TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 10 and 11:29 p.m., NBC.
First is a rerun of last week's
episode, one of the year's best. There are great moments from host
Melissa McCarthy – as an abusive basketball coach and as herself,
wobbling in heels – and from Bobby Moynihan. He starts the show as
a rambling King Jong-un, then returns as Drunk Uncle, this time with
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) as his rambling pal Peter
Drunklage. Phoenix is the music guest.
Then a new episode has Vince Vaughn
hostig,with music by Miguel.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Orphan
Black,” 9 p.m., BBC America.
In the first two weeks, young drifter
Sarah has kept coming across people who look just like her. Two are
dead, one is an angry suburban mom, another is a brainy grad student.
Sarah buried one lookalike and has been
impersonating the other (Beth, a cop). She grabbed $75,000 from
Beth's safe-deposit box, but her police partner temporarily has the
Another great episode starts to give us
some answers, while adding to the splendid work of Canadian actress
Tatiana Maslany – tonight pretending to be someone pretending
(clumsily) to be a cop.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Louis C.K.:
Oh My God,” 10 p.m.,HBO.
Last season, Louis C.K. dominated the
Emmys, with two writing wins(for his series and his stand-up special)
and five more nominations. He's skipping the series this year, but
here's a great stand-up hour.
He wonders about sharks (do they know
their fins are showing?) and women. And in a big finish, he
acknowledges the incorrect things the bad part of his mind is saying.
Even slavery, he says, gave us the
pyramids and more. Now Third-Worlders are virtual slaves at
electronics factories, “just so you can make a mean comment on
YouTube while you're (on the toilet).”
Other choices include:
– “Bet on Your Baby” debut, 8 and
9 p.m., ABC. The newest – and, maybe, strangest – reality show
takes tykes (ages 2 to 3-and-a-half) to the “babydome” with one
parent, while the other bets on the result. Which toy will he choose?
Can he repeat an obstacle course? Can he name seven grocery items?
– “Smash,”8 p.m., NBC. This
sometimes-wonderful show drew dreadfully bad ratings last week, when
it moved to Saturday. Now NBC is nudging it one hour earlier
(followed by reruns of “Voice” audition). “Bombshell” is
almost ready for its Broadway opening, but there's an onstage
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In this
rerun, Ziva's dad insists he's just in town to have Shabbat dinner
with her. She's skeptical that the head of Mossad would do anything
– “Doors Open,” 8 p.m., Ovation.
Here's an amiable little gem, the story of mismatched guys who feel
so cheated that they'll try a daring art theft. Stephen Fry – Hugh
Laurie's comedy partner in their early years – produced it though
his company and co-stars. The result is light, slight and
– “Joan and Melissa”
season-finale, 9 p.m., WE. Joan Rivers' staff-appreciation party –
aboard a yacht, no less – has problems. Also, Melissa's boyfriend
is visiting … just as she fears she may be pregnant.
– “Body of Proof,” 10 p.m., ABC.
In the rerun of a fairly good episode, Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”)
plays a grief counselor. When he seems close to too many murders,
Megan becomes suspicious.
– “Life With LaToya,” 10:30 p.m.,
Oprah Winfrey Network. LaToya Jackson, 56, starts a reality show. We
soon learn she's “very grand” and “a germophone”. And she
made a childhold pact with her brother Michael and friend Kathy (now
Kathy Hilton) to each name a child Paris. The others did; she had to
settle for having Paris the dog.