On Saturday: ‘SNL’ Reaches 43rd Season

snl-gosling-premiere-picThe 43rd season of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) premieres, with Ryan Gosling hosting and Jay-Z as musical guest.

“Versailles” (Ovation, 10 p.m.) begins its second season. The cast takes on a slightly different look as well. With the departures last season of Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata, three new cast members will join: Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd and Luke Null.

The 30th season premiere of “48 Hours” (CBS, 9 p.m.) looks at the fallout of the O.J. Simpson trail and his prospects now that he’s being paroled.

“Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.) begins its fourth season trying to help a black Lab who has swallowed a topic metal.

Bryan Cranston and James Franco star in the comedy “Why Him?” (HBO, 8 p.m.), making its premium cable premiere.

Another father and daughter’s boyfriend film, “All Nighter” (Starz, 8 p.m.), with Emile Hirsch and J.K. Simmons, makes its premiers.

Prime time college football has Clemson at Virginia Tech (ABC, 8 p.m.) and Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (Fox, 8 p.m.).

Joe and Gordon discuss Comet’s future on a new “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Buddy’s mom died, so the season premiere of “Cake Boss” (TLC, 8 p.m.) is a tribute to Mary Valastro.

A new standup comedy special, “Felipe Esparza: Translate This” (HBO, 10 p.m.) originates from the San Jose Improv.

“My Big Fat Pet Makeover” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) is actually about getting dogs to lose weight.

A widowed mother returns to the family pear farm in Washington state, only to fall for the man who’s been managing it in the ade for TV romance “Harvest Love” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

Same week reruns come for both “Will & Grace” (NBC, 8 p.m.) and “Superstore” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).

Turk can’t rid himself of his paranoia on a new “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

A clue is coughed up in a shooting death 20 years after the fact on “Swamp Murders” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

The movie “Reservoir Dogs” is cited as an influence on “CopyCat Killers” (Reelz, 10 p.m.).

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Ogden, Utah.

“Cold Justice” (Oxygen, 8 p.m.) looks into a 1991 shooting in Flint, Mich.

Things look bad on Turner Classic Movies tonight: “The Bad and the Beautiful” (8 p..m), “Born to Be Bad” (10:15 p.m.) and “So Young, So Bad” (midnight). Later comes the David Lynch classic “Eraserhead” (TCM, 2 a.m.) and at 4 a.m., three of his even earlier shorts: “The Grandmother,” “The Amputee Version 2” and “The Amputee Version 1.” 

Baseball includes Houston at Boston (Fox, 1 p.m.), Milwaukee at St. Louis (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.) and Oakland at Texas (MLB, 8 p.m.).

College football begins at noon with Northwestern at Wisconsin (ABC), Vanderbilt at Florida (ESPN), North Carolina at Georgia Tech (ESPN2), Houston at Temple (ESPNU), Maryland at Minnesota (Fox Sports 1) and South Florida at East Carolina (CBS Sports)

Games at 3:30 p.m. include Georgia at Tennessee (CBS), Florida State at Wake Forest (ABC), Baylor at Kansas State (ESPN2), Navy at Tulsa (ESPNU) and UTEP at Army (CBS Sports).

Then comes Iowa at Michigan State (Fox, 4 p.m.), Connecticut at SMU (ESPNews, 4 p.m.), Miami, Ohio at Notre Dame (NBC Sports,5 p.m.), Mississippi State at Auburn (ESPN, 6 p.m.), Memphis at Central Florida (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Troy at LSU (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Air Force at New Mexico (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Ole Miss at Alabama (ESPN, 9 p.m.), Northern Illinois at San Diego State (CBS Sports, 10:30 p.m.), Colorado at UCLA (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.), San Jose State at UNLV (ESPNU, 10:30 p.m.) and California at Oregon (Fox Sports 1, 10:30 p.m.).

Paul Simon plays the full hour on “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings) in a performance from 2016.


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