Connick Jr. good choice for ‘Proof’

SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2008

Tonight’s must-see

“Living Proof,” 9-11 p.m., Lifetime; reruns at 8 p.m. Sunday. For 16 years, Dr. Dennis Slamon kept his research alive. Bucking trends, he developed a drug that can help one-fourth of all breast cancer patients.

Harry Connick Jr. gives a passionate performance as Slamon. The film has strong actresses (Tammy Blanchard, Bernadette Peters, etc.) as his patients and adds humor with Amanda Bynes as an aide.

Yes, humor. Through waves of tragedy, “Living Proof” becomes a feel-good movie.

Other choices include

“America’s Toughest Jobs,” 8 p.m., NBC. This show is fond of Alaska, sending its people there to drive a truck and mine for gold. Now the five remaining contestants return to learn search-and-rescue work.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. Investigating a break-in, Stabler finds that his daughter is a prime suspect.

“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Josh Brolin hosts, with music by Adele.

Sunday’s might-see:

“Mad Men,” 10 p.m., AMC. Only a week away from its season finale, this Emmy-winning drama has been throwing its characters into chaos.

Don Draper has been restless ever since his wife threw him out. Last week, he took an underling’s place on a Halloween trip – then spent most of the time on a tryst with someone half his age. Tonight he meets an old friend.

Meanwhile, Pete has been wobbling lately. Tonight, that affects a major deal; also, Joan introduces her fiance.

Sunday’s might-see II

“The Simpsons,” 7-8:30 p.m., Fox. We’re two weeks away from “Treehouse of Horror,” an annual highlight. First, here’s a 7:30 p.m. rerun of a previous one, with takeoffs of “E.T.,” “Seven” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”

Before that, the 7 p.m. rerun has Marge and Lisa in ballet school. At 8 is a new episode, with Bart trading places with a rich kid who looks like him.

Other choices include

“Desperate Housewives,” 9 p.m., ABC. Everyone seems jealous of Bree’s business success. Lynette – a rising executive when this series started – offers unwanted advice.

Mike Hughes covers television for the Lansing State (Mich.) Journal and Gannett News Service. Reach him at mhughes@lsj.com.


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