“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda is ready for the rest of the
show-business world. His “Hamilton” won 11 Tonys, a Grammy, a
Pulitzer and fame. It will also be profiled Oct. 21, on opening night
of PBS' “Fall Arts Festival” ... which has Miranda as this year's
There's more: He's a
composer and singer for Disney's animated “Moana,” opening Nov.
23. And now he hosts “SNL,” with Twenty-One Pilots as music
guest. Miranda has already delivered perhaps the two best acceptance
speeches in awards history; tonight's opening monolog could be good.
“Autumn in the Vineyard,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark.
Leigh Cook) has devoted her life to her family's vineyard. Now she's
ready for a big risk, buying her friend's farm. It has great grapes,
an eccentric llama and a catch: Nate (Brendan Penny) feels he has
bought the place; for now, they'll share it while squabbling.
Did we mention that
he's handsome, she's cute and they used to date in high school? You
can probably see where this is going. Hallmark isn't about surprises,
but it does offer pleasant people in pretty places.
ALTERNATIVE: Sports overload, everywhere.
Yes, the college
football fuss is usually enough to fill Saturdays. Tonight includes
top-ranked Alabama at Arkansas (ranked No. 16) at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN,
Washington (No. 5) at Oregon at 7:30 p.m. on Fox and Florida State
(No. 23) at Miami (No. 10) at 8 p.m. on ABC.
But there's more,
including NASCAR at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. And basebasll's playoffs
continue; it's the Dodgers at the Nationals at 4:08 p.m. ET on Fox
Sports1 and the wild card winner at the Cubs, at 8:08 p.m. on the
Major League Baseball network.
(2011), 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., E. It's mostly a comedy night. This one
is fun, as is “Miss Congeniality” (2000), at 7:30 p.m. on Pop;
Neighbors” (2014), at 8 p.m. on FX, is a disappointment.
7:30 p.m., AMC. James Cameron's masterful film is that movie rarity –
a sequel that was even better than the original.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, a deep-sea diver has been killed on the job. Now his
body must stay in a decompression chamber for four days ... along
with the four colleagues who are suspects.
Halloween Spectacular,” 8 p.m., Food, Travel and HGTV. Three
related networks share this hour, in which stars compete to create
spectacular haunted houses in Las Vegas.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, a genius coder has been hired
by Brody's mother (Annie Potts). But now the coder's life hangs in
the balance: Someone has stolen the heart intended for his
transplant; the team must find it quickly.
More movies, 9 p.m.,
cable. TNT has “Maleficent” (2014), with Angelina Jolie in the
imposing title role. Showtime offers “Carol” (2015), which drew
six Academy Award nominations, including Cate Blanchett and Rooney
Mara, playing forbidden lovers in 1950s New York.
“Where Are They
Now?” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Back in 2008, Ali Vincent was
the first female winner of “The Biggest Loser.” At 5-foot-5,
she'd trimmed her weight almost in half, from 234 to 122 pounds; she
went on to host a show on the digital Living Well Network. And now?
At one point this year, she was back over 200; this updates her, plus
actor Tahj Mowry and pop star Samantha Fox.