“The Sound of Music” (1965), 7-11 p.m., ABC.
At the core is a
true story: Maria, a young orphan training to be a nun, began
teaching the children of a retired Austrian Navy captain. They
married, formed a family singing group and fled fron the Nazis.
Layered onto that
were Rodgers and Hammerstein at their songwriting peak. Before his
death (of cancer at 65), Oscar Hammerstein added the lovely
“Edelweiss” during rehearsals; it would be his last song. On
Broadway, the show won five Tonys, including best musical; the movie
won five Oscars, including best picture. It was nominated for five
more, including Julie Andrews as best actress.
“Madam Secretary,” 9:30 p.m., CBS (but 9 p.m. PT).
As anyone who's seen
“Scandal” already knows, fictional politics is even messier than
real life. In this case, the presidential election has been thrown
into the House of Representatives. That's complicated by a possible
war between Iran and Israel, so Elizabeth rushes both sides to the
president's chief of staff (played by the talented Zeljko Ivanek) has
had a heart attack. Emelyn Daly – whose dad, Tim Daly, plays
Elizabeth's husband Henry -- is back as Henry's niece.
ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9-11:30 p.m., PBS.
Last week's “Henry
VI, Part I” was messy enough, with beheadings and stabbings and
such; it was a mere warm-up for tonight's nastiness. Henry VI is
quiet and sensitive; Queen Margaret (Sophie Okonedo) is not. Deals
are made and broken, people are butchered, often slowly and close-up.
Some viewers will be
driven away by the gore or the Shakespearean language. Still, this is
brilliantly filmed, with all the qualities of a great action movie,
plus a superb cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is often in the background,
but emerges powerfully in the final minutes, setting up next week's
(1977), 11:41 a.m., TNT. The splendid trilogy airs here, with “The
Empire Strikes Back” (1980) at 2:23 p.m. and “The Return of the
Jedi” at 5:05. That's followed by a new “Librarians” -- a
magician dared to use real magic – at 8 and “Attack of the
Clones” (2002) at 9.
Football preview, 7
p.m. ET, and kick-off, 8:30, NBC. Using its “flex-schedule”
option, NBC has Tampa Bay – currently clinging to the final playoff
spot -- at Dallas. The Cowboys – winless against the Giants,
undefeated against the rest of the world – still have the
conference's best record.
8 p.m., Fox. The beauty of a cartoon is that you can burn down a city
whenever it's convenient. In this rerun, Springfield has burned and
people need Mr. Burns to rebuild it.
Angeles,” 8:30 p.m., CBS (8 p.m. PT). A missing Navy officer had
been working on foreigh cyber threats. Now Callen teams with Deeks
and Sam is with Anna Kolcheck, played by Russian-born actress Bar
“A Christmas to
Remember,” 9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Oscar-winner
Mira Sorvino plays a harsh TV personality who has amnesia after a car
crash. Naturally, a handsome chap (Cameron Matheson) helps. That's
one of two new movies; “Sleigh Bells Ring” (8 p.m., Hallmark) has
a single mom rushing to create a perfect Christmas parade ... but the
sleigh seemsto have a mind of its own.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. In this rerun, Todd feels deep remorse.
Tandy needs to tell some lies, in order to comfort him.
10:30 p.m., CBS (10 p.m. PT). Someone seems to be using Watson's
medical license to sell drugs. Now she's a suspect and must scramble
to find the real criminal.