TV column for Saturday, Jan. 13


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.

Sam Rockwell hosts,
six days after a big night at the Golden Globes. He was named best
supporting actor, in the terrific “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri” ... which also won for best drama movie, actress (Frances
McDormand) and script (Martin McDonagh, who also directed).

And yes, Rockwell
does comedy; in his breakthrough role, he played an offbeat version
of Chuck Barris, working as a spy. Now it's his first turn as host;
Halsey has her first time as music guest.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
II: Football, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC; 8:15 p.m., CBS.

After getting a week
off, the two conference leaders start their title push.

The Eagles host the
Falcons ... who controlled the ball most of the time in last week's
win over the Rams. Then the Patriots host the Titans, who came from a
21-3 halftime deficit to upset the Chiefs, 22-21. The winners will
face Sunday's winners, for spots in the Super Bowl.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Flushed Away” (2006), 8-10 p.m., ABC.

Ever since Charles
Dickens' time, the British have been good at culture clashes and at
instant changes of status: So here's another: An upscale mouse gets
flushed down the drain; scrambling to get home, he must link with a
sewer rat.

Yes, that's
animated. Lots of classy British and Australian actors -- Kate
Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, David Suchet, Bill Nighy --
provide the voices.

Other choices
include:

More animation, all
day. Freeform starts this with the clever “Cars” films at 12:05
(2006) and 2:40 p.m. (2011). It follows with “Hercules” (1997) at
5:10, the lovely “Up” (2009) at 7:15 and “Ratatouille” (2007)
-- yes, another rat with high aspirations -- at 9:25. Disney has the
“Tangled” movie (2010) at 7 and 9:35 p.m., sandwiching the series
at 8:40. FX has “Book of Life” (2014) at 2, “Hotel
Transylvania“ (2015) at 4, “Despicable Me” (2013) at 6 and
“Minions” (2015) at 8 and 10.

“The Four,” 8-10
p.m., ABC. Here's a quick rerun of Thursday's episode, the second in
a six-week run.

“Will &
Grace,” 8 p.m., NBC. Nick Offerman – whose wife (Megan Mullaly)
co-stars – plays a charismatic guy who stirs lust from both Will
and Grace. Also in this rerun, Karen (Mullaly) and Jack seek medical
help, after a commercial jingle is stuck in their heads.

“Bullitt”
(1968), 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies. Some people remember this for
Steve McQueen's work as the consummate loner cop. Others remember it
for one of the first of the great car chases.

“Superstore,”
8:30 p.m., NBC. It's time for crackdowns, in this rerun: Dina asks
Cheyene for help in policing social-media accounts, after a video
goes Online. Also, Glenn suspects Mateo of fraud.

Movies, 9 p.m.,
cable. On the heavy side is Showtime's “The Girl on the Train”
(2016). On the light side, Hallmark's new “Frozen in Love” has
two strangers needing image makeovers.

“The Vet Life”
season-opener, 10 p.m., Animal Planet. This series about Texas
veterinarians was nudged in serious directions by Hurricane Harvey.
Tonight, the vets deal with the effects on animals.