“Cedar Cove” and “Love on the Air,” 8 and 9-11 p.m.,
On a quiet day for
the big networks, Hallmark offers a full night of pleasant-enough
shows. That starts with the season-finale of the likable “Cove.”
It's time for Grace the librarian to finally marry her cowboy ... and
for Olivia to sort out her feelings for Jack and Paul.
Then is a one of the
better Hallmark movies, with a man and woman doing verbal warfare as
radio personalities. You kind of know how it will end, but it has a
smart script and good work from director Kristoffer Tabori (who often
uses the name K.T. Donaldson) and star Alison Sweeney.
II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
We're now a week
from the start of the 41st season, with Miley Cyrus doubling up as
host and music guest ... and with a busy world waiting to be made fun
of. First, here's a rerun of the 40th-season finale.
Louis C.K. hosts,
offering his usual, brilliantly off-kilter approach; he even
speculates that pedophiles must REALLY like what they do. Rihanna is
the music guest.
ALTERNATIVE: Sports overload, everywhere.
On a night when
college football fills ABC and Fox, NBC somehow decided we needed
boxing. At 8:30 p.m. ET, it has Deontay Wilder defending his WBC
heavyweight title against Johann Duhaupas.
football throughout the day, including two primetime collisions
between ranked teams. At 8 p.m. ET, ABC has UCLA (No. 9) at Arizona
(No. 16); at 8:30, with a pre-game show at 8, Fox has Utah (No. 18)
at Oregon (No. 13).
(2011), 6 and 9 p.m., E. This launches a good night for comedy
movies. Other strong choices are “Bruce Almighty” (20030 at 6:55
p.m. on VH1, “21 Jump Street” (2012) at 7:30 p.m. on FXX and the
animated delight “Toy Story 2” (1999) at 8 p.m. on Disney.
p.m., CBS. After debuting on an overcrowded Tuesday, this show can
get noticed by rerunning on an undercrowded Saturday. The 2011 movie
starred Bradley Cooper, who produces this and shows up in the final
minutes. The rest – with Jake McDorman as a drifting musician who
finds a pill giving him great powers – has lots of action and
moderately interesting characters.
Show,” 8 p.m., NBC (after the fight in western time zones). Here's
a random rerun of a fairly good summer comedy. As star and writer,
Jerrod Carmichael has topical materiel ... including arguments here
about black protests. The writing is smart, the acting ranges from
so-so (Carmichael and Amber Stevens West) to excellent (David Alan
Grier and Loretta Devine, as his parents).
Brian Regan concert,
9 p.m., Comedy Central. For the first time, Comedy Central has a live
concert. Regan – who is both clean and clever – seems like a
“Doctor Who,” 9
to 10:05 p.m., BBC America. After a big build-up last week, the
channel had only the first half of the season-opener. That reruns at
8 p.m., followed by this conclusion. The doctor finds himself trapped
in a Dalek city, with no Tardis and no one to help him.
“Blunt Talk,” 9
p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10 and 11. When his estranged son is in
town, Walter (Patrick Stewart) tries to patch up their relationship.
Remorse,” 9:30, Starz, rerunning at 10:30 and 11:30. Cam is
launching his line of shoes ... but Chen, who's in charege, sees the
event mostly as a dating opportunity.