Saturday TV: Independent Spirit Awards

independent-spirit-awardsOne of the best things about Oscar weekend is the awards show for indie film the day before. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host the Film Independent Independent Spirit Awards (IFC, 5 p.m.)  “Call Me By Your Name” leads with six nominations; “Get Out” has five.

Other best feature nominees include “Lady Bird,” “The Florida Project” and “The Rider.” For the past four years, the winner here has gone on to win best picture Oscar the next day. It’s repeated at 10 p.m.

The season is so busy there’s a competing awards show: the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2018 (OWN, 10 p.m.).

On “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” (BBC America, 9 p.m.), David Attenborough examines the impact of humans on the oceans.

It’s a different set of winter games dominating prime time. One is one of those outdoor winter games on the ice from the Navy Stadium in Annapolis with Washington vs. Toronto (NBC, 8 p.m.).

NBA has Boston at Houston (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

The 25th season kicks off for “Top Gear” (BBC America, 10:30 p.m.) with Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid taking a trip across the West.

On the made-for-TV “Bad Tutor” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) Vanessa Marcil plays a mother who makes a bad hire to help her daughter study.

“Alien: Covenant” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut.

A couple decides on a dog on “Pit Bulls and Parolees” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.).

Dr. Blue gets a wedding vow renewal on “The Vet Life” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

A teenager who was raised by someone who kidnapped her at birth is helped on “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

Barbara Corcoran of “Shark Tank” goes shopping for her wedding on “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

On “Falling Water” (USA, 10 p.m.), the team sets up a sting to catch Taylor Bennett and her buyer.

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) looks for paranormal activity at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City. “The Dead Files” (Travel, 10 p.m.) goes to the Arizona desert.

Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar comes to an end with its final batch of best picture winners and nominees, with “Captain Blood” (7:15 a.m.), “Ivanhoe” (9:30 a.m.), “Mutiny on the Bounty” (11:30 a.m.), “The Music Man” (2:45 p.m.), “The Yearling” (5:30 p.m.), “Ghandi” (8 p.m.), “Braveheart” (11:30 p.m.) and “Ben-Hur” (2:45 a.m.).

Afternoon hockey has Chicago at Los Angeles (NHL, 1 p.m.).

Spring baseball includes Yankees vs. Boston (NLB, 1 p.m.) and Angels vs. Seattle (MLB, 8:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Virginia Tech at Miami (ESPN2, noon), West Virginia at Texas (ESPN, noon), Kentucky at Florida (CBS, noon), Xavier at DePaul (Fox, noon), Alabama at Texas A&M (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), Michigan vs. Michigan State (CBS, 2 p.m.), Baylor at Kansas State (ESPN, 2 p.m.), George Washington at Dayton (NBC Sports, 3 p.m.), Kansas at Oklahoma State (ESPN, 4 p.m.), TCU at Texas Tech (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), Purdue vs. Penn State (CBS, 4:30 p.m.),  Georgetown at Villanova (Fox, 5 p.m.), Louisville at North Carolina State (ESPN, 6 p.m.), Arkansas at Missouri (ESPN2, 6 p.m.), North Carolina at Duke (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.), Nevada at San Diego State (CBS Sports, 10 p.m.), Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount (ESPN2, 10 p.m.), UCLA at USC (ESPN, 10:15 p.m.) and Pepperdine vs. Saint Mary’s, Calif. (ESPN2, midnight).

Women’s games include George Washington vs. Dayton (CBS Sports, 11 a.m.), N.C. State vs. Louisville (ESPNU, noon), St. Louis vs. St. Joseph’s (CBS Sports, 1:30 p.m.), Florida State vs. Notre Dame (ESPNU, 2 p.m.) and Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State (ESPNU, 5 p.m.).

Golf has third round play in the WGC-Mexico Championship (Golf, noon; NBC, 3 p.m.).

NASCAR has the Boyd Gaming 300 (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.).

Robert Plant sings on a 2016 episode of “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) is back after nearly a month and a recent review of Alec Baldwin by the subject of his frequent impersonation. Charles Barkely hosts; Migos performs.


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