“Fast Five” (2011), 8-11 p.m., NBC.
big-four networks are all about high-octane, high-stakes action. Two
(CBS, ABC) have basketball; the other two have speeding vehicles –
bikes on Fox (Supercross, 7 p.m.), cars here.
A street racer (Vin
Diesel) is linking with a former FBI agent (Paul Walker), trying to
rob a drug lord. But an FBI guy (Dwayne Johnson, also known as The
Rock) is pursuing them. There are lots of chases and gun fights, plus
Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and
II: “Planet Earth II,” 9 p.m. ET, BBC America, rerunning at
Much of the Earth –
one-quarter of its non-water – involves grasslands, narrator David
Attenborough tells us. There, cameras find big creatures – lions
chasing buffalo, wolves chasing caribou – and tiny ones: A
five-million-ant colony combines to turn grass into fungus, eating a
half-ton of it every year.
There's humor here
from the birds – some hitch rides on ostriches, others leap in
frantic mating rituals – and spectacle from the arctic fox. It
leaps up and plunges head-first into the snow, surprising its prey.
Robert Osborne tribute, all day, Turner Classic Movies.
Osborne, who died
March 6 at 84, had a rich knowledge of movies and their stars. This
48-hour marathon starts at 6 a.m. ET with a 2014 special that had
Alec Baldwin interviewing him; that repeats at 1:30 and 8:05 p.m. ET
and 12:45 a.m. There's also a 2015 tribute to him, at 9 a.m. and 4:15
Alongside that are
interviews -- Norman Jewison at 7:30 a.m. ET, Alan Arkin, 10:15;
Luise Rainer, 11:30; Liza Minnelli, 12:15 p.m.; Eva Marie Saint, 3
p.m.; Peter O'Toole, 5:30; Kim Novak, 6:45; Debbie Reynolds, 9:30;
Betty Hutton, 10:30 p.m.; Liza Minnelli, 11:45 p.m. and more.
four networks. A new tournament round begins, with 32 teams left. CBS
has games at noon and at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. ET, with cable doing
the rest. That's 6 and 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT and 7 and 9:30 p.m. on
“Ice Age” films,
3:40 to 10 p.m., cable. You could catch an animated triple-feature.
The first two “Ice Age” films are on Freeform at 3:40 (2002) and
5:40 p.m. (2006). The latest (2016) is 8 p.m. on HBO.
(1996), 6:39 p.m., Starz. A strong movie night starts with this
sharply written Tom Cruise film. You might also try Tina Fey's “Mean
Girls” (2004) at 7:06 and 9:14 p.m. on Bravo and Freeform cartoons
-- “Despicable Me” (2010) at 7:45 and the clever “Wreck-It
Ralph” (2012) at 9:50.
Pro basketball, 8:30
p.m. ET, ABC, with preview at 8. LeBron James and the Cleveland
Cavaliers visit the Los Angeles Clippers.
“The History of
Comedy,” 9 and 10 p.m. ET, CNN. Barring another late change, this
will offer two strong reruns. The first looks at people – from
Jonathan Winters to Robin Williams – who managed to mix great
comedy with serious personal problems. The second views topical
humor, from the mild Hope/Carson days to the rush of “Daily Show,”
Samantha Bee, “Saturday Night Live” and beyond.
Screaming,” 11 p.m., Fox. In a rerun of the opener, 10 survival
experts are paired with non-experts – including a cheerleader, a
chess champion, a model and a self-described “Malibu princess.”
Despite the stereotypes, these turn out to be interesting people, fun
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of the episode Casey Affleck
hosted, before winning his Academy Award for “Manchester By the
Sea.” Chance the Rapper is the music guest.