Saturday TV: Jason Isbell Plays a Set

isbellAmericana star Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play five songs from their latest album, “The Nashville Sound,”on  a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings). Also on the bill is his wife, the singer and fiddler Amanda Shires, who had her own new album out last year, “My Piece of Land.” Tonight is her “Austin City Limits” debut.

Rachel Leigh Cook plays a woman who tries to save her bookstore with a public relations stunt involving a suspended hockey star, played by Niall Matter in another new winter romance, “Frozen in Love” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.). [Tonight, I’ll be crashing the Hallmark party at the TV critics winter press tour. More reporting from that event here]. 

It’s Atlanta at Philadelphia (NBC, 4:35 p.m.) in the NFC divisional playoffs, and Tennessee at New England (CBS, 8:15 p.m.) in the AFC divisionals in prime time.

“The Fate of the Furious” (HBO, 8 p.m.), the eighth installment of the Vin Diesel “Fast and Furious” franchise that came out last year, makes its premium cable debut. Also on tonight Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux in “The Girl on the Train” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

The animated “Flushed Away” (ABC, 8 p.m.), with voices by Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet and Ian McKellen, from 2006 gets a broadcast platform.

Tess faces an intruder on “Falling Water” (USA, 10 p.m.).

On “The Vet Life” (Animal Planet 10 p.m.), Dr. Blue opens a clinic in Houston after the hurricane.

Twins seek a gown on “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

“Snapped: Killer Couples” (Oxygen, 6 p.m.) returns for a ninth season.

A night of films about witness protection plans on Turner Classic Movies includes “Bullitt” (8 p.m.), “The Narrow Margin” (10:15 p.m.) and “Murder, Inc.” (midnight). Then it’s blaxploitation with “The Mack” (2 a.m.) and “Superfly” (4 a.m.).

Hockey includes Boston at Montreal (NHL, 1 p.m.) and Detroit at Chicago (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes St. Bonaventure at Rhode Island (ESPNU, 11 a.m.), Georgetown at Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1, noon), Michigan at Michigan State (Fox, noon), Purdue at Minnesota (ESPN2, noon), Kansas State at Kansas (ESPN, noon), La Salle at Duquesne (NBC Sports, 12:30 p.m.), TCU at Oklahoma (ESPNU, 1 p.m.), Florida at Mississippi (CBS, 1 p.m.), Connecticut at Tulane (ESPNews, 1 p.m.), West Virginia at Texas Tech (ESPN, 2 p.m.), Creighton at Xavier (Fox, 2 p.m.), Oregon at Arizona (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), Memphis at Temple (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.), Saint Louis at George Mason (NBC Sports, 2:30 p.m.), Miami at Clemson (ESPNU, 3 p.m.), Baylor at Iowa State (ESPNews, 3 p.m.), Virginia Tech at Louisville (ESPN2 4 p.m.), Kentucky at Vanderbilt (ESPN 4 p.m.), Colorado State at Wyoming (CBS Sports, 4 p.m.), George Washington at Richmond (NBC Sports, 4:30 p.m.), Texas at Oklahoma State (ESPNews, 5 p.m.), North Carolina at Notre Dame (ESPN, 6 p.m.), Missouri at Arkansas (ESPN2, 6 p.m.), Illinois State at Southern Illinois (CBS Sports, 6 p.m.), Cincinnati at South Florida (ESPNews, 7 p.m.), Wichita State at Tulsa (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.), Valparaiso at Northern Iowa (ESPN2, 8 p.m.), Gonzaga at San Francisco (ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.) and San Diego State at Boise State (ESPN2 10 p.m.).

Women’s games include Duquesne at George Washington (CBS Sports, noon).

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) returns with a live show for the first time in a month. Sam Rockwell hosts and Halsey is A 2015 show with Dwayne Johnson and George Ezra is on at 10 p.m.


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