Saturday TV: ‘Sesame Street’ Turns 50

sesameStreet50Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Patti Labelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown and Elvis Costello lend their hand in celebrating Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (HBO, 7 p.m.), though all that kids will want to see are Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar and the rest, none of whom look like they’ve aged a bit. It airs on PBS Nov. 17; new episodes begin Nov. 16.

Football dominates prime time broadcast TV once more, with Clemson at North Carolina State (ABC, 7:30 p.m.) and Iowa State at Oklahoma (Fox, 8 p.m.). Other games are listed below. Just about everything else is a rerun.

“Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” (BBC America, 9 p.m.) looks into a wale nursery in Mexico.

It’s not live anymore but “The Little Mermaid Live!” (Freeform, 8 p.m.) gets a rerun if you missed it earlier this week.

“Pit Bulls and Parolees” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.) rescues a stray on the train tracks.

The King Arthur story is told once more on “The Kid Who Would Be King” (HBO, 7:50 p.m.), with Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson, making its premium cable debut.

Elsewhere, Johnny Depp stars as “The Professor” (Showtime, 8 p.m.), about a teacher who upon learning his has cancer begins acting recklessly.

In the made-for-TV “Picture a Perfect Christmas” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) Merritt Patterson plays a photographer caring for her grandfather (Paula Shaw) meets a neighbor (Jon Cor) who is a love interest.

In “Radio Christmas” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), Keisha Knight Pullman plays a big city DJ goes to a small town to broadcast. Michael Xavier, Tim Reid and Belinda Montgomery are also featured.

There’s very little Yuletide cheer, though, in a third made-for-TV movie, “Amish Abduction” (Lifetime Movie Network, 8 p.m.).

The documentary “Sea of Shadows” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) examines  the vaquita porpoise, which is on the brink of extinction.

On “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” (OWN, 9 p.m.), a social media post makes Melody file for divorce.

Triangles start to form on “Ready to Love” (OWN, 10 p.m.).

“Amanda to the Rescue” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) deals with some cats.

Two films about marital problems in Italy are on Turner Classic Movies: “La Pointe Courte” (8 p.m.) and “Journey to Italy” (9:45 p.m.). The 12 o’clock noir is “Johnny Eager” (midnight), followed by two with Janet Leigh: “Bye Bye Birdie” (2 a.m.) and “Angels in the Outfield” (4 a.m.).

College football begins at noon with Maryland at Ohio State (Fox), Penn State at Minnesota (ABC), Vanderbilt at Florida (ESPN), Texas Tech at West Virginia (ESPN2), Baylor at TCU (Fox Sports 1), East Carolina at SMU (ESPNU) and Massachusetts at Army (CBS Sports).

Games at 3:30 p.m. include Southern California at Arizona State (ABC), LSU at Auburn (CBS), Kansas State at Texas (ESPN), Louisville at Miami (ESPN2), Illinois at Michigan State (Fox Sports 1), Connecticut at Cincinnati (CBS Sports) and UAB at Southern Mississippi (NFL).

Then comes Iowa at Wisconsin (Fox, 4 p.m.), Missouri at Georgia (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Appalachian State at South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Utah State at Fresno State (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Liberty at BYU (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.), Wyoming at Boise State (ESPN, 10:15 p.m.) and Nevada at San Diego State (ESPN2).

Hockey includes Buffalo at Tampa Bay (NHL, 1 p.m.) and Chicago at Pittsburgh (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Central Connecticut State at St. John’s (Fox Sports 2, 4 p.m.), Iona at La Salle (NBC Sports, 4 p.m.), Texas at Purdue (Fox Sports 2, 7 p.m.) and Rhode Island at Maryland (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its West Valley 200 (NBC, 3:30 p.m.).

Vampire Weekend plays a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

The recent “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Taylor Swift gets a rerun. Kristen Wiig and The XX are on a 2016 rerun at 10 p.m.

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