TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS;
As others focus on John Kennedy’s death, “Experience” looks
at his life.
There were medical crises, as he deteriorated to a skeletal
120 pounds. There was his casual approach to school, women and work; he agreed
to chair a committee on the grounds that it would never meet.
But then there was his remarkable ability to grow at the
right times -- from a Pacific Ocean rescue to the Cuban missile crisis to a
(very) belated stance on civil rights. It’s a dramatic story, told in rich
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: Movies, 8 p.m., cable.
Great filmmakers collide. There’s Steven Spielberg with
“Jaws” (1975) on Turner Classic Movies and Francis Coppola with his expanded
cut of “Apocalypse Now” (1979) on AMC.
These are classics, ranked No. 56 and No. 30 on the American
Film Institute’s all-time list. Still, neither won an Academy Award for best
picture; for that, you have two more choices: Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump”
(1994), on ABC Family, and Ben Affleck’s “Argo” (2012), at 7 p.m. on HBO,
manage to be thoroughly entertaining while going from occasional humor to
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” 9
For American military veterans, we’re told, the suicide rate
is 20 times the national average. There’s almost one suicide per hour; the
Veterans Crisis Line – (800) 273-8255 -- averages 700 calls a day.
This moving Veterans Day documentary watches hotline people
react calmly and quietly. The film has that same quality; lives are saved,
tragedies averted, bringing only slight smiles and sighs of relief.
Other choices include:
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Brant Daugherty
was sent home last week, leaving only six people – Jack Osbourne, Bill Engvall,
Corbin Bleu, Leah Remini, Amber Riley and Elizabeth Barkley Lauren. Tonight,
they do a duet with their pro partners … and a trio number, adding an ousted
“The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The top 12 people sing and
viewers vote. Two will be ousted Tuesday.
“The Bible,” 8-10 p.m., History. Sprawling, ambitious and
(we thought) rather heavy-handed, this mini-series was a huge ratings hit. Now
it will rerun over five Mondays, sweeping us into Christmastime.
“Mike & Molly,” 9 p.m., CBS. In its effort to focus on
Melissa McCarthy, the show has transformed Molly into an airhead. Tonight, she
decides to be a novelist, with no notion of what to write. She also goes on a
ride-along in Mike’s police car, promptly acting even more ditzy.
“Mom,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. Christy had decided her early dates
with Adam should be chaste -- a concept unfamiliar to her, her mother or her teen
daughter. That may change during a weekend getaway.
“The Blacklist,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Just as she learns of a
plan to destroy the U.S. financial system, Liz hears that a family member is
“Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. A relationship expert, with
access to valuable secrets, has been killed.