The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
As both star and director, Ben Stiller takes on a mighty challenge -- and succeeds in a very entertaining way -- with this 2013 update of James Thurber's story, also the source of a Danny Kaye screen classic, about a milquetoast who's an adventurous hero in his own mind. The modern Mitty's fantasy life meshes with his real one when a quest takes him to such locales as Iceland and Afghanistan. Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and (as Mitty's mother) Shirley MacLaine co-star.
Well, this is awkward. The NCIS team's current murder investigation uncovers a link between the victim, who was a Marine, and the man who's dating Diane Sterling (guest star Melinda McGraw). She happens to be the ex-wife of both Gibbs and FBI agent T.C. Fornell (Mark Harmon, Joe Spano) ... thus, the "awkward" part. Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) adjusts to her new position on Gibbs' team in "Devil's Triad."
Olivia (Andie MacDowell) is surprised by Rebecca's (guest star Cindy Busby) reluctance to accept a deal that could save the young assistant district attorney's career in the new episode "Secrets and Lies." Meanwhile, Jack (Dylan Neal) battles a bad case of writer's block as he works on his first article for the Seattle Courier, and Grace (Teryl Rothery) feels threatened by Cliff's (Sebastian Spence) beautiful ranch hand, Alex (guest star Rebecca Marshall).
Makenzie Vega ("The Good Wife") stars in this 2014 TV movie premiere as a cheerleader who is forced to fight for justice after members of the high-school football team sexually assault her. After she overcomes her initial shame, she's able to use evidence from the social media firestorm that ensues to piece together the events of that night, which she has trouble remembering. Khandi Alexander, Malik Yoba, Gary Weeks and Amy Bruckner also star.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The new Ken Burns miniseries concludes its seven-part run with "A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)," focusing largely on Eleanor Roosevelt (voice of Meryl Streep) after husband Franklin's (voice of Edward Herrmann) health erodes rapidly during his fourth presidential term. Eleanor proves a vastly impressive stateswoman for America, taking up such causes as civil rights and the United Nations ... and earning the unofficial title "First Lady of the World."
Perfect on Paper
An idealistic young book editor (Lindsay Hartley, "All My Children") searches for Mr. Right while working with a high-maintenance author (Morgan Fairchild) on her latest romance epic. The fractious diva's demands constantly have her editor struggling to maintain her integrity, but on a happier note, she meets two very diverse romantic candidates who teach her that the best choice in love isn't always the one who looks "perfect on paper." Drew Fuller also stars in this TV movie premiere.
On the Run Tour: Beyonc� and Jay Z
Taped earlier this month in Paris, this new concert special follows the married artists as they perform during their first collaborative tour. The program includes more than 40 songs performed by the couple together and individually.
Written by Paddy Chayefsky, this 1976 film tells the story of Howard Beale (Peter Finch), an aging news anchor who goes over the edge and lashes out at his network. Faye Dunaway is terrifying as Beale's spiritually bankrupt colleague. The movie's premise is no longer shocking -- today, few would blink at a show combining news and psychic predictions -- but the film's vicious exuberance is still a pleasure. Chayevsky, Dunaway and Finch all won Oscars for their work.
The circumstances surrounding the 2012 murder of a Weight Watchers executive are examined by Troy Roberts in "A Raging Son." The body of Danielle Thomas was found in a bathtub, with ice bags used in an apparent effort to preserve it. Her live-in boyfriend, a Wall Street attorney, was arrested and charged -- but his lawyer linked his alleged actions to trauma caused by his having been abused, neglected and ultimately abandoned by his mother.