“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
expanded his NBC domain with this January episode. Already big with
“The Voice,” he hosted, was music guest and did most of the
sketches – some good and some (as usual) not.
Shelton wasn't in
the opener (a clever take-off on the deflated-football controversy)
and then had a so-so “Hee Haw” bit. But his “Bachelor” satire
and a fake country video (“Wishin' Boot”) were brilliant. Others
(“My Darlin' Joan,” “Magic”) were strained and one-note, but
that's a common “SNL” problem.
“The Astronauts Wives Club,” 8 p.m., ABC.
If you missed
Thursday's opener, here's a second chance. It's a fairly good hour,
depicting the seven women married to the original Apollo astronauts.
At the core is
Louise Shepard – intense, determined ... and looking past her
husband's continued affairs; they managed to stay married for 53
years. She's the opposite of Trudy Cooper (Odette Annable), a pilot
who had already left her husband once ... just as flashy and
confident Rene Carpenter (Yvonne Strahovski) was the opposite of shy
Annie Glenn (Azure Parsons). They offer an interesting mix.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Seventies” (7 and 8 p.m.) and “Blackfish”
(2013), 9 p.m., CNN.
Give CNN credit for
offering alternatives to all that news-channel chatter. Tonight, it
reruns the start of its “Seventies” documentary series: The first
hour (on 1970s television) is slick and shallow, but fun; the second
turns serious, viewing Watergate and the fall of Richard Nixon.
Then is a rerun of
“Blackfish,” in which former amusement-park people condemn the
notion of captive whales. Deeply engaging, it was named
best-documentary by film critics in St. Louis, Las Vegas and
Washington, D.C., and by the Satellite Awards.
Golf, 2-10 p.m. ET,
Fox. It's the third night of the U.S. Open, as the week's sports
overload continues. NBC has boxing (Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter)
at 8:30 p.m. ET. And the golf nudges the Women's World Cup over to
Fox Sports 1, with round-of-16 elimination games at 4 and 7:30 p.m.
p.m., CBS. It isn't easy being a kid surrounded by big-time people.
Playing a video game in this rerun, Ralph accidentally reveals the
location of a CIA safe house.
(2014), 8-10:30 p.m., HBO. If you haven't seen this (or read the
book), savor the plot twists. Rosamund Pike got a well-deserved Oscar
nomination; the movie should have had one, too.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. It's Halloween in New Orleans – yes, this
is a rerun – and we find a JAG officer slain, with odd details. She
has a Victorian costume, with vampire-type puncture wounds.
“In an Instant,”
9-11 p.m., ABC. As a high-school-graduation present, Jenna Otter's
dad took her on a hiking trip to Glacier National Park. There, she
confronted a 400-pound grizzly bear; her dad, a hospital
administrator, diverted the bear, survived the attack ... and even
joked about it afterward. It's a strong story that this rerun tells
with recollections and re-enactments.
“Power,” 9 p.m.,
Starz. “Why are you telling me this?” James (the secret drug
boss) asks his lover (the assistant district attorney who works drug
cases). We were wondering the same thing. This is a stylish drama
(especially in tonight's Miami episode), but her blunt admission
seems wildly unbelievable.
& Mr. Norrell,” 10-11:15 p.m., BBC America. As his reputation
for magic grows, the charismatic Strange becomes an apprentice to the