“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
starpower – Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host, with Bruce Springsteen
as the music guest – this rerun needed none of them for its best
moment. That was a broadly funny opening sketch, a Republican debate
with a bullying Donald Trump and a forever-frustrated Jeb Bush.
The hosts soon have
some great moments – reprising their Sarah Palin and Hillary
Clinton roles; also, hosting “Meet Your Second Wife” -- and some
average ones. They show up only briefly in a mild “Weekend Update,”
but this is a night so packed that Paul McCartney hops onstage
“Cooper Barrett's Guide to Life,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Fresh from college,
Cooper has no idea what he wants from life or love. He's still a kid,
mostly, and his brother – married and prosperous – sees a second
chance to enjoy the childhood he missed.
In this opener (a
rerun from Sunday), the brother gives him a giant TV set ... leading
to giant problems that sprawl over several years. Things get
overwrought at times, but this is mostly funny.
Football, 4:20 p.m. ET on ABC and 8:15 p.m., CBS.
The pro playoffs
begin, with wild-card teams visiting some of the division-winners.
It's Kansas City
(11-5) at Houston (9-7) at 4:20 p.m. ET on ABC, then Pittsburgh
(10-6) at Cincinnati (12-4) at 8:15 p.m. on CBS. There will be more
-- Seattle at Minnesota and Green Bay at Washington -- on Sunday.
(1997), 3:15 p.m., ABC Family. An animation marathon begins. That's
followed by “Tarzan” (1999) at 5:30, “Despicable Me” (2010)
at 7:30 and “Finding Nemo” (2003) at 9:30. The Disney Channel
counters with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” (2009) at 8.
8-10 p.m., ABC. In a late addition, ABC is inserting four reruns of
this show, which often visits topical areas. It starts with a pretty
good one that has Dre's son use the “n” word during a talent-show
rap. In the second episode, Dre considers buying a gun; in the third,
his dad admits he hasn't been to the doctor in years. And in the
fourth, his co-worker's work ethic is questioned.
8:30 p.m., Fox. The issues are hot, but the humor is so-so in this
rerun of Sunday's cartoon opener. Our hero is a border guard who gets
his wish, a mega-wall at the Mexican border.
p.m., Fox. If nothing else, this show gives us gorgeous Miami
settings; this rerun visits the art scene. When an FBI agent joins
the case, he endangers the lesbian romance of his former fiance Tara
and her lover Pippy; he also complicates Hornstock's efforts to
become police chief.
“Steve Jobs: The
Man in the Machine,” 9 p.m. ET, CNN, rerunning at 11. Barring a
late change, here's a rerun of the richly detailed portrait of Jobs,
the genius who co-created Apple (and came back to rescue it) and
nurtured Pixar. We see the contrasts of a man who could espouse
hippie ideals, yet behave like other tax-dodging moguls, even trying
to resist child-support payments.
“Shades of Blue,”
10 p.m., NBC. This is second-chance night for mid-season pilots.
There are the Fox comedies and this show, with Jennifer Lopez as a
police detective, forced to spy on her colleagues.
(1978), 10 p.m., Sundance. Here's a rarity – a low-budget, anarchic
comedy, done to perfection. It wraps up a double feature with stars
from the first “Saturday Night Live” crew – Chevy Chase in
“Vacation” (1983) at 8 p.m. and John Belushi in this one.