TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Seth Meyers is wrapping up a great, eight-and-a-half year
run as “Weekend Update” anchor. Now he’s getting set to take over the weekday
late slot (12:35 a.m.) after the Olympics.
That means Meyers has only two more Saturdays at the desk,
before Cecily Strong (now his co-host) takes over. Tonight, Jonah Hill hosts,
with Bastille as music guest; another episode reruns at 10 p.m.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” 8-10
Back in 1892, some people assumed murder was the exclusive
domain of thugs and brutes and … well, males. Then Borden – 32, from a wealthy
Massachusetts family – was accused of savagely axing her father and step-mother
No one knows if she did it; this film follows the historical
events, adds its own view near the end. What makes it worthwhile is its period
look, skilled direction and solid cast. Christina Ricci stars, with Clea DuVall
as her sister and Billy Campbell as a defense attorney facing steep odds.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Black Sails” debut, 9 p.m., Starz;
also 10:10 and 11:20 p.m. and 2:20 a.m.
Back in 1715, pirates still ruled the sea and controlled the
lawless New Providence Island.
Their world was changing, though, as the British Navy
grasped for control. First, Captain Flint tries for a big score. He links with
Eleanor Guthrie – who uses her father’s power to rule the island … and with a
scheming young sailor named John Silver. This series is a “Treasure Island”
prequel, tossing in all the touches – violence, strong visuals, strong women,
occasional sex – that modern audiences want.
Other choices include:
“The Godfather” (1972) and “The Godfather, Part II” (1974),
9 a.m. and 1 p.m., then 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., AMC. Two of all-time great movies
are show (twice) back-to-back.
“Flushed Away” (2006), 8-10 p.m., ABC. Life always seems
difficult when you’re flushed down a toilet and into the London sewer. That’s
what happens to a mouse in this animated film.
“Shaun White: Russia Calling,” 8 p.m., NBC. Desperately
needing stars for the Winter Olympics, NBC turns to White -- young (27), flashy
and a winner. He won snowboarding gold in the last two Olympics; he also has a
record 13 gold medals in the X Games, plus 10 ESPY awards. This documentary
(produced by White) watches him juggling his training, businesses and relationships.
“Mike and Molly,” 8 p.m., CBS. Mike makes the mistake of
storming off. Molly retaliates by shopping.
“Two and a Half Men,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Jenny move in with her
grandmother (Holland Taylor) and grandma’s rich boyfriend (Carl Reiner).
“NCIS,” 9 p.m., CBS. Transporting a body from a crime scene,
Ducky and Jimmy disappear.
“School of Rock” (2003), 10:01 p.m., MTV. Jack Black plays a
floundering musician who schemes his way into a substitute-teaching job. The
result has heatr, humor and some dandy music.