“The Social Network” (2010), 8 p.m., ABC.
Television lost its
best writer when Aaron Sorkin switched from TV shows (“West Wing,”
“Sports Night,” “News Room”) to movies. Fortunately, he keeps
popping up on the TV screen.
Last Sunday, his
“Steve Jobs” script brought his second Golden Globe. Here's the
movie that brought him his first Globe ... and an Oscar. It traces
Mark Zuckerberg from Harvard student to Facebook mogul. Sorkin fudged
the truth – in real life, Zuckerberg had a steady girlfriend
throughout this time – but wrote brilliantly. Director David
Fincher (“Gone Girl”) and star Jesse Eisenberg crafted a gem.
Football, 4:35 p.m. ET, CBS, and 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC,
Last weekend, all
four visiting teams (each with a veteran quarterback) beat home teams
(each with a quarterback in his first play-off games). Now comes the
hard part -- veteran-vs.-veteran.
First, Alex Wilson
and the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Patriots and Tom Brady, who has
won four Super Bowls. Then Aaron Rodgers and the Packers visit the
Cardinals and Carson Palmer, whose 12th season has become
his best. There's more Sunday, with Seahawks-Panthers and
ALTERNATIVE: “Colony,” noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., etc., USA.
The cable people
REALLY want you to see this hour. They ran it twice Thursday, once
Friday ... and now every hour, from noon to midnight. Along the way,
we'll see a husband and wife (Josh Holloway and Sarah Callies)
struggle in a modern world that's controlled by unseen aliens from
For years, the USA
Network prospered with breezy, blue-collar shows like “Psych,”
“Burn Notice” and “Royal Pains.” Lately, however, viewers
have leaned to complex shows that have ongoing stories. USA has
sometimes stumbled, but triumphed with “Mr. Robot,” this year's
Golden Globe drama winner.
“As Good as it
Gets” (1997), 7:30 p.m., Pop. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won
Oscars in James Brooks' beautifully nuanced story about lonely souls,
nudged together. There are plenty of other good movie choices at 8
p.m., led by “Top Gun” (1986) on AMC, “Red 2” (2013) on TNT,
Clint Eastwood's “Gran Torino” (2008) on CMT and the animated
“Incredibles” (2004) on Disney.
8 p.m., Fox. In an instant rerun of Friday's season-opener, 18 chefs
reach Las Vegas; they're soon cooking in the same kitchen where the
winner will become the $250,000-a-year head chef. Things go well
until the dinner competition, when Chef Gordon Ramsay has his annual
Orleans,” 8 p.m., CBS. This reruns the episode that introduced
Pride's daughter, Laurel. The case involves a Navy SEAL who was
killed at a sorority house.
9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, three workers have been killed during a
restaurant robbery. Now the team studies another crime in the same
town, six years earlier.
9 p.m., Fox. A bitter ex-cop is killed and then resurrected in a
sleek (if flawed) body. Now he can seek vengeance on his enemies
and/or love from the son and granddaughter he ignored. This may sound
cheesy, but it's solidly crafted.
10:35 p.m., Starz. Next Saturday, this tough, taut drama starts its
third season. To prepare, you can watch its second-season finale
here. Or catch the full season, starting at 2 p.m.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Adam Driver – co-star of “Girls” and
the new “Star Wars” movie – hosts this rerun, with music from