"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., TCM (1977)
Richard Dreyfuss stars in this Steven Spielberg classic as a man who feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness after he has an encounter with UFOs.
"Blade Runner" 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Encore (1982)
Deckard (Harrison Ford), a blade runner, has to track down and terminate four replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.
"Water for Elephants" 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. HBO (2011)
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson star in this adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name. Pattinson plays a veterinary student who abandons his studies and joins a traveling circus as their vet. Witherspoon plays the alluring performer who catches his eye.
"A Special Edition of 20/20" 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., ABC (New)
An exploratory ride down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, an iconic 22-mile road that has hosted the wildly gifted and tragically desperate, many of whom failed to find a Hollywood ending to their stories.
"Alien Tornado" 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Syfy (New)
We just can't resist pointing out these original TV movies on this network. In this one, aliens attack Earth with deadly electrical tornadoes. Only a farmer, his high-school-age daughter and a tornado blogger (is there such a thing?) can thwart the invasion.
"The Firm" 8 p.m., NBC (New)
Mitch makes a deal with Kevin Stack to keep Abby safe and Abby tries to manipulate her captors in a bid to escape.
— Laura King
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