Saturday TV: Not Much, Frankly

sayYEsFor a Saturday night when perhaps a record number of Americans will be home, there isn’t quite a lot of new or recommendable programs on. More bad planning!

After marrying off representative brides from each state last week, a new season starts for “Say Yes to the Dress – Atlanta” (TLC. 8 p.m.), a city big enough to have its own hard-to please brides.

A new season starts up north for “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” (Nat Geo Wild, 8 p.m.). Got some masks to spare, doc?

“Seasonal Wonderlands” (BBC, 9 p.m.), which looks at the changes over a year in different locales, switches its focus to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.

“Henry Danger” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.) ends its run after five seasons; a spinoff is on its way next week.

What would have been the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in prime time is now reruns of “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS, 8 p.m.), “S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 9 p.m.),

See it while you can: The network canceled the rest of the season of “American Idol” (ABC, 9 p.m.) before they got to the live competition. There are still a few taped episodes in the can. Here’s a replay of what happened last time during Hollywood Week.

It’s murder as usual on “Dateline” (NBC, 9 p.m.) and “48 Hours” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

Last year’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut. Is it any different than, say, “X-Men: Apocalypse” (FX, 8 p.m.)?

There are a series of “Pit Bulls & Parolees” (Animal Planet, 8 and 9 p.m.) specials tonight. The first is about rescues, the second about funny moments from the past 10 seasons.

Last Saturday’s most watched program, sadly, was “Justice with Judge Jeanine” (Fox News, 9 p.m.).

In the made-for-TV thriller “A Predator’s Obsession” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), a young man who saves a girl and her brother from a shark attack turns out to be a weird guy.

In the original made-for-TV romance “In the Key of Love” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.), a wedding photographer is hired to work the ceremony of an ex, who was also her ex-singing partner. Laura Osnes and Scott Michael Foster star. It follows a day of Christmas movies, showing under the banner “We Need a Litle Christmas.” Actually, we need tests. The 2020 “Spring Fling Preview Special” (Hallmark, 11 p.m.) and 2020 “Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Preview Special” (Hallmark, 11:30 p.m.) show what titles are coming up.

You want dystopia? “The Hunger Games” (AMC, 6 p.m.) is followed by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (AMC, 9:05 p.m.).

A couple of sure-fire scary films programmed from before everyone had to stay at home are “Dial M for Murder” (TCM, 8 p.m.) and “Wait Until Dark” (10 p.m.), two thrillers about the threat inside closed doors.  The 12 o’clock noir is “Elevator to the Gallows” (TCM, midnight), followed by a couple of tales set in Egypt: “Land of the Pharaohs” (TCM, 2 a.m.) and “Valley of the Kings” (TCM, 4 a.m.).

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) replays its Super Bowl show with JJ Watt and Luke Combs.

 

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