“AFI Life Achievement Award,” 10 p.m., TBS, rerunning at 11:30.
Any award or tribute
show is brightened when Steve Martin arrives as a presenter. Now
comes the ultimate, with Martin as the recipient; he'll speak last,
after lots of funny friends.
The ceremony was
held June 4, leaving the tough job of cutting it in half for this
slot. There were old-timers – Mel Brooks, 88, who hosted, and Carl
Reiner, 90, who directed Martin's early movies – plus Tina Fey, Amy
Poehler, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman and Dan Aykroyd. Martin Short
sang – so did Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah – and did 10 minutes
II: “In an Instant,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
It was the middle of
a rush hour, in August of 2007, when an eight-lane Minneapolis bridge
collapsed over the Mississippi River. Thirteen people were killed and
145 were injured.
Now this rerun
offers the most elaborate of the excellent “Instant”
documentaries. Skillfully mixing first-person accounts, re-enactments
and brief news footage, it tells of crises – a woman trapped in her
car, 63 kids on a bus near a fire -- plus mistakes, heroics and
ALTERNATIVE: “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” debut, 10 p.m.,
For a while, this
fanciful miniseries tells us, England forgot about magic. It was
1806, the Napoleonic Wars dragged on, and the land of Merlin was
magic-less. Then opposites emerged – the reclusive Mr. Norrell and
the charismatic Jonathan Strange. Their competition would stir
excitement and danger.
That story, from
Susanna Clarke's novel, is a seven-week tale in good company: It
follows the splendid “Orphan Black” and is directed by Toby
Haynes, who did “Wallander” and “Sherlock” films for PBS.
“The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), 2:30 p.m., TNT. Sure, this
film has way too many endings; still, it was wrapping up a superb
trilogy from director Peter Jackson ... whose “The Hobbit” (2012)
follows at 7 p.m. The full trilogy runs Sunday, at 8 a.m., 11:45 a.m.
and 3:30 p.m.
Hockey, 8 p.m. ET,
NBC. It's the fifth game of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals,
with Chicago at Tampa Bay. That goes against baseball (varying by
region) at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.
8 p.m., ABC. At first, this seemed like a supernatural tale – an
imaginary friend, telling kids to do lethal things. But this second
episode changed that: Maybe the amnesiac “John Doe” is talking to
the kids, through vents and stuff; maybe there's a reason this all
happens near Washington, D.C. Catch this well-crafted rerun, before
the third episode airs Monday.
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a nurse whom Watson worked with wants help
finding a missing acquaintance ... leading to another missing person.
Also, Sherlock struggles with sobriety.
“CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation,” 9 p.m., CBS. Heading to a forensics conference in
this rerun, the women – Jorja Fox, Elisabeth Shue and Elisabeth
Harnois – are expecting poolside relaxation. Naturally, there's a
mass shooting that puts them to work.
“Power,” 9 p.m.,
Starz, rerunning at 10 and 11. Last week's season-opener (rerunning
at 7:55 p.m.) brought jolts for James “Ghost” St. Patrick. A
shooting left his nightclub temporarily closed and Holly (his
partner's girlriend) near death. He learned that his mistress is an
assistant district attorney probing drug traffic ... and that Simon
Stern is his new landlord. Now come more jolts, in a fairly good
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. After seeing Martin Freeman star in “The
Hobbit,” we can see him host this rerun. Charli XCX is the music