TV Weekend: ‘Good Wife,’ Louis CK gets back to ‘SNL’

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TV Weekend: ‘Good Wife,’ Louis CK gets back to ‘SNL’

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by tommyj

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OK, now they have our attention. After years of quietly creating deep drama, “Good Wife” jolted viewers last week by killing its second-best character (Will Gardner) in a courthouse shooting.

Josh Charles had wanted to leave, but no one expected anything so final. Now come the aftershocks: For Alicia, Will was both a great friend and an imposing enemy; for Diane, he was co-head of the law firm.

11:29 p.m. today, NBC.

Louis CK returns as host, which has to be good news. His previous turn was excellent, including one bit — Abraham Lincoln in a bar, with a freed (and disgruntled) slave – that’s a classic. That was 16 months ago, when CK had suspended his brilliant cable show (“Louie”) and would go on to do some movies (“American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine”). “Louie” will finally return May 5; first, CK – who used to help write the “TV Funhouse” bits for “SNL” – is back as host, with Sam Smith as music guest.

season-opener,

9-11 p.m. Sunday, PBS.

People change, this classy “Masterpiece” series says … especially when you jump ahead five years. Agnes was a quiet clerk, sometimes working with Henri, the charming store designer; now she’s back from Paris with a promotion, he’s back from New York in despair. Harry, the store owner, had been ruining his life with affairs; now he seems reformed. His personnel director has three pre-schoolers and no sleep; their best customer has a nasty husband who just returned. There’s much more, including the impending World War I; the stories are fairly good and the settings are elegant.

Two doubleheaders will decide next week’s final four in the NCAA tournament. Today, that’s 6 and 8:30 p.m. on TBS; on Sunday, it’s 2 and 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

• 8 p.m., CBS. In a funny rerun, the women take office temp jobs.

• 9 p.m., Starz; reruns at 10 and 11 p.m. Last week’s terrific season-opener (rerunning at 8 p.m.) ended with the mob at the palace gate and with Lucrezia and Zoroaster plunging into the sea, chained together. Don’t despair; there are clever people here, in another superb hour.

• 9 p.m., ABC. Two enemies – a sheriff and a federal agent – link to find Caleb, who fled.

• 10 p.m., NBC. Some kids make an escape attempt and another parent is sent on a dangerous mission. Rammel Chan of DeWitt, who had some good moments in the first two episodes as a brainy student, isn’t listed in the next few; he is listed for the ninth and 10th episodes, in May.

Mike Hughes writes about television for TV America. His column appears Monday through Saturday.

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