TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: AFI Life Achievement Award, 9 p.m., TNT;
repeats at 10:30.
For decades, the American Film Institute has given this
annual award – to men, usually. In the first 11 years, Bette Davis was the only
female winner; in the 30 years since then, there have been seven.
Now Jane Fonda gets the award … just as her dad (Henry) did
36 years ago. She brings an active career – from six Oscar nominations
(including wins in “Klute” and “Coming Home”) to HBO’s splendid “News Room.”
She also brings a high-profile life as an activist, a workout-video pioneer and
more. Presenters include her brother Peter, plus Meryl Streep, Sally Field,
Michael Douglas and Penny Marshall.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The Blacklist” and “Saturday Night
Live,” 10 and 11:29 p.m., NBC.
With no hockey to worry about tonight, NBC can get back to
entertaining us with reruns. That starts with the team going after “The
Alchemist,” who uses science to transform crooks’ DNA.
Then we get Jonah Hill hosting “SNL,” with Bastille as music
guest. The show starts big with Leonardo DiCaprio showing up, then levels off.
But Seth Meyers was still around, which is a good thing.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Power,” 9 p.m., Starz, rerunning at
Last week’s debut (rerunning at 8) introduced us to “Ghost,”
a drug boss who wishes he could focus on his upscale nightclub. It’s a stylish
show, but Ghost is so tight and distant that he’s hard to care about.
Tonight his problems grow, as people attack his couriers.
Against a messy backdrop, Ghost flirts with his old high school girlfriend; he
doesn’t know she’s a government attorney, she doesn’t know he’s the crook she’s
after. It’s another tough hour to get into, but the final minutes ripple with
Other choices include:
“Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1981), 7 and 9 p.m., Sundance[MH1] .
The original “Mad Max” was a micro-budget film, edited by its director (an
Australian doctor) on his kitchen table. Still, it packed power; this sequel, given
a full budget, is a sharply crafted, post-apocalyptic adventure.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the
season-opener, McGarrett and Wo Fat escape from prison and promptly find new
trouble: Gunmen have stormed headquarters; now McGarrett must break the law to
rescue Catherine. This is the hour that introduces Chi McBride as Grover, the
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 9 p.m., CBS. With more
than a million dollars in money and chips on a poker table in this rerun,
there’s a robbery and murder.
“Sing Your Face Off” finale, 9 and 10 p.m., ABC. Yes, the
season ends two weeks after it began. In all, six episodes were stuffed into
three Saturdays. We’re betting this won’t match the “MASH” finale in interest.
Tonight, we get people performing as James Brown, Madonna, Little Richard and
“Orphan Black,” 9 p.m., BBC America. Cosima’s health is
deteriorating quickly, causing Sarah to take a desperate step. Meanwhile,
Alison and Donnie battle the law.
“In the Flesh” season-finale, 11 p.m., BBC America. In a change,
this zombie drama is airing an hour later than usual (with Graham Norton’s talk
show moved up to 10). Tonight’s “Flesh” finale finds Kieren in danger, when
Gary suspects him of planning a zombie attack on the town.