MUST-SEE: “Hunger Games” or “Twilight” films, cable.
weekend when “Mockingjay” (the first half of the “Hunger Games”
finale) opens, we can sample films from two series. Both turned youth
novels into mega-movies.
original “Hunger Games” (2012) is 8 p.m. on ABC Family, with a
teen (the terrific Jennifer Lawrence) taking her sister's place in a
deadly competition. Also, both halves of the “Twilight” finale
run in inconvenient order – the first (2011) at 8 p.m. on FXX, the
second (2012) at 7 on Showtime.
MIGHT-SEE: “State of Affairs,” 9 p.m., NBC,
grumbled about this season-opener, with its absurd plot twists. But
that was on a Monday, when there were better (much better) shows. On
a weak Saturday, this is worth trying.
Heigl is terrific as a CIA analyst who prepares a daily briefing for
the president (Alfre Woodard), the mother of her late fiance. Sleekly
filmed, this briskly zips us over (almost) its plot woes.
ALTERNATIVE: Christmas films, 8-10 p.m., cable.
film sticks close to real life. “An En Vogue Christmas”
(Lifetime) has members of the pop group playing themselves,
ree-uniting for a concert to save the club where they first caught
other goes for fantasy. “A Royal Christmas” (Hallmark), a fairly
adequate film, sees a Philadelphia tailor and designer (Lacey
Chabert) suddenly learn that her boyfriend is prince of Cordinia. His
mom (Jane Seymour) wants him to marry nobility (Katherine Flynn,
The Story of Food,” 7-11 p.m., National Geographic. First is a
rerun of Friday's excellent opener, viewing “food revolutionaries,”
from explorers to Julia Childs and Clarence Birdseye. Then the new
hours view our passion for sugar (9 p.m.) and seafood (10); those
repeat at 11 p.m. and midnight.
7:30 p.m. ET, Fox; and 8 p.m. ET, ABC. Fox has Baylor (ranked No. 7)
hosting Oklahoma State; ABC has UCLA (No. 11) hosting Southern
Missing,” 7:55 and 9 p.m., Starz. First is a rerun of last week's
gripping opener, as a former husband and wife (James Nesbitt and
Frances O'Conner) take opposite approaches, eight years after their
son disappeared. Then comes another well-crafted hour, rerunning at
10:05. The dad desperately tries to kick open the case, now that he
has a hint of where his son was first taken.
8 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of the episode that doubled as a pilot
for “NCIS: New Orleans,” with a congressman's body found in New
Orleans. It's a good episode, but be wary: It's the start of a
two-parter, with no plans (yet) to rerun the second half.
Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a reporter announces the
group responsible for a bombing at a charity event.
on Wheels,” 9 p.m., AMC. The season concludes with the railroad
leaving Cheyenne and Cullen returning to the fort to retrieve his
Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Cameron Diaz hosts, with Mark Ronson
and Bruno Mars as music guests.