“The LEGO Movie” (2014, TBS) or “The Social Network” (2010,
National Geographic), both 8 p.m.
On a slim night for
network viewers (unless they're sports fans), cable offers superb
movies. “Social Network” arrives with Oscars for its music, its
editing and Aaron Sorkin's brilliant script. It has five more
nominations, including best picture and Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook
creator Mark Zuckerberg.
By comparison, “LEGO
Movie” wasn't even nonminated for best animated feature, a bizarre
snub. This is a gem with wit, style, a big surprise and terrific
music, starting with “Everything is Awesome” and ending with a
clever ode to darkness. The result is a delight for kids and some
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This rerun offers an
example of why the “Five-0” romances sometimes sputter: McGarrett
has planned a first date with Lynn (Sarah Carter, who's been terrific
as a relentless cop in “Rogue”) on a deserted island. Alas,
there's a mobster hiding there who wants to kill them to keep his
spot a secret.
others scramble to save the father of a football star: Gamblers say
they'll kill him unless his son throws the game.
ALTERNATIVE: Sports, ABC and Fox.
Americans seem fond
of games where people move fast and score often. On TV, they like
something with each team nearing 100 points; they're slower to
embrace 1-0 thrillers.
Tonight, we get
those opposites. At 9 p.m. ET (with pre-game at 8 and 8:30), ABC has
the fourth game of the pro-basketball best-of-seven series, with
Golden State at Cleveland. Fox counters with Copa America, which has
16 national soccer teams from the Americas, at 10 sites around the
U.S. Tonight has Chile and Bolivia at 7 p.m. ET and Argentina and
Panama at 9.
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of Tuesday's episode. It's
the second of this season, which has added Simon Cowell as a judge.
Illusion,” 8 p.m., CW. This new episodes includes Michael
Grandinetti, Barry and Stuart and more ... including, CW says, a
“human beverage dispenser.” It's followed by more magicians, on
reruns of “Illusion” at 8:30 and “Penn and Teller: Fool Us”
More movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. It's a night of wide-appeal comedies, including Whoopi
Goldberg's zesty “Sister Act” (1992) on CMT, the Jack
Lemmon/Walter Matthau “Grumpy Old Men” (1993) on Pop and Robin
Williams' “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) at 7:45 p.m. on Freeform. For
film buffs, “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), the acclaimed dark
comedy-drama, is at 8 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies.
World,” 8:30, Disney. Worried that her new classmates won't like
her, Riley creates an Online alter-ego named Jexica. Also, her
parents fret about her brother's Online use.
“The Walk,” 9
p.m., Showtime. Back in 1974, Philippe Petit pulled off a secret
scheme to rig a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers and
walk between them. That story has been told in a documentary and now
this film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Robert
10 p.m., CBS. This is no standard car theft: Stolen was the last
remaining Mustang that Steve McQueen drove during the classic
“Bullitt” chase scenes. Its owner – played by Anthony Edwards
of “ER” -- is furious. Also in this rerun, Erin and her dad have
a work conflict.
“Devious Maids,” 10 and 11:02 p.m., Lifetime. Here are reruns of
Monday's mismatched season-openers. In “Unreal,” Rachel becomes
the cynical head of a “Bachelor”-type show. “Maids” quickly
lightens up, with a funny scene that has Eva Lognoria (one of its
producers) playing herself.