TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Call Me Crazy,”
8-10 p.m., Lifetime.
“Five” was one of the best TV film
in recent years, brilliantly entwining five short films about cancer.
Now the same producers have made an even better film on mental
These shorts were directed by actresses
Ashley Judd, Laura Dern, Bonnie Hunt and Bryce Dallas Howard and
director Sharon Maguire. Each packs great visual and emotional
The performances – including one that
connects three of the films – range from quietly inward (Brittany
Snow) to spectacularly outward (Melissa Leo, Sofia Vassilieva). Each
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Mary and
Martha,” 8-9:45 p.m., HBO.
In an odd quirks, two of the best films
of this season (or any season) air simultaneously.
Martha O'Connell is based loosely on a
British woman who campaigns for international malaria aid. Her story
links with a fictional one of a rich American. As played (superbly)
by Oscar-winners Brenda Blethyn and Hilary Swan, they are delightful
opposites, linking together.
In the past, Richard Curtis has written
lots of light fun, from “Bean” to “Love, Actually” to “Pirate
Radio.” Still, he's passionate about rich nations helping others;
he propelled “Idol Gives Back,” preached in “The Girl in the
Cafe” and here has written a quietly moving movie.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE:“Castle,” 9
and 10 p.m., ABC.
Here's a rerun of a solid two-parter
that adds an emotional kick.
When a rich girl is kidnapped, Richard
Castle realizes his daughter was also taken. Soon, Alexis Castle
finds herself on a European rooftop. Fortunately, she has her dad's
knack for quick-thinking.
Other choices include:
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. After an ambush attempt on Jada Khaled, the team tries to find
the culprit. That forces Sam to meet Jada for the first time since he
returned from the Sudan.
– More movies, 8 p.m., cable. Here's
some variety, alongside the great dramas mentioned above. There's a
popular Disney cartoon – “Tangled” (2010), on ABC Family –
and one of the all-time best adventures, Steven Spielberg's “Raiders
of the Lost Ark” (1981) on Spike.
– “Vegas,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a late change, CBS has replaced a "Mentalist" rerun with this new episode: Savino (Michael Chiklis) must decide what to do with a gambler's body that was found in a suite of the hotel.
– “Smash,” 9 p.m., NBC.
“Bombshell,” the Marilyn Monroe musical, is finally opening on
Broadway. All is fine … except the star (Megan Hilty) has an attack
of nerves … the producer (Anjelica Huston) has a troubled
relationship with an arts editor … and the former star (Katharine
McPhee) has a rocky time with her boyfriend. They're doing another
show together and he opens up about his troubled past.
– “Orphan Black,” 9 p.m., BBC
America. Sarah (the drifter) now knows she's one of many clones …
including one who's trying to kill the others. Impersonating Beth
(the dead cop), Sarah was attacked by the killer, then lied and said
it was a man. Tonight's strong hour brings another confrontation.
– “Saturday Night Live,” 10 and
11:29 p.m., NBC. First is a rerun of last week's episode, one of the
few disappointments in an excellent season. There were some good
sketches – memory-lapsed actors, weak gun control – but Vince
Vaughn's improvised opener was lame; so, surprisingly, were both
“Weekend Update” guests. Then Chrisoph Waltz hosts a better rerun
with music from Alabama Shakes.