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SNL features newly rehashed

February 20, 2011

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Every year brings a new chance for NBC to broadcast a sweeps month collection of “Saturday Night Live” clips. And every year brings a new theme or creative hook, like politics, The Women of “SNL” or 2009’s “Saturday Night Live Just Commercials” (7 p.m., NBC).

“Saturday Night Live Backstage” (8 p.m., NBC) is supposed to offer “behind-the-scenes” revelations, but I couldn’t help thinking I’d heard all of these stories before about clips I’d seen a dozen times or more. But who cares? These are always fun.

Among the many highlights are interviews with former cast members who didn’t quite make it on “SNL” but who went on to later success, including Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock. We also hear about the unhappy stints of Damon Wayans and Larry David, but they don’t appear.

Like any show that’s been on for going on 40 years, we hear a lot of rehashing of ancient history. Just why was Norm MacDonald fired again? What was its most controversial moment? Along the way, catch a baby-faced Tom Hanks when he first hosted the show. He barely seems out of high school. Or off the set of “Big.”

• Matthew Macfadyen resumes the role of Logan in the rewarding “Masterpiece Classic” (8 p.m., PBS, part 2 of 3) presentation of “Any Human Heart.” Recruited by friend and spymaster Ian Fleming, Logan is sent to keep track of the problematic former king and his American wife, now known as the duke and duchess of Windsor (Tom Hollander and Gillian Anderson). While not on screen for long, Anderson (“X-files,” “Bleak House”) really has a great time playing the former Wallis Simpson, a woman who turns from coquette to viper on a moment’s notice.

• “Amazing Race” (7 p.m., CBS) enters its 18th season with a cast of 11 teams from former competition, each out to win the prize they were denied the first time. The show’s always spectacular scenery and impressive production values will be enhanced by high definition. Phil Keoghan hosts.

• Airing over two nights, “Secret Service Files” (7 p.m., National Geographic, concluding Monday) looks at the agency’s duties, both celebrated and lesser-known, like protecting the economy and safeguarding the currency.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): Interviews with Sen. Scott Brown, R.-Mass., and actor Colin Firth; a report from Tunisia.

• A filmmaker follows a missing tiger for two years on “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

• “Snapped” (8 p.m., Oxygen) enters its ninth season of irrational behavior.

• Barb holds her ground on “Big Love” (8 p.m., HBO)

• Production on the pilot concludes on the season finale of “Episodes” (8:30 p.m., Showtime).

• An old nemesis returns on “CSI: Miami” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Nora feels conflicted about Brody (Beau Bridges) on “Brothers and Sisters” (9 p.m., ABC).

Cult choice

Viewers can choose between two 1976 shockers about misfits: “Taxi Driver” (7 p.m., AMC) and “Carrie” (7:45 p.m., IFC). Quite the bicentennial double feature!

Comments

Kontum1972 3 years, 10 months ago

sa turd-day night live is pretty bogus now.....i use to watch every saturday night....now i dont bother....not funny..!

even the musical guests suck...

ditch the new show and just show the old ones....with Chevy, Danny, Gilda, Bill, John, Chris, Larrane, Jane.....this new cast stinks...really bad...

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