“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
When Tracy Morgan
was injured in a car-truck crash, people feared his career was over.
Some 16 months later, he returned to host this “SNL,” with Demi
Lovato as music guest.
His old “30 Rock”
colleagues –Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack
McBrayer – showed up. Morgan revived his “Safari Planet”
character and was nominated for a comedy-guest Emmy. He didn't win –
Fey and Amy Poehler did, for a different episode – but it was a
II: “Documentary Now,” 10:45 a.m. ET, IFC.
Ben Herndon's entire
political platform is basic: There's only one candidate for governor
and he feels there should be two. But now a high-octane Southerner
and a cute little Greek guy run his campaign.
Here is a dandy
take-off on “The War Room,” with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen as
variations on James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. This debuted
Wednesday, getting the second “Now” season off to a great start;
it reruns here, with the entire first season from 7:15 to 10:45. Then
Armisen's “Portlandia” reruns from 11:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; both
are nominated in the same Emmy category.
ALTERNATIVE: Creative Arts Emmys, 9 p.m., FXX, rerunning at 11:30.
The main Emmys will
be Sunday, but here's an edited version of two preliminary
ceremonies. To avoid spoilers, skip the next paragraph.
Even in these
exiled-to-cable categories, you'll see some familiar people and
shows. In addition to Fey and Poehler, winners include RuPaul, Peter
Scolari, Hank Azaria, Margo Martindale, Keith David, Seth MacFarlane
and the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” choreographer.. Winning shows
include “Archer,” “Shark Tank,” “Making of a Murderer,”
“Grease: Live,” “Born This Way” and the “Carpool Karaoke”
ALTERNATIVE II: “Sister Cities,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime.
Mary lived a
far-flung life, traveling the worls as a young dancer. She emerged
with four daughter, each with a different father and geophraphical
name. There's Carolina (Stana Katic), Dallas (Michelle Trachtenberg),
Baltimore (Troian Bellisario) and Austin (Jess Weixler).
As her daughters
gather after her death, feuds re-surface and a secret emerges.
“Sister Cities” started as a play, then became this independent
movie, bought by Lifetime after reaching a film festival.
Football, all day.
Three of the big-four networks have primetime games, mostly with
nationally ranked teams. At 7:30 p.m. ET, it's Ohio State (No. 3) at
Oklahoma (No. 14) on Fox and Michigan State (No. 12) at Notre Dame
(No. 18) on NBC. At 8, ABC has Southern California at Stanford (No.
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS. In Africa, someone has found elaborate
surveillance footage of Sam's family. He and Callen fly there, hoping
to learn who's responsible and why.
(2015), 8 p.m., HBO. This gruellingly great film won Oscars for
Leonardo DiCaprio, director Alejandro Inarritu and its
cinematography, and was nominated for best picture. It leads a strong
movie night that includes “Back to the Future” (1985) at 7:30
p.m. on AMC, “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) at 8 p.m. on TNT
and “Some Like It Hot” (1959) at 9:30 p.m. ET on Turner Classic
“How to Tell
You're a Douchebag” (2015), 8 p.m., BET. As his relationships
crumble, a blogger contends that black women are mean to black men.
Then again, the film doesn't offer a lot of reasons to be nice to
him. This has its moments, but lacks the sharp focus its catchy title
Aloha Fluffy,” 8:50 p.m., Comedy Central, repeating at 11:30. It's
an all-Iglesias night, including this 2013 special in Hawaii. The
2007 “Hot and Fluffy” is at 7:30 p.m.; the 2009 “I'm Not Fat
... I'm Fluffy” is 10:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.
“Where Are They
Now,” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. It's been 49 years since
“Gilligan's Island” ended. Dawn Wells has returned to being Mary
Ann – the wholesome one in short shorts – in three movies and a
cartoon series, and has done othere scattered roles. Here are updates
on her, Angie Everhart, David Faustino (of “Married With Children”)
and the En Vogue singing group.