Private Screenings: Child Stars
TCM, 6:30 p.m.
Host Robert Osborne chats with four ex-child actors - Jane Withers, Margaret O'Brien, Dickie Moore and Darryl Hickman - who were huge stars in the thirties and forties. In turn, each one talks about the pitfalls of the old studio system, wherein young talents were indentured to whichever studio held their contract, and working with Hollywood legends such as Gene Tierney and Wallace Beery.
Law & Order
NBC, 8 p.m.
Toronto-born Samantha Bee, best known for her comic bits on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, handles herself nicely in a dramatic role on tonight's episode. The story opens with detectives Lupo and Bernard (Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson) digging into the brutal murder of a freelance journalist found in an abandoned apartment. The investigation reveals the victim had a romantic relationship with the popular daytime talk-show host Vanessa Carville, played by Bee.
CBS, CTV, 9 p.m.
In a slight departure, tonight's episode is structured around support character district attorney Manuel Devalos, played by veteran character actor Miguel Sandoval ( Get Shorty). The story opens with Devalos grieving on the anniversary of his teen daughter's suicide. His mood doesn't improve when soccer-mom psychic Allison (Patricia Arquette) begins having dreams suggesting the girl's true reasons for her actions.
Sex, Drugs and Middle Age
CBC News Network, 10 p.m.
Required viewing for anyone on the far side of 40, this documentary explores the effects of menopause on both sexes. In a lighthearted tone, the film focuses first on male menopause, more commonly known as "andropause," and the ongoing attempt to pump up the male libido with Viagra and other drugs. The program interviews former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, among other experts.
YTV, 7 p.m.
Offbeat and clever, this new Canadian animated series has already caused a buzz. The central character is a 14-year-old skateboard dude named Zeke, who owns an electronic gizmo that brings anything he draws to life; it's also a GPS, MP3 player and mobile phone. Of course every episode involves Zeke drawing something he thinks will be cool, but isn't. The nicely animated series is already popular in Australia, Germany and the Middle East.
Where the Truth Lies
CITY-TV, 9 p.m.
Canadian director Atom Egoyan put his unique spin on the murder-mystery genre in this 2005 feature. The story focuses on the fictional fifties comedy team of Morris and Collins, played by Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth, whose showbiz career came to a crashing halt when the dead body of a young woman was found in their hotel room. Both men had airtight alibis. Fifteen years later, a young journalist (Alison Lohman) digs up the real story.
John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show
Comedy Network, 10 p.m.
Pithy Englishman John Oliver ( The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), welcomes some of the best comedians in the business in this six-part series. The lineup includes such name performers as Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn and Mary Lynn Rajskub, better known as the computer whiz Chloe on 24. Oliver also steps into the stand-up spotlight and in the first show he discusses his affection for America, life in Australia and the downside of voting while under the influence.
History, 11:30 p.m.
This nifty series profiles prolific criminal minds from the case files. Tonight's episode covers the illustrious career of Ottawa-born bank robber Paddy Mitchell, who landed on the FBI's most-wanted list in the seventies. Police dubbed the personable Paddy's crew the Stopwatch Gang, because they never took more than 90 seconds to pull a heist.
Global News, 6:30 p.m.
Reporter Mary Garofalo provides a report on the sad existence of former Canadian Olympic boxer Shawn O'Sullivan. Since winning a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Games, O'Sullivan's life has taken a steady downward trajectory. Plagued with health problems, O'Sullivan has been forced to take a variety of menial jobs and is divorced and estranged from his five children.
Ian Tyson: Songs from the Gravel Road
Bravo!, 8 p.m.
The career of Canadian music legend Ian Tyson is lovingly covered in this well-made profile. Now 76, the native of Victoria takes viewers through the early years of his career and his long-time partnership with ex-wife Sylvia Tyson. Stepping outside the music field, the program reveals Tyson's forays into ranching and horse breeding, and includes interviews with his old friends Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and David Wilcox.
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards
NBC, CTV, 8 p.m.
The Hollywood glitz season shifts into high gear with this annual awards show. Broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, the three-hour broadcast will hand out trophies to celebrate outstanding achievement in the fields of television and film and will include a tribute to director Martin Scorsese. The watch factor this year will be the presence of Brit Ricky Gervais as first-time host. He's a cheeky monkey, and not apt to hold back his opinions of the celebrities in the crowd. Watch out, Steve Carell.