Saturday TV: A 45th Season Start for ‘SNL’

SNL45Woody Harrelson hosts the 45th (!) season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) where the cold open almost has to be the “Godfather” inspired phone conversation between the presidents of the Ukraine and U.S. that Adam Schiff envisioned. One hitch: Alec Baldwin said he was done impersonating Trump.

Also gone this season is Leslie Jones. New featured players include Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman. Shane Gillis was announced as third new player, but was let go days later when some of his dimmer remarks about Muslims, gays and women.

Heidi Gardner and Chris Redd have been elevated from featured players to the repertory group, while  another newcomer from recent years, Ego Nwodim, remains a featured player. Musical guest tonight is Billie Eilish (pictured right).

Leslie Jones will pop up, though, in the 2016 remake of “Ghostbusters” (FXX, 8 p.m.).

Queen with Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R. and Carole King headline “The 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Live from Central Park” (MSNBC, 4 p.m.) raising money and consciousness about a variety of issues. Hugh Jackman hosts the event, which runs until 10 p.m.

With the beads up in Greg’s attic love nest, “A Very Brady Renovation” (HGTV, 9 p.m.) reaches its conclusion.

Rebel Wilson finds herself trapped in a romantic comedy in the premium cable premiere of “Isn’t It Romantic” (HBO, 8 p.m.), which also stars Priyanka Chopra, Adam DeVine and Betty Gilpin.

The made-for-TV “Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) retells the true tale of the Mormon teen’s experience being thrown in a conversion camp after her strict parents learn she’s gay. Addison Hollley stars with Sarah Booth and Ian Lake.

Ohio State at Nebraska (ABC, 7:30 p.m.) gets the prime time broadcast slot (the day’s crush of other football games are listed below).

Networks have nothing new to offer on Saturday, even during TV premiere week. Instead, they replay offerings that debuted earlier in the week: “Bob (Hearts) Abishola” (CBS, 8 p.m.), “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.), “Carol’s Second Act” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) and “All Rise” (CBS, 9 p.m.)

Whales and sea lions go for the plankton off the coast of Alaska on “Nature’s Great Events” (BBC America, 9 p.m.).

A white rhino is pregnant on “The Zoo: San Diego” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.).

There’s a cabin trip on “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN, 10 p.m.) helps a couple of brothers confront their absent father.

“White House Down” (WGN America, 8:30 p.m.) might be a good metaphor for the week.

Together at last: “Beverly Hills Cop” (Sundance, 7 p.m.), “Beverly Hills Cop II” (Sundance, 9 p.m.) and “Beverly Hills Cop III” (Sundance, 11 p.m.).

Likewise, here’s “John Wick” (Paramount, 7 p.m.) and “John Wick: Chapter 2” (Paramount, 9:35 p.m.) as well as “Friday” (MTV, 7 p.m.), “Next Friday” (MTV, 9 p.m.) and “Friday After Next” (MTV, 11 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies has a pair of films about doctors in love, “A Warm December” (8 p.m.) and “Magnificent Obsession” (10 p.m.). The noir at 12 o’clock is “The Harder They Fall” (midnight), followed by a couple of 1950s movies of the cosmos, “It Came From Outer Space” (2 a.m.) and “Riders to the Stars” (3:30 a.m.).

The college football onslaught begins with the following games at noon Northwestern at Wisconsin (ABC), Texas Tech at Oklahoma (Fox), Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (ESPN), Middle Tennessee at Iowa (ESPN2), Buffalo at Miami, Ohio (ESPNU), Kansas at TCU (Fox Sports 1) and Central Michigan at Western Michigan (CBS Sports).

Games at 3:30 p.m. include Clemson at North Carolina (ABC), Mississippi at Alabama (CBS), Southern Cal at Washington (Fox), Virginia at Notre Dame (NBC), Iowa State at Baylor (ESPN), Minnesota at Purdue (ESPN2), Georgia Tech at Temple (CBS Sports) and Florida Atlantic at Charlotte (NFL).

Then comes SMU at South Florida (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Mississippi State at Auburn (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Connecticut at Central Florida (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Colorado State at Utah State (CBS Sports, 7:30 p.m.), UNLV at Wyoming (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), Washington State at Utah (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.), UCLA at Arizona (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.) and Hawaii at Nevada (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.).

The season’s last Saturday regular season baseball games includes Atlanta at Mets (Fox, 7 p.m.), Milwaukee at Colorado (MLB, 10 p.m.) and Oakland at Seattle (MLB, 11 p.m.).

In preseason hockey it’s Chicago at Boston (NHL, 3 p.m.) and Detroit at Toronto (NHL, 7 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its Drive for the Cure 250 (NBC Sports, 3:30 p.m.).

Track and field has the IAAF world championships (NBC, 2:30 p.m.).

Very late tonight is the Berlin Marathon (NBC Sports, 3 a.m.).

 

 

Buddy Guy and August Greene play a new episode of “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

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