TV column for Saturday, Jan. 12


TODAY'S MUST-SEE:
Football, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC; and 8:15 p.m. ET, Fox.

After four-plus
months, this is the final Saturday of the football season. The
college guys are done; after today, the rest of the pro play-offs
will be on Sundays.

Today, the Kansas
City Chiefs (12-4) host the Indianapolis Colts, who were 10-6 and
then had a 21-7 play-off win over Houston. Then the Los Angeles Rams
(13-3) host the Dallas Cowboys, who were 9-7, then edged Seattle,
24-22. Next week, the winners face Sunday's winners for Super Bowl
spots.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Good Doctor,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.

The first rerun
finds a young couple facing a painful choice. It's the second rerun,
however, that is key to the show's return Monday.

Two patients
collapse at the airport. Shaun and Dr. Lim treat them ... and learn
that this is an airborne infection. Soon, the hospital is
quarantined, in a story that will continue at 10 p.m. Monday.

TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE:
“A River Runs Through It” (1992), 5:45 p.m. ET, Turner Classic
Movies.

Many people insist
that some day – maybe after retirement – they'll write a novel.
Norman Maclean actually did it; he was 74, a retired University of
Chicago English prof, when “River” came out. A short novel, it
reflected his own days growing up with his brother, the sons of a
Montana preacher.

Robert Redford, a
fan of Montana fly-fishing, filmed it on location, with Tom Skerritt
as the dad and Craig Sheffer as one of the sons. The other son was a
breakthrough role for Brad Pitt, then a Redford-looking guy who had
mostly been doing TV, plus “Thelma & Louise.”

TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE
II: “RBG” (2018), 8 p.m. ET, CNN (barring breaking news).

On Friday a scripted
movie (“On the Basis of Sex”) reached many theaters, portraying
the fascinating life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here's the documentary,
a good one, that also tells the story.

Even with a Columbia
University law degree, Ginsburg couldn't get a job with a New York
firm. She retreated to academia, then did volunteer work for the
ACLU, winning key women's-right cases before the Supreme Court. Now,
at 85, she's in her 25th year on the Court.

Other choices
include:

More movies, early.
Redford's film is one of several excellent ones that get an early
start today. At 5:10 p.m., the Disney Channel has the gorgeous
“Moana” (2015). At 5:25, VH1 has the Oscar-winning “Titanic.”
(1997). At 5:35, HBO has Steven Spielberg's high-octane “Ready
Player One” (2018). And at 6, it's “The Notebook” (2004) on E
(repeating at 9) and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015) on Syfy.

“America's Got
Talent: The Champions,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of Monday's
opener, with 10 previous contestants, some from other editions of the
show worldwide. Two of them will advance.

“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun finds Hetty being tortured in Vietnam. After Eric and
Nell find a clue to her whereabouts, a rescue mission is formed,
using scant information.

“The Incredible
Dr. Pol,” 9 and 10 p.m. ET, NatGeo Wild. A new season starts for
this folksy show about Dr. Jan Pol, 76, a Dutch-born vet in rural
Michigan. Counting reruns, this goes from noon to 3 a.m. ET. The new
hours, NatGeo says, will range from bull-wrangling to constipated
cats.

“A Million Little
Things,” 10 p.m., ABC. This show returns to new episodes on
Thursday, its new night. First, here's a rerun of its previous hour,
set a Christmas time.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 10 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of an episode from a year ago,
with Will Ferrell hosting and Chris Stapleton as music guest. Another
rerun is planned for 11:29 p.m., with new episodes returning a week
later.