NBC (Monday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m. ET)
Here’s another odd plot, but one that—oddly—almost works. During a Mah-Jongg game five L.A. women—Loretta Swit, Sandy Dennis, Valerie Harper, Jessica Walter and Barbara Barrie—happen to see on TV the Nazi doctor who raped and tortured them in a concentration camp 40 years before. Together, they plot to kill the “Beast of Birkenau,” now working as a restaurateur (played by Rip Torn). Concentration camps are not exactly the sort of subject matter you wish TV would exploit for movies of the week. But the script and the cast are just low-key enough to keep the movie inside the bounds of taste. The Execution even comes near to grappling with an interesting ethical question: whether murder—even that of a mass murderer—always deserves punishment. With a last-minute twist, though, the movie escapes the question. Too bad.