. First, Dunham, 27, hosts “SNL,” started 11
years before she was born. The music guest is The National.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Trip to Bountiful,” 8-10 p.m.,
Back in 1953, Horton Foote wrote this gentle tale of an old
Houston woman who vows to return to her home town. That year, it was a “golden-age”
TV drama and a Broadway play, both starring Lillian Gish.
That was just the start. There was a 1985 movie (winning an
Oscar for Geraldine Page) and a 2013 Broadway revival (winning a Tony for
Cicely Tyson). This film has some of the Broadway people, led by Tyson, 80. Blair
Underwood, Vanessa Williams and Keke Palmer co-star.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Once Upon a Time,” 9 and 10 p.m.,
After an 11-week break, this lush series finally returns to
new episodes Sunday. First, we can catch up.
The most recent episode – people race to stop Peter Pan from
putting a curse on Storybrooke – airs at 10. An earlier episode, at 9, has Hook
and David seeking a map that has a way out of Neverland.
Other choices include:
“The Amazing Race,” 8 and 9 p.m, CBS. In a change, CBS reruns
the season’s first two “Race” hours.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 8 p.m., ABC. Kimmel’s studio is
conveniently located across the street from the theater where the Academy Awards
are handed out. That made it easy for Kevin Spacey to catch the ceremony and
this post-Oscar special, which reruns tonight.
“Almost Human,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, two genetically
enhanced children have died suddenly. Also, Kennex is troubled by flashes from
the past; he visits a “recollectionist.”
“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. This rerun has Ryan and the
FBI continuing the search for Lily Grey. Then Ryan’s past actions haunt him,
endangering his niece, who is a cop
“When Calls the Heart,” 9 p.m., Hallmark. Elizabeth – the schoolteacher
in frontier Canada – has big ups and downs in her maybe-romance with Jack, the
Mountie. Also, her sister visits, offering a link to her privileged, big-city
“Ripper Street,” 9 p.m., BBC America. Trouble continues in
1890s London. Now a gang of female kidnappers have taken a member of the county
“The Gabby Douglas Story” (2014), 10 p.m., Lifetime. Fresh
from “Bountiful,” Lifetime reruns this recent ratings success, about the young Olympics
gymnastics star. Imani Hakim, who played the young sister on “Everybody Hates
Chris,” stars as Douglas from ages 14 to 16.