“In an Instant,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
It was 25 years ago
that a gunman stormed into a Utah hospital, demanding to see the
doctor who had performed a tubal ligation on his wife. The doctor hid
and phoned police; that led to an 18-hour crisis for the hostages,
including nurses, babies and a patient who gave birth during the
planned to use the story as last week's season-opener, then delayed
it for a week because of the Orlando shootings. Now it's scheduled
for tonight, with re-enactments and first-person interviews.
II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
How universal is
Adele's popularity? In one sketch, a family can agree on nothing –
is the music guest, singing “Hello” and “When We Were Young.”
Matthew McConaughey hosts, ranging from a cheerful blues singer to a
messy cook on a talk show. Since this rerun is from November, there
are also sketches about Syrian refugees and “Star Wars”
ALTERNATIVE: “Hell on Wheels,” 9 p..m., AMC.
Amid waves of pain,
last week closed with some bedded bliss. It was Durant, the crooked
railroad man, with Maggie, the hotel-owner; and Cullen with Fong, the
translator who disguises as a man.
Now we start there
... and, of course, soon find fresh pain. To break through a
mountain, Cullen is making perilous use of nitroglycerin; to salvage
his schemes, Durant has a daring new one. As usual, “Hell”
skillfully delivers fresh twists and surprises; tonight's final
minutes bring both joy and shock.
Diving, 4:30-6 p.m.,
NBC Sports; 8-9 p.m., NBC. Here are springboard finals, to choose
this year's Olympic team. The men are on cable; then the women are on
“Center Stage: On
Pointe,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime, rerunning at 12:02 a.m. In 2000, the
movie “Center Stage” inhabited two worlds: Ostensibly a teen
film about ballet students, it was a classy drama directed by
Nicholas Hytner – who lbecame Sir Nicholas, head of England's
National Theatre. Now comes a belated sequel, directed by the
music-video maker called Director X. The students are new, but Peter
Gallagher returns as the boss, now pressured to give this ballet
group a young, hip feel.
p.m., NBC. These are the men's finals, for spots on the Olympic team.
The women have their finals Sunday.
Boxing (9-11 p.m.
ET, CBS) and more sports, everywhere. It's a crowded night, with
baseball (7 p.m. ET) on Fox, Olympic trials on NBC and the
consolation game of the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament, at
8 p.m. ET on FX. Into this crowded turf, CBS adds Keith Thurman
defending his welterweight title against Shawn Porter.
p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10 and 11. In last week's episode
(rerunning at 8 p.m.), leaders sent the Highlanders north, toward the
Redcoat troops. Now Jamie is desperate to prevent a slaughter.
Meanwhile, Claire tries to comfort Alex Randall, who comes up with an
West,” 10 p.m., AMC. Last week, this excellent documentary saw
President Grant bring peace by pledging that whites would stay out of
Lakota territory in the Black Hills. Then George Custer shattered
that by announcing the discovery of gold. Tonight, Grant scrambles to
preserve order; also, Allan Pinkerton is hired to stop Jesse James.
11:30 p.m., Fox. As school-play auditions approach, the contrasts
between the brothers are obvious: Ethan wants to be an actor like his
uncle, not in the tech crew like his father.