TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m. (or
later, with football overrun), NBC.
Like any “SNL,” this rerun is inconsistent; like some, it
has great moments. That’s led by the “Black Jeopardy” sketch, with Louis C.K.
as Brigham Young University’s African-American history professor.
C.K. got an Emmy nomination for this episode; he didn’t win,
but did win for a script for his own cable show. The music guest is Sam Smith.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “The Brittany Murphy Story”
(Lifetime) or “Houdini” (History), both 8 p.m.
Here are movie portraits of two show-business lives cut
short. Murphy was a gifted actress in movies (“Jersey Girls”) and TV (“David
and Lisa”), who died at 32, of complications including pneumonia; Harry Houdini
was a master magician who died at 52, of a ruptured appendix.
“Houdini” is a mini-series that debuted Monday and Tuesday
and now reruns in one chunk, until 11:32 p.m. Erik Weisz goes from a tough
childhood – son of an unemployed rabbi in Wisconsin – to world fame. We see him
(played by Oscar-winner Adrien Brody) battled frauds and befriending world
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Chair” debut, 11 p.m., Starz.
Here’s an intriguing experiment: Take two very different
filmmakers. Give them the same script (which they’re free to change), setting
(Pittsburgh) and modest budget. Then release both movies.
At first, the “Chair” debut gets mired in insider talk about
artistic intentions. Then it comes alive when we see how different these people
are. Shane Dawson, a YouTube star, is a just-do-it guy who wants to boom ahead,
starring in the film; Anna Martemucci is an NYU Film School grad and indie-film
favorite, tending toward doubts and rewrites. He adds jokes, she adds character
drama; this should be fun.
Other choices include
Movies, all night, cable. Things start early, with the epic “Avatar”
(2009) at 5 p.m. on FX and the charming “Love Actually” (2003) at 7 p.m. on
Oxygen. Other winners include “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980), at 8 p.m. ET on
Turner Classic Movies and “Forrest Gump” (1994), at 9 p.m. on ABC Family.
Football, 6:30 p.m. ET Fox. The first college week was
filled with mismatches, but now come a terrific collision of opposites. Last
year, Oregon had the nation’s No. 2 offense, in yards-per-game; Michigan State
had the No. 4 defense. Now MSU (ranked 7th) visits Oregon (ranked 3rd).
More sports, everywhere. ABC has NASCAR at 7:30 p.m., but
others obsess on football. Michigan visits 16th-ranked Notre Dame
(7:30 p.m. on NBC); Virginia Tech is at 8th-ranked Ohio State (8
p.m. on ESPN).
“Person of Interest,” 8 p.m., CBS. For once, the machine
doesn’t have the answer. In this rerun, all it can do is spit out five numbers;
the team must figure out what to do from there.
“Outlander,” 9 p.m., Starz; reruns at 10. Accompanying a
rent-collection journey, Claire begins to understand the good and evil of these
rugged Highlanders. It’s a fairly well-made episode, but leaves viewers suspended,
virtually in mid-sentence.
“Leftovers,” 10 p.m., BBC America. Failing to find his wife
in Seattle, Jack returns home … and finds her there, seeming distraught and