Saturday TV: A New Sports Network Starts

foxSportsESPN gets its first run for its money as Fox Sports 1 takes over the slot where Speed once was.

Though it may be early, the inaugural “Fox College Football Kickoff” (Fox Sports 1, 6 a.m.) kicks off coverage with Erin Andrews, Mike Pereira, Joel Klatt and others analyzing the various conference expectations for two and a half hours.

The big primetime offering, unfortunately, is some Ultimate Fighting Championship (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.) preceded by three and a half hours of preshows starting at 4:30 p.m. Later comes the debut of the nightly “Fox Sports Live” (Fox Sports 1, 11 p.m.) with the comedy duo of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, along with Charissa Thompson, Andy Roddick, Donovan McNabb, Gary Payton and Ephraim Salaam.

Speed channel enthusiasts will still be served with a live NASCAR Sprint Cup practice (8:30 p.m.). and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Seriesat 12:30 p.m.).

The biggest prime time sports event may be on broadcast TV, with the P&G Championships (NBC, 8 p.m.) in women’s gymnastics from Hartford.

“Do No Harm” (NBC, 10 p.m.) ends its ill-fated first season run..

Or maybe you want to hear Meryl Streep sing Abba songs: “Mamma Mia!” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

In one of two original movies on tonight, Kirstie Alley plays an adoption agency owner who starts thinking of ways of making money on “Baby Sellers” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), which also stars Jennifer Finnigan.

“This Magic Moment” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.) concerns a small town video store owner who must choose between his high school sweetheart and a movie star who wants to make her ex jealous. Vinent Spano, Travis Schuldt, Diane Neal and Alaina Huffman star.

Movies on premium channels tonight include “Anna Karenina” (HBO, 7:30 p.m.) with Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

Pens are attacked and cattle scatter on a new “Hell on Wheels” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Elizabeth wants a lavish event for her coronation on “The White Queen” (Starz, 9 p.m.). The series premiere precedes it at 8.

It was a smart series while it lasted, but the original British “Being Human” (BBC America, 10 p.m.) signs off for good.

Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is the latest to say “Iyania: Fix My Life” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

Wallace Beery gets the all day salute today on Turner Classic Movies, starting with a silent movie, “The Last of the Mohicans” (6 a.m.) and continuing with “The Big House” (7:30 a.m.), “The Bad Man of Brimstone” (9 a.m.), “Rationing” (10:45 a.m.), “The Champ” (12:30 p.m.), “Treasure Island” (2:15 p.m.), “Ah, Wilderness!” (4:15 p.m.), “A Date with Judy” (6 p.m.), “Grand Hotel” (8 p.m.), “Dinner at Eight” (10 p.m.), “Min and Bill” (midnight), “China Seas” (3:15 a.m.) and “The Bad Man” (4:45 a.m.).

Alejandro Escovedo plays a replay of “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 9 p.m.).

The Martin Short-hosted “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) repeat with Paul McCartney includes a raft of cameo appearances as well, from Kristin Wiig, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hanks.

 

 

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