“Saturday Night Live” season-finale, 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Fred Armisen has
managed to spend most of his life in New York. He grew up on Long
Island, spent a decade on “SNL,” then became the band leader for
Seth Meyers' late show. He leaves occasionally – making short,
delightful seasons of “Portlandia” – but keeps returning.
Now Armisen – who
used to portray Barack Obama -- is back to host his old show,
wrapping a season that's had some fun with the political chaos.
Singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is the music guest.
II: “All the Way,” 8 p.m., HBO, repeating at 12:55 a.m. and at
6:45 p.m. Sunday.
The movie “Selma”
showed Lyndon Johnson as a go-slow guy, clashing with Martin Luther
King over civil-rights marches. On Broadway, however, there was an
opposite view -- Johnson as a fierce force, charming and bullying, as
he pushed the historic Civil Rights Act through a reluctant Congress.
That won Tony awards
for best play and Bryan Cranston's performance. Now it's been adapted
into a movie, with Cranston again starring; Anthony Mackie – Falcon
in the “Avengers” films – plays King.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Spymasters,” 9-11 p.m., CBS.
This is the sort of
serious subject newsmagazines often skip. Under the “48 Hours”
banner, CBS talks to all 12 people who have led the CIA. “I found
that I was making decisions on life and death,” Leon Panetta
Donald Trump has
said he'd using waterboarding and more, but others have said torture
is immoral and produces unreliable results. “The agency is not
going to do this again,” Michael Hayden (2006-9) says.
three networks. The playoffs gain momentum, with both hockey (St.
Louis at San Jose, 7:15 p.m. ET, NBC) and basketball (Cleveland at
Toronto, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). At the same time, Fox starts its
Saturday-night baseball line-up at 7:15 p.m. ET; varying by region,
it has Rangers-Astros, Cubs-Giants or Nationals-Marlins.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Fresh from seeing Tony's emotional departure Tuesday, viewers
can catch him in full-heroic duty, in this rerun of the
season-opener. While a quirky surgeon (Jon Cryer) struggles to save
Gibbs, Tony and a CIA agent (Mimi Rogers) head to Shanghai, hoping to
take down the villains.
(1995), 8-10 p.m., ABC. Two decades ago, the first full-length Pixar
film transformed the movie business. It had a great concept (the
after-hours lives of classic toys), an Oscar-nominated script and
computer animation. It's had two sequels (with another coming), two
TV specials and more. From “Finding Nemo” to “Inside Out,”
Pixar has emphasized wit while making a fortune.
(2010), Disney; or “Despicable Me 2” (2013), FX, both 8 p.m. In
life after “Toy Story,” animated movies dominate, including this
overload. Fortunately “2” reruns at 10:30.
p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10:05 and 11:09. The time in Paris has been
harrowing for Claire and her husband. Now he's in prison for dueling
and she's in the hospital, where doctors struggle to save her and her
unborn baby. Also, the king asks her to judge two men accused of the
“Dr. K's Exotic
Animal ER: Gloves Off,” 10 p.m., NatGeo Wild. The “Dr. K”
series follows Dr. Susan Kelleher in South Florida; at 9 p.m., it
opens its season with a sumo dragon, a macaw and more. Then this
spin-off includes laser treatment for birds.
“Party Over Here,”
11 p.m., Fox. The season-finale of this sketch-comedy show is also
its second “best-of” compilaton.