Saturday TV: ‘SNL’ Back for Its 44th Season

SNLdriverHe’s in every other movie these days, so why not have Adam Driver return to host the 44th (!) season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.). They have enough material after this week’s news alone, but have the whole of summer to draw from. Ariana Grande was to have been musical guest, but begged off; now it’s Kanye West. The only change in the cast is the addition of Ego Nwodim as featured performer; she’ll replace Luke Null, who you never got to know last season anyway.

It might be a nice break from what MSNBC has been reporting all week: Live from New York’s Central Park, the Global Citizen Festival (MSNBC, 3 p.m.) from New York, with Janet Jackson, Cardi B, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Janelle Monae, addresses poverty and inequality. Hugh Jackman and Debora-lee Furness host the event, which continues into the evening.

Forget premiere week: Prime time is once more given away to college football with Ohio State at Penn State (ABC, 7:30 p.m.), Stanford at Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30 p.m.) and BYU at Washington (Fox, 8:30 p.m.). As well as all the games listed below.

Daniel Day Lewis’ engrossing “Phantom Thread” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut.

On the new made-for-TV “All of My Heart: The Wedding” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.) Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott return to their roles as innkeepers of a country inn in the sequel to last year’s “All of My Heart: Inn Love” (Hallmark, 7 p.m.).

A less happy coupling is depicted on “Fatal Vows” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

Illegal wolf poaching in Montana is targeted on “Wolves and Warriors” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

“Mind Your Business with Mahisha” (OWN, 10 p.m.) helps out former “Cupcake Wars” winners who have closed their business.

The master bathroom gets extra attention on “The Vanilla Ice Project” (DIY, 10 p.m.).

Confrontation on the property shuts down production on “Alaska Bush People” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

LCD Soundsystem plays “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

As a new associate justice is considered for the Supreme Court, take a look at what should be the standard, in a replay of “RBG” (CNN, 9 p.m.).

A couple of films about sisters in New York City are on Turner Classic Movies: “My Sister Eileen” (8 p.m.) and “Two Sisters from Boston” (10 p.m.). The noir film is “The Gangster” (midnight), followed by two from director Mark Rydell, “Cinderella Liberty” (1:45 a.m.) and “The Fox” (4 a.m.).

Your final Saturday of regular season baseball includes St. Louis at Cubs (Fox, 1 p.m.), Dodgers at San Francisco (MLB, 4 p.m.) and Detroit at Milwaukee (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.).

College football games at noon include Syracuse at Clemson (ABC), Arkansas at Texas (ESPN), West Virginia at Texas Tech (ESPN2), Temple at Boston College (ESPNU), Central Michigan at Michigan State (Fox Sports 1) and Army at Buffalo (CBS Sports).

Games at 3:30 p.m. include Tennessee at Georgia (CBS), Baylor at Oklahoma (ABC), Florida State at Louisville (ESPN2), Pittsburgh at Central Florida (ESPNU), Texas at Kansas State (Fox Sports 1) and Cincinnati at Connecticut (CBS Sports).

Then comes Nevada at Air Force (ESPNews, 4 p.m.), Michigan at Northwestern (Fox, 4:30 p.m.), Florida at Mississippi State (ESPN, 6 p.m.), Virginia Tech at Duke (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Iowa State at TCU (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Boise State at Wyoming (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Mississippi at LSU (ESPN, 9 p.m.), Oregon at California (Fox Sports 1, 10:30 p.m.), Southern California at Arizona (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.) and Toledo at Fresno State (ESPNU, 10:30 .m.).

Preseason hockey has Philadelphia at Boston (NHL, 5 p.m.), Columbus at Chicago (NHL, 8 p.m.) and Anaheim at Los Angeles (NHL, 10:30 p.m.).

Preseason basketball has Minnesota at Golden State (NBA, 8:30 p.m.).

And NASCAR has its Drive for the Cure 200 (NBC Sports, 3 p.m.).

 

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