NEW YORK - JANUARY 26: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the premiere of "Temple Grandin" at the Time Warner Screening Room on January 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hayden Panettiere
Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and build yourself a log cabin. LET’S GO!
AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY – 9:00PM (Lifetime) Poor murder. It’s always on trial these days. Anyway, this Lifetime flick stars former "Hero" Hayden Panettiere as the American abroad student charged with murdering her British roommate in Italy. The real Amanda Knox is still in an Italian jail, convicted of the murder but appealing the verdict. This movie has already been pilloried by many (including Knox’s family) as tasteless, inaccurate, and overly sensationalized. I can’t wait to watch it. ANTICIPATION: TACKY!
WORLD’S DEADLIEST TOWNS – 8:00PM (Animal Planet) This new Animal Planet show profiles towns across the globe where animals pose a threat to civilians. First up: a village in India that has to deal with stampeding elephants. Then, at 9pm, hippos threaten a Zambian town where people practice witchcraft and sorcery. Now THAT is a great SyFy Saturday night Z-movie idea right there. “Witches Vs. Hippos”. Starring Heavy D as the hippo, and Lisa Lisa as the witch who must save her town from its hungry, hungry jaws. ANTICIPATION: WITCHES VS. HIPPOS!
CHUCK – 8:00PM (NBC) Robin Givens guest stars tonight. Oh, Robin Givens. You sultry seductress you. How you got your career and Halle Berry got hers is a mystery we shall never know. I’ll take Robin over Halle any day of the week, I will! I even liked her on “Head of the Class,” and no one liked that show. ANTICIPATION: GIVENS!
PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD: THE BILL CLINTON PHENOMENON – 10:00PM (MSNBC) For President’s Day, Chris Matthews hosts this hourlong special about the ex-President. And given the title of the special, I think you can assume this special will be totally even-handed and not at all biased in any way! Matthews follows Clinton around the globe (does he carry his bags?) and sits down for an interview with him in Ireland. He also interviews Clinton’s friends, like Tony Blair and Kevin Spacey. It’s a veritable Clintonpalooza. ANTICIPATION: CLINTON!
BET HONORS – 9:00PM (BET) We’re smack dab in the middle of award season. So there’s no reason BET can’t hold this special tribute ceremony honoring famous people for being really famous. Gabrielle Union is your host (Why not Robin Givens? BLACKBALLED!), and honorees include Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, and Charles Grodin. Just kidding about Grodin. ANTICIPATION: HONORARY!