TV column for Friday, Sept. 22 (slightly out of order)


(This is the Friday column, slightly out of order. If you scroll down, you'll find Sunday, then Saturday, then Thursday.)

 

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“MacGyver,” 8 p.m., CBS.

A week before their
season starts, all three of CBS' Friday shows rerun their finales.
That starts with “MacGyver,” which has been bumped often lately,
by football and by “Big Brother.”

In this version of
the show – as in the original – Murdoc is a prime villain. Now he
has hired a former cellmate to pose as a lab technician ... and then
kill everyone in the Phoenix complex.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE
II: “America's Got Talent” (NBC) or “MasterChef” (Fox), both
8 p.m.

Two days after
naming their champions, these shows have reruns. That's fairly
logical for “Talent,” which reruns its big-deal, two-hour finale,
complete with guests and commotion.

Far less logical is
Fox: It reruns a seemingly random “MasterChef” hour. This one
trimmed the field from seven home chefs to six, with competitions
involving chopsticks and pasta.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Some Like It Hot” (1959), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic
Movies.

Here is a true
classic, named by the American Film Institute as the funniest
American film ever. It has a great concept (guys, on the run,
disguising as members of an all-female band), a clever
writer-director (Billy Wilder) and the perfect stars (Jack Lemmon,
Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe).

That list, created
in 2000, includes four of tonight's TCM films. The Marx Brothers' “A
Night at the Opera” (1935) , at 10:15 p.m. ET, is No. 12; Rob
Reiner's brilliant “This is Spinal Tap” (1984). at midnight, is
No. 29; and Charlie Chaplin's “Modern Times,” at 1:45 a.m., is
No. 35.

Other choices
include:

“Twilight Saga”
finale, 5:35 to 11 p.m., Freeform. The epic story of vampires,
werewolves and young love reaches its conclusion. “Breaking Dawn”
(2011) is at 5:35 p.m., with its sequel (2012) at 8:30.

“The State,”
7-11 p.m., National Geographic. After debuting over two nights this
week, the mini-series reruns in one chunk. It's a fictional story of
four people leaving England to join ISIS in Syria.

“Battlestar
Galactica,” 8-11 p.m., Syfy. This is one of Syfy's finest deeds –
reviving a lame old space show and injecting it with smart scripts
and great visuals. Tonight is the 2003 mini-series, with Earth's lone
survivors in a rag-tag collection of ships. Then the first season
reruns from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and from 6 to midnight Sunday.

“Beat Shazam,” 9
p.m., Fox. The teams in this rerun are a mother and son, two music
teachers and two lunch ladies. They tackle the music of Elton John,
Shakira and more.

“On Two Fronts:
Latinos & Vietnam,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. From the first days,
Latinos played a big role in Vietnam; Everett Alvarez Jr., a pilot,
was the second American prisoner of war and spent 8-and-a-half brutal
years in confinement. That was at the same time that thie Chicano
protest movement was growing. Both stories unfold in this 2015
documentary, rerunning before Ken Burns' Vietnam film returns Sunday,
for the second half of its 10-day run.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS. The team tries a risky plan to rescue girls held in a
sex-trafficking ring.

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m.. Danny has intercepted a package with millions of dollars. It
was intended for a drug cartel, which is not pleased.