TV column for Saturday, Oct. 13


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.

After opening the
season with a couple fairly good episodes, “SNL” brings back two
of its favorite people: Seth Meyers hosts, with Paul Simon as the
music guest.

Meyers has never
hosted “SNL,” but he was its head writer for nine years and
anchored “Weekend Update”; he's also hosted the Golden Globes,
the correspondents' dinner and his own latenight show. And Simon has
been at “SNL” from the start – literally. He appeared briefly
in the first episode (43 years ago) and hosted the second. He's
hosted three more times; this is his ninth time as music guest.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“9-1-1,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.

It's always nice to
break into a job gradually. For TV characters, that never happens.
Just starting as a 911 dispatcher, Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt),
Buck's sister, confronts a brutal day.

In reruns of the
season's second and third episodes, an earthquake rocks Los Angeles.
Athena (Angela Bassett) rushes to the site where a freeway overpass
has collapsed; Bobby (Peter Krause) and his team are at a crumbling
hotel, rescuing people under the rubble and high above ground.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “American Sniper” (2014), 5-8 p.m., TNT.

To some moviegoers,
the new “A Star is Born” is a revelation. Here is one of the
best-acted, best-crafted films in year ... and it had a first-time
director (Bradley Cooper), with two stars (Cooper and Lady Gaga) who
aren't always taken seriously. Should we have expected this from
Cooper?

Actually, yes. He's
kept turning subtle, naturalistic acting into an artform. Cooper
received three straight Oscar nominations – for “Silver Linings
Playbook,” “American Hustle” and this film, in which he plays
real-life sniper Chris Kyle. Beautifully directed by Clint Eastwood,
he brings a quiet depth.

Other choices
include:

“Frozen” (2013),
5 p.m., Freeform. One of the all-time classics launches an animation
evening. It's followed by “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) at 7:25 p.m.
and “Monsters University” (2013) at 9:30.

Football, 7:30 p.m.
ET, ABC. Michigan (ranked No. 12) hosts Wisconsin (No. 15).

“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun of her second-to-last episode, Abby (Pauley Perrette)
must choose one co-worker to join her at a dinner reservation.
Meanwhile, a woman tells Gibbs that the wrong man may have been
convicted of her mother's murder.

“Magnum P.I.,” 9
p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the reboot's second episode, Carl Weathers
plays a fisherman whose 300-pound tuna (worth $350,000) has been
stolen.

“Above and Beyond:
NASA's Journey to Tomorrow,” 9-11 p.m., Discovery. Rory Kennedy is
a gifted documentary-maker who has won an Emmy and been nominated for
four more Emmys, plus an Oscar for “Last Days in Vietnam.” Now
she traces the past and future of the agency her uncle (John Kennedy)
urged to go to the moon and beyond.

“Under the Autumn
Moon,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark. A business executive (Lindy Booth) is
sent to study a dude ranch that her company might acquire. She
develops a fondness for the outdoors ... and for the ranch owner (Wes
Brown).

“Anthony Bourdain:
Parts Unknown,” 10 p.m. ET, CNN (barring breaking news). At 9 p.m.
Sunday, CNN plans to have a special on the late Bourdain. First,
here's a rerun of his visit to Asturias; it's surrounded by reruns of
Indonesia at 9 p.m. and Kenya at 11.