TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Louis CK returns as host, which has to be good news. His
previous turn was excellent, including one bit -- Abraham Lincoln in a bar, with
a freed (and disgruntled) slave – that’s a classic.
That was 16 months ago, when CK had suspending his brilliant
cable show (“Louie”) and would go on to do some movies (“American Hustle,” “Blue
Jasmine”). “Louie” will finally return May 5; first, CK – who used to help
write the “TV Funhouse” bits for “SNL” – is back as host, with Sam Smith as
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: Basketball, 6 p.m. and about 8:30
p.m. ET, TBS.
The NCAA tournament is now just a step from its final four.
Tonight’s doubleheader will be followed by games Sunday
afternoon on CBS. The four winners collide next Saturday, with the championship
game two days later.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Da Vinci’s Demons,” 9 p.m., Starz;
reruns at 10 and 11 p.m.
The mob is still at the palace gate, overthrowing Florence
and convinced that Prince Lorenzo de Medici has died. He almost did, but
Leonardo da Vinci saved him by transfusing his own blood.
Also in last week’s season-opener (rerunning at 8 p.m.), Lucrezia
– both men’s mistress and a spy for the enemy – plunged into the sea, chained
to Zoroaster, the scammer. The prince’s brother was killed, his wife’s brother
was treacherous and evil Riario had seized a ship to take to South America,
with Nico as prisoner. Clearly, all is lost … or would be, if da Vinci weren’t
so inventive. Here’s another great hour.
Other choices include:
“Lord of the Rings” trilogy (2001-3), 1 p.m. to 1:18 a.m.,
TNT. Three great films start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m.
“Rio” (2011), 7 and 9 p.m., FX. Here’s another splendid
movie, with gorgeous animation and lively music that fit the Rio de Janeiro
“2 Broke Girls,” 8 p.m., CBS. Waiting for its turn with
basketball, CBS offers two comedy reruns, preceding two “48 Hours” episodes.
This is a good one, with the women finding opposite results when they take
office temp jobs. Caroline gets ambitious; Max battles sexual harassment.
“Mom,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. With three generations of unmarried
mothers, this family isn’t accustomed to the concept of “taking it slow.” Now Christy
tries that with her new boyfriend.
“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Joe uses his new
power over a cult to propel a deadly plan.
“Saturday Night Live,” 10 p.m., NBC. Lena Dunham hosts this
rerun, with The National as music guest. An Eden sketch -- imagining that Adam
and Eve are a lot like Dunham’s over-analytical “Girls” character and her
dolt-ish boyfriend (also named Adam) – is brilliant.
Stand-up comedy, 11 p.m. and midnight, Comedy
Central. First is a rerun with Amy Schumer, the clever comedian whose series
starts its second season Tuesday. Then is a new hour with Hannibal Buress, whose
gentle approach makes his own misadventures (often alcohol-related) seem very