Animation, 5-11 p.m., ABC Family.
Here's a chance to
tour the history of great animation.
First are two recent
Pixar classics: “WALL-E” (2008) and “Up” (2009), at 5 and 7
p.m., are remarkably constructed; each has a warm, almost
heartbreaking start, before the fun begins. Then is a long-ago gem:
Using traditional animation, “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) has moments
– the fairy godmothers' color war, for instance – that remain
delightful, 55 years later.
II: Football, everywhere.
After way too many
weeks of mismatches, three networks have prime-time collisions of
Fox starts at 7:30
p.m. with Kansas State (ranked No. 7) at Texas Christian (6). At 8,
CBS has Alabama (8) at Louisiana State (16); ABC has Ohio State (14)
at Michigan State (8).
ALTERNATIVE: “Hell on Wheels” return, 9 p.m., AMC; repeats at 10
p.m. and 2 a.m.
After a month-long
break, this sharply crafted series returns for the season's final
First, the entire
season (so far) reruns at 11 a.m.; at 8 p.m., we see frequent enemies
Cullen and Durant combine to protect the endangered city of Cheyenne.
Then, in the new episode, they link to save a criminal; also, Louise
tries to support Ruth after a loss.
“The Mysteries of
Laura” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 8 and 9
p.m., NBC. The network – given to late switches on Saturdays –
has tentatively set these reruns. They have the advantage of being
the only thing (outside football) on a big-four network.
“Inside Fame,” 8
p.m., CMT. It was seven years ago that Lady Antebellum released its
first single; “Love Don't Live Here” reached No. 3 on Billboard's
country chart. The group has gone on to have six No. 1's, two No.
2's, six Grammys and even a No. 2 pop song, “Need You Now.”
Here's a profile.
“The Dirty Dozen”
(1967), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies, or “Dirty Harry”
(1971), 9 p.m., Sundance. Good movies fill a dirty night. Anyone for
“Dirty Dancing” or “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”?
“Doctor Who,” 9
p.m., BBC America. In the season-finale, cybermen invade London.
Remorse,” 9 p.m., Starz; reruns at 9:30, 11 and 11:35. Here's the
season-finale of this drama-comedy about Cam, a basically decent
young basketball millionaire and his extended family. The five
previous episodes start at 6:15 p.m.; then an ex-girlfriend of Cam's
cousin brings trouble.
finale,10 p.m., Starz. Over 10 episodes, this interesting show has
seen the same script transformed into very different movies –
writer-director Anna Martemucci's “Hollidaysburg” and
actor-director Shane Dawson's “Not Cool.” Now we'll see final
glitches and learn which was voted the best.
“A League of Their
Own,” 10 p.m., VH1. For a brief blip during World War II, women had
their own pro baseball league. Under director Penny Marshall, that
was turned into a skillful blend of drama and comedy, with Geena
Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and more.