TV column for Saturday, Sept. 15


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

On Monday, Colin
Jost and Michael Che host the Emmys; first, this rerun offers a dandy
warm-up. We can savor Jost and Che anchoring “Weekend Update” and
see Donald Glover as host and (as Childish Gambino) music guest; he
received an Emmy nomination for this ... one of his four this season.

And there's a bonus:
Pete Davidson has a hilarious bit during “Update,” grumbling
about Jost and Che being named hosts. “I think it's great that Emmy
hosts now are just cute friends,” he says. “Who's hosting next
year, a squirrel and a cat?”

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Bad Seed,” 8-10:03 p.m., Lifetime, rerunning at 11.

This weekend,
Lifetime is busy remaking the past. On Sunday, it has a new version
of “No One Would Tell,” the 1996 film about a controlling
boyfriend. And tonight, it redoes a much older story.

Patty McCormack was
9 when she played a maybe-killer in Broadway's 1954 “Seed”; two
years later, she did the movie, getting an Oscar nomination. Now, at
73, she's in this film (which debuted Sunday), as the psychiatrist.
Mckenna Grace, 12, stars; Rob Lowe plays her father and was the
director.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “All the Money in the World” (2017), 8 p.m., Starz.

HBO has had its
version of the classic kidnapping case; in its 10-part “Trust”
mini-series, Donald Sutherland was J. Paul Getty, refusing to pay the
ransom for his grandson. Now Starz has the movie version, which
originally had Kevin Spacey; then his scenes were done, with
Christopher Plummer.

There's s key
difference: “Trust” flatly says J. Paul Getty III was in on the
kidnapping ... then saw it go bad when another gang took over; the
movie leaves that open. Plummer is great as Getty -- at 88, he was
the oldest actor ever nominated for an Oscar – as is Michelle
Williams as young Getty's mother.

Other choices
include:

“The Phantom
Menace” (1999), 10:49 a.m., TNT. The story unfolds chronologically,
starting with the prequels. “Attack of the Clones” (2002) is at
1:49 p.m., with “Revenge of the Sith” (2005) at 4:55, the
original “Star Wars” (1977) at 8 and “The Empire Strikes Back”
(1980) at 10:45.

“Pocahontas”
(1995), 2:40 p.m., Freeform. A day of heroines starts with animated
movies; “Mulan” (1998) is at 4:40 p.m., with “Beauty and the
Beast” (1991) at 6:45. Then “Cinderella” -- the gorgeous, 2015
film, not the animated classic – is at 8:50. They all rerun Sunday,
about two hours earlier.

Football, 3:30 p.m.
ET, CBS. This may be the day's best match-up, with LSU (ranked No.
12) at Auburn (No. 7). At 8 p.m. ET, ABC has Ohio State (No. 4) at
Texas Christian and Fox has USC (No. 22) at Texas. There's much more,
including top-ranked Alabama at Mississippi at 7 on ESPN.

“America's Got
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. On Tuesday and Wednesday, this show has
its finals, with viewers choosing a million-dollar winner. First,
here's a rerun of last Tuesday, with 11 acts performing; the next
night, five were chosen to be half of the finalists.

“Pink Collar
Crime” season-finale, 8 p.m., CBS. In an upscale Brooklyn
neighborhood, the local PTA was known for lavish fundraisers.
Providence Hogan, the treasurer, said it raised a million dollars;
then she was convicted of skimming at least $80,000. She was briefly
in prison, has been repaying the money ... and was vice-president of
another PTA, until people recognized her name. Here's the story.

“Love in Design,”
9-11 p.m., Hallmark. Danica McKellar, the math whiz and former
“Wonder Years” co-star, plays the star of a TV design show. When
she returns to her old home town to work on a classic building, the
architect is her former boyfriend. We have no idea, of course, what
might happen next.