TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Miss Universe” pageant, 9-11 p.m.,
A bastion of capitalism – owned by Donald Trump, no less –
visits Moscow tonight.
Lots of Americans will be there including Olivia Culp, the
current Miss Universe. Steven Tyler (also a judge) and Panic at the Disco
perform; Thomas Roberts of MSNBC hosts, alongside England’s Mel B.
Also performing will be Emin, who has roots nearby: He was
born in Azerbaijan,where his wife’s father is president. Still, Emin is closer
to the Trump type: The son of a real-estate mogul, he studied business at New
York University and started a Madison Avenue shoe store.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: Football, everywhere.
Nick Saban’s past and present collide, when Louisiana State
visits Alabama, at 8 p.m. on CBS. LSU, ranked No. 13, won a national title
under Saban; Alabama (No. 1) has won three with him so far.
That’s on a night when three of the big-four networks have
football. At 7 p.m., Fox has Texas at West Virginia; at 8, ABC has Notre Dame
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Thundermans,” 6, 9 and 9:30
Let’s not give any points for originality: This show clones
Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” (likable teen girl in a family with secret
powers) to an extreme. It copies the casting of a gorgeous Latina mom and
chunky white dad, then varies slightly be adding a twin brother who aspires to
be a supervillain.
At least, “Wizards” is a good show to copy, with lots of
sight gags. In the rerun at 6 and 9:30, the twins battle each other with pranks;
in the new episode at 9, Phoebe has a crush on the guy coming to dinner.
Other choices include:
“Dirty Dancing” (1987) and “Grease” (1978), 6:30 and 9 p.m.,
ABC Family. Music, romance and nifty dance moves fill these two popular films.
The first is richly crafted; the second is OK.
“Saturday Night Live,” 8 and 11:29 p.m., NBC. Two reruns air
tonight – a trimmed-down one and then one with Miley Cyrus doubling as host and
music guest. That one starts cleverly (old Miley warns new Miley not to do the
Video Music Awards), goes downhill (a mock music video with Republican congresspeople
is crude and witless), then recovers. And yes, Cyrus sings well.
“A Country Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime. Dolly Parton has
a supporting role here. Desiree Ross plays a biracial Appalachian girl who
defies her mother by entering a Dollywood singing contest.
“Dancing on the Edge,” 9 p.m., Starz. Last week saw friends
celebrate as Jessie recovered from a brutal attack; then came the quick
reversal and her death. Now the band she sang for plays at her funeral. Its
leader – still convinced he saw young Julian near the murder scene – becomes a
prime suspect. Trouble builds, propelling this stylish, 1930s mini-series to
next week’s finale.
“Torchwood: Miracle Day,” 9 p.m., BBC America. In the
second-to-last episode of this mini-series rerun, the world plunges into recession,
the team is on the run and Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) switches sides.