TV column for Saturday, Nov. 10


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Southside With You” (2016), 8-11 p.m., BET.

Lawyers in love? It
happens sometimes, as this true story reminds us.

He was 28, a Harvard
law student interning in Chicago; she was 25 and his supervisor. She
resisted his attempts to date her, then went along for a long,
rambling day. There was a community meeting, a Spike Lee movie and a
kiss outside an ice cream place. Three years later, they married; 16
years after that, he became president. Parker Sawyers and Tika
Sumpter are the Obamas in a solid, subtle film.

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

Pauley Perrette's
long run was impressive. On dramas, apparently, only seven actors (in
“Gunsmoke” and the “Law & Order” shows) have exceeded her
15 seasons; only 11 (those seven plus ones from “Dallas” and
“Bonanza”) topped her 354 episodes.

So her departure
drew lots of attention; this will be the fourth time CBS ran her
finale. Abby and an NCIS colleague have been shot. This seemed to be
vengeance for a case she solved; now we flash back through the
possibilities, while she drifts near death.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “It's Christmas, Eve,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark.

Christmas and
country music seem to fit together. Next Saturday's movie has Kellie
Pickler; this one has LeAnn Rimes, who had her first No. 1 country
album 22 years ago, when she was 13.

Rimes plays an
interim school superintendent who has to trim the budget. A prime
spot to cut is the music program; as luck would have it, her handsome
neighbor is a music teacher.

Other choices
include:

Football, all day.
Two of the top-ranked teams reach primetime. Notre Dame (No. 3) hosts
Florida State at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC; Clemson (No. 2) visits Boston
(No. 17) at 8 p.m. on ABC. Also at 7:30, Texas (No. 19) visits Texas
Tech. There are more big games, all day. At noon, Fox has Ohio State
(No. 10) at Michigan State (No. 18); at 3:30, CBS has Alabama (No. 1)
hosting Mississippi (No. 16).

“Rocky” (1976),
noon, Paramount. Here's most of the series -- “Rocky II” (1979)
at 3 p.m.; skipping one to “Rocky IV” (1985) at 6; and “Creed”
at 8. “Creed II” will reach theaters on Nov. 21.

“The Great Escape”
(1963), 1:30 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This Veterans Day
weekend is filled with military movies. “Escape,” a Steve McQueen
classic, is followed by the splendid (if slow-paced) “Bridge of the
River Kwai” (1957) at 5, with Bataan movies at 8 (1943) and 10 p.m.
(1945).

“Frozen” (2013),
7:44 p.m., Starz. After lots of turns on ABC, Disney and Freeform,
this visually and musically gorgeous animated film is on Starz.

“Sully” (2016),
8 p.m., TNT. This quietly involving film has Tom Hanks as pilot
Chesley Sullenberger. It's the mid-section of three excellent,
true-life movies. Steven Spielberg directed Hanks in “Bridge of
Spies”(2015) at 5 p.m.; Clint Eastwood directed Bradley Copper in
“American Sniper” (2014) at 10.
“FBI,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, eight people have been fatally poisoned in a New York deli.
Bell and Zidan (Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki) must figure out which
one was the actual target.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) hosts,
with Lil Wayne as music guest. And sketches? “SNL” savors any
chance to have Kate McKinnon play Jeff Sessions.