“Love By the 10th Date,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime.
For the second
straight week, Lifetime has a strong movie to fill the Saturday void.
Last week had tears and songs with the “Beaches” remake; tonight
finds fun in the modern datiung scene.
Gabby (Meagan Good)
is an artist with talent, a good magazine job, great friends ... and
no romance. Guys don't know they're in love until the 10th
date, she's told; she's never made it to No. 10. Now she and a friend
aim to reach 10; one friend (Kelly Rowland) interviews an elusive
reggae star, another has complications in an open marriage. Sometimes
contrived and often adult, this is bright and well-played.
Sports overload, ABC, Fox and cable.
We expect sports to
be big on cable Saturdays; tonight, the ESPN networks have college
basketball and NBC Sports Network has pro hockey's all-star weekend.
But beyond that, the big networks jump in.
On Fox, it's
“ultimate fighting” at 8 p.m. ET. On ABC, it's pro basketball,
with a preview at 8 p.m. ET and the game at 8:30. The Golden State
Warriors – with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and the
best record in the pros – host the Los Angeles Clippers, with Chris
Paul and a 30-16 record.
ALTERNATIVE: “Dirty Dancing” (1987), 6 p.m. and midnight, Bravo;
and/or “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), 8 and 10:30 p.m., AMC.
Few films have
managed to skillfully blend dance, music and emotion. Here are two of
First, Jennifer Grey
is a teen who meets a dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) in the
Catskills; as the song says, she has the time of her life. Then John
Travolta is a tough-but-earnest Brooklyn guy who conquers the disco
world, to a throbbing BeeGees beat.
“Star Wars: The
Force Awakens” (2015), 6:40 p.m., Starz. Here's a dandy
double-feature: This strong (if flawed) adventure leads into the
terrific “Ghostbusters” remake (2016) at 9 p.m. For more fun, try
two Meryl Streep films -- “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), at 7
and 9:30 p.m. on E, “Julie & Julia” (2009) at 8 p.m. on Pop.
p.m., CBS. Enrico Colantoni guests in this show from his native
Canada. He has kidnapped an engineer who designs key software. As
negotiators try to deal with him, someone else is intercepting the
emails and sabotaging the process.
“The Nice Guys”
(2016), 8 p.m., HBO. While Ryan Gosling gathers well-deserved praise
and awards for “La La Land,” catch his previous film. Its story
is a bit goofy, but the pairing is a delight: Gosling plays an
underskilled private-eye, paired with a tough and grim Russell Crowe.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Christmastime problems,
small (the “secret Santa” gifts) and large: Dr. Wade's adopted
son is a suspect, after holiday burglaries turn deadly.
“Where Are They
Now?” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. After a two-month break, this
show returns with more catch-ups. There's Phylicia Rashad, who soared
in “The Cosby Show,” then did key Broadway revivals and won a
Tony. And singer Jon Secada. And Lindsey Stirling, who drew fame a
decade ago at 20, when she used YouTube to show her blend of
electronic violin and dance.
Date: Girls Night In,” 10:02 p.m., Lifetime. The actors in the
“10th Date” movie discuss their own dating adventures,
good and bad.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. This reruns the Nov. 19 episode, with
Kristen Wiig hosting and The XX as music guests.