Saturday TV: Australia Before the Fires

sevenworldsThe latest vast, mind-blowing nature series “Seven Worlds, One Planet” (BBC America, 9 p.m.) brings viewers to impossible corners of the globe to witness fascinating, often previously unseen species.

“This was the first time that we’ve went to the natural world through the continents,” producer Emma Napper told reporters at the TV Critics Association winter press tour this week in Pasadena.

Executive producer Jonny Keeling says though he’s worked on projects like “Planet Earth” and “Planet Earth II,” he was worried he wouldn’t find anything new in this series. “But, actually, in this series in every single episode there’s something really new and exciting and unexpected, and that’s what I really love about it.” Hans Zimmer’s score enhances the crisp photography. And of course David Attenborough narrates. Because of the recent disastrous fires there, the series begins with a look at Australia. And it won’t be too hard to find, as it will be simulcast on sister stations AMC, IFC and Sundance.

The latest made-for-TV movie from the headlines is “Stolen by My Mother: The Kaliyah Mobley Story” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) about the Florida case of a newborn snatched by a woman posing as a nurse in 1998 and raised by her so long the child didn’t learn of what happened until she was 18. Niecy Nash and Ta’Rhonda Jones star. Then it’s followed by an interview with the actual victim on “Beyond the Headlines: The Kaliyah Mobley Story with Robin Roberts” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

The story of the NFL star who became a killer is investigated in the three hour true crime series “Aaron Hernandez: Killing Fields” (Reelz, 8 p.m.), shown all at once.

Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidora all appear in the 2019 “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (HBO, 8 p.m.), with Mark Russell, Vera Farming and Millie Bobby Brown, making its premium cable debut. Also on tonight: the RBG story in “On the Basis of Sex” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) and “Miss Bala” (Starz, 9:51 p.m.)

Randy goes off the grid to help a girl shop without her mom on a two hour “Say Yes to the Dress America” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

A Polynesian fire dancer gets the best of Bart on “Man vs. Bear” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

There is prime time NBA action with Lakers at Houston (ABC, 8:30 p.m.). Earlier games include Clippers at New Orleans (ABC, 3:30 p.m.) and Milwaukee at Brooklyn (NBA, 6 p.m.).

“Family or Fiancé” (OWN, 9 p.m.) has a barrier in the form of an extremely religious grandmother.

Five dogs are rescued from a dogfighting operation on “Pit Bulls and Parolees” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.).

Lizard surgery has complications on “The Vet Life” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

One of the least celebrated anniversaries this year may be that of the movie “Tremors” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) marking its 30th year with a marathon that begins with “Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell” (Syfy, 10 a.m.) and counts down with “Tremors 5: Bloodlines” (noon), “Tremors 4: The Legend Begins” (2 p.m.), “Tremors 3: Back to Perfection” (4:22 p.m.) and “Tremors II: Aftershocks” (6:46 p.m.),

College football features the East-West Shrine Bowl (NHL, 3 p.m.) and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (NFL, 7 p.m.).

Hockey has Chicago at Toronto (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes North Carolina at Pittsburgh (ESPN, noon), Baylor at Oklahoma State (ESPN2, noon), Connecticut at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, noon), Seton Hall at St. John’s (Fox, noon), Ohio State at Penn State (ESPNU, noon), LaSalle at Rhode Island (NBC Sports, 12:30 p.m.), Auburn at Florida (CBS, 1:30 p.m.), Purdue at Maryland (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), Marquette at Georgetown (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.), Kansas at Texas (ESPN, 2 p.m.), West Virginia at Kansas State (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), St. Bonaventure at VCU (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.), Richmond at George Mason (NBC Sports, 2:30 p.m.), Colorado at Arizona (Fox, 2:30 p.m.), Oregon at Washington (CBS, 3:45 p.m.), Kentucky at Arkansas (ESPN, 4 p.m.), Houston at Wichita State (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), Iowa State at Texas Tech (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Saint Mary’s at Pepperdine (CBS Sports, 4 p.m.), George Washington at Massachusetts (NBC Sports, 4:30 p.m.), Providence at Creighton (Fox Sports 1, 4:30 p.m.), Louisville at Duke (ESPN, 6 p.m.), New Mexico at UNLV (CBS Sports, 6 p.m.), Northern Iowa at Bradley (ESPN2, 6 p.m.), South Florida at Central Florida (ESPNU, 6 p.m.), Nevada at San Diego State (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.), LSU at Mississippi (ESPN2, 8 p.m.), Temple at SMU (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), BYU at Gonzaga (ESPN2, 10 p.m.) and Utah State at Boise State (ESPNU, 10 p.m.).

WOmen’s games include Duquesne at Saint Joseph’s (CBS Sports, noon) and West Virginia at Baylor (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.).

In golf, there is third round play in Latin America Amateur Championship (ESPNews, noon) and the Tournament of Champions (NBC, 3 p.m.).

A couple of movies about filmmakers on the road are on Turner Classic Movies tonight with “Les Rendezvous d’Anna” (8 p.m.) and “Two Weeks in Another Town” (10:15 p.m.). The midnight noir is “The Captive City” (12:15 a.m.). Then comes a trio of prehistoric monsters in “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (2:15 a.m.), “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” (3:45 a.m.) and “The Giant Behemoth” (5:15 a.m.).

 

Mitski and Rainbow Kitten Surprise play a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

Still another rerun on “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with the Jennifer Lopez-DaBaby episode from earlier this season. But at 10 p.m., there is one of the oldest iterations of the show, hosted by a writer who died earlier this month at 89, Buck Henry. Bill Withers is musical guest for the 1976 episode.

 

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