“In an Instant,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
Back in 2006,
Danelle Ballengee was a peak athlete. She was 35, two-time world
champion of “adventure racing” and four-time winner of the Pikes
Peak marathon. Then – during a run near Moab, Utah – she slipped
on some ice, fell 60 feet down a canyon wall and shattered her
Her dog stayed for
two days, then headed to town. When rescuers spotted him, he led a
dash to her. Ballengee would go on to a busy life – marrying,
having two children, buying and working at a Moab restaurant ... and
running. Now she's on “Instant,” which mixes re-creations and
II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
starpower in this rerun – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host; Bruce
Springsteen is the music guest. One terrific skit even gives us two
Hillary Clintons (Poehler as the 2008 version, Kate McKinnon now)
plus a Sarah Palin (Fey).
peaking with the biting satire in which married men join a show, then
learn it's “Meet Your Second Wife.” And since this aired at
Christmastime, we get a funny botching of classic songs.
ALTERNATIVE: “Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m., AMC, repeating at 11:01.
For five seasons,
we've seen pain and remorse wash across Cullen's face. A former
slaveholder and former Confederate officer, he's lost wives and
friends, killed many people and built a railroad. But this hour
brings everything – love, loss, rage, even hope – to a compelling
Mei Fong, his
translator, has been disguising as a man, but loving him as a woman.
But now the brutal Chang knows her secret. What follows ranges from a
stylized gunfight (straining believability, but beautifully done) to
scenes of deeply tender emotion. Three weeks from its finish, “Hell”
hits a peak.
noon to 11:30 p.m., Starz. Pausing during the holiday weekend, Starz
offers a rerun marathon of what's happened so far.
Olympic trials and
more, all day, NBC. This is an overcrowded time for NBC, as it
juggles the trials and NASCAR. It has track-and-field trials from 2-5
p.m. ET, then slides the rest to the NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m.
(decathlon and swimming heats) and at 8 p.m. (swimming finals).
Meanwhile, NBC has the Coke Zero 400 (that's 400 miles, not zero
miles) at 7:45 p.m. ET, with preview at 7.
“Rio” (2011), 6
p.m., and “Rio 2” (2014), 8 and 10 p.m., FXX. As Olympians fret
about Rio de Janeiro, we can put aside all worries and catch some
animated fun. “Rio” -- focusing on a tropical bird's return home
– glows with the sights, sounds and joy of a place at play.
Baseball, 7 p.m. ET,
Fox. Add this to the sports overload. Varying by region, it will be
Reds-Nationals, Cubs-Mets or Angels-Red Sox.
“Angel From Hell,”
8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS. This sounded like a good idea at the time –
Jane Lynch, fresh from her “Glee” triumph, playing an acerbic
guardian angel. Alas, the humor was scarce and the final episodes are
consigned to summertime Saturdays. In the first, the angel must do 10
good deeds, which is about 10 more than her usual; in the second,
she's suddenly watching two people, not one.
(2015), 9 p.m., HBO. In most places, women are still in their first
century of voting. That didn't happen in the U.S. until 1920; it was
1918 in England ... but only for property-owners who were 30. This
look at the English fight is grim, but superbly acted by Carey
Mulligan and others.
West,” 10 p.m., AMC. In two stories, this documentary sees powerful
forces ready to collide: Custer heads to Little Big Horn; Jesse James
wants a bank robbery that will make an impact.