“MacGyver,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In a week filled
with reruns, CBS is making sure everyone sees this first-season
ratings success. It repeats three episodes, each time with Mac
creating quick inventions.
On Sunday, he fixed
a train, using only an armrest, a curtain rod and a toothpick.
Tonight, he has to defuse a bomb at the United Nations, using a
wrench and a rope. And at 8 p.m. Friday, he must engineer a prison
break, using only batteries and salt. This guy really needs to get a
better tool belt.
II: “North by Northwest” (1959), 5:30 p.m. ET, Turner Classic
This is a weak day
for TV shows, but a strong one for classic movies. TCM shows “Citizen
Kane” (1941) at 3:15 p.m. and this one at 5:30; the American Film
Institute puts them at No. 1 and 55 all-time.
Hitchcock was 6, his dad taught him a lesson by jailing him. It
turned out to be for five minutes, but it led to a lifetime of films
about the falsely accused. For “The Wrong Man” (1956), which TCM
has at 11 a.m., Hitchcock had a dark view and a true story. For
“North by Northwest,” he crafted a fun romp: A wrongly accused
Cary Grant eludes a plane and even climbs Mount Rushmore.
Bowl games, all day.
Go figure this: Of
all the 40 bowl games this year, exactly one will get a primetime
spot on a broadcast network. A super-big bowl? No, it's the Foster
Farms Bowl, which has Utah (8-4 and ranked No. 19) and Indiana, which
is 6-6 (4-5 in conference play) and hasn't won a bowl game since
That's 8:30 p.m. ET
on Fox, alongside an ESPN triple-header. At 2 p.m. ET, the Pinstripe
Bowl has Pittsburgh (8-4, No. 23) and Northwestern (6-6). At 5:30,
the Russell Athletic Bowl has West Virginia (10-2, No. 16) and Miami
(8-4). At 9, the Texas Bowl has Kansas State and Texas A&M; both
1:45 (1982), 3:45 (1985) and 5:45 p.m. ET (1988), BBC America,
rerunning at 8 and 10 p.m. and midnight. This starts with the
well-made but disturbing “First Blood,” then turns crowdpleaser
with two sequels. For more action, there's “The Fast and the
Furious” (2001) at 7:30 pm. and two 8 p.m. films -- “Speed”
(1994) on CMT and “Taken” (2008) on Lifetime.
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 8 and 9 p.m., NBC. In a change, NBC has
back-to-back reruns. In the first, an athlete is the victim of a
sexual assault, but her secret double life complicates the case. In
the second, Wyclef Jean plays a record mogul, accused of an assault
on a transgender student.
Unknown,” 9 p.m., Travel Chanel. All week (through Saturday), this
channel is helpfully reminding us that things are much colder
somewhere else. Tonight, Josh Gates heads to the North Pole, South
Korea and Siberia, in search of DNA from a wooly mammoth.
9 p.m., ABC. When Luke and Manny compete for senior-class president,
their parents get overinvolved. Also in this rerun, Martin Short
plays a promotion whiz who mentors Haley.
9:31, ABC. This rerun finds the family going to Disney World.
“Match Game,” 10
p.m., ABC. With “Designated Survivor” waiting until March, Alec
Baldwin's show gets a fine time slot. New shows start next weekend;
first is a rerun with mostly comedy people; it has Leslie Jones, Jack
McBrayer, Leah Remini, Ike Barinholtz, Cheryl Hines and Josh Charles.
10 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, Platt is attacked after visiting her
father. Investigating the case, police soon find an even-more-brutal