“Get Shorty” is adapted for television, with only the faintest hints of the Elmore Leonard novel that spawned it. And the Smithsonian Channel remembers Princess Diana by venturing inside Windsor Castle.
What’s on TV
GET SHORTY 10 p.m. on Epix. A minor Nevada mobster (Chris O’Dowd) travels to Los Angeles on a collection assignment and is bitten by the movie bug in this new comedy, based in part on the Elmore Leonard novel. That “in part” is key: This is a different story with different characters from those in the 1995 movie starring John Travolta and Gene Hackman. But “what matters is that the overall concept and the tone are very much in the spirit of the earlier incarnations,” Neil Genzlinger wrote in The New York Times, adding: “Mr. O’Dowd is a delight as we watch Miles get sucked into the hell that Hollywood can be. And the series made an inspired choice by casting Ray Romano as Rick, a failing producer whose help Miles seeks. The two, Droll and Droller, pair deliciously.”
ELIZABETH (1998) 3:05 p.m. on Starz Cinema. Cate Blanchett earned an Oscar nomination playing Queen Elizabeth I as a stressed-out, modern-minded woman, intent on having it all while religious conflicts and scheming advisers rage around her. She nabbed a second one for “ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE” (2007), at 5:15, as the Virgin Queen, now in her 50s, intent on bringing the Spanish Empire to its knees. Clive Owen is Walter Raleigh, “the queen’s favorite smoldering slab of man meat,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The Times, calling Shekhar Kapur’s film “an overripe melodrama that’s by turns a bodice-ripper, a cloak-and-dagger thriller and a serious-minded historical drama with dubious contemporary overtones.”
INSIDE WINDSOR CASTLE 8 p.m. on Smithsonian. As part of its 20th-anniversary remembrance of the death of Princess Diana, the channel ventures inside the world’s longest-occupied castle, starting in 1992, when a fire raged through that fortress on the 45th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, resulting in a public backlash over who should pay for the…