The Week in DVR: 30 Rock Returns! Plus, Early Coen Brothers, Vampires, Jennifer Aniston, and Very Cute Dogs

Monday: From Dusk Till Dawn
Now that vampires have taken over the pop culture universe, it might be time to revisit the glorious insanity that is From Dusk Till Dawn. Written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by his longtime friend Robert Rodriguez, the film splits nicely into two halves: the first deals with the Gecko brothers (George Clooney and, in a hilarious bit of miscasting, Mr. Tarantino himself) and their murderous road trip to the Mexican border. And then the second deals with vampires. Of course none of it makes a whole lot of sense—seriously, why vampires at all?—but thanks to some of Mr. Tarantino’s best dialogue it doesn’t matter all that much. Just don’t expect to see any vampires as good looking as Edward Cullen. [The Movie Channel, 8 p.m.]

Tuesday: Marley & Me
Get out the Kleenex! With nearly $145 million in domestic grosses, it’s clear that moviegoers shed many tears thanks to this weepy, blonde-highlighted adaptation of John Grogan’s bestseller last Christmas. We’re not here to rain on that parade—after all the dogs are almost as cute as Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston—but rather to marvel at the fact that something so mainstream was co-written for the screen by Don Roos and Scott Frank, the men behind The Opposite of Sex and Out of Sight, respectively. We guess you have to pay the bills somehow, right fellas? [HBO, 9 p.m.]

Wednesday: Miller’s Crossing
The Coen Brothers’ Prohibition-era gangland epic doesn’t have the awards pedigree that Fargo or No Country for Old Men might (staggeringly, it garnered zero nominations back in 1990), but we’ll still go ahead and call Miller’s Crossing their best movie. From the rat-tat-tat script to the impeccable cast (career-best performances from Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden and John Turturro) to Carter Burwell’s hauntingly authentic score, Miller’s Crossing doesn’t let go until the finale. And it actually has a finale! Not that we’re still bitter about No Country for Old Men or anything… [Fox Movie Channel, 8 p.m.]

Thursday: 30 Rock
Does anyone remember laughter? Yes, actually. A funny thing happened in the time that 30 Rock has been off the air between seasons three and four: sitcoms got good again! From Community to Parks & Recreation to Modern Family (though we’re still not sure what everyone sees in this one [Editor’s note: we see that it is awesome], it seems like the grasp that Tina Fey’s baby has on the title of “television’s funniest comedy” is under fire. Don’t be too concerned though. With—among other season premiere subplots—Jenna (Jane Krakowski) getting an “image makeover” and Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) leading a page strike, we’re sure 30 Rock will leave us lizzing. [NBC, 9:30 p.m.]

Friday: Ugly Betty
As if you needed more proof that Friday night is where television shows go to die, allow us to introduce you to Southland, which NBC canceled last week before it even aired. Ouch. With that said, we wouldn’t get too attached to Ugly Betty. The series, formerly a hit, switches to Friday nights this season and gives Betty a new look (no braces!). Moves like those are usually steps one and two in the path to cancelation, but maybe Betty will break the trend. Nah, probably not. [ABC, 8 p.m.]

The Week in DVR: 30 Rock Returns! Plus, Early Coen Brothers, Vampires, Jennifer Aniston, and Very Cute Dogs