“Saturday Night Live” season-finale, 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Louis CK hosts,
which is always good news; his first two times were gems.
Each time, CK
brought his own monologs, instead of depending on something lame the
show wrote. And each time, he did a classic sketch: First, he was
Abraham Lincoln at a bar with a freed slave; then he was the only
white contestant on “Black Jeopardy.” Now he's back, with Rihanna
as music guest.
“Dancing With the Stars” and “Billboard Music Awards”
previews, 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
We'll forgive ABC
for turning the night into one big promo. It starts with a look at
the Monday-Tuesday “Stars” finale, with actor Riker Lynch,
actress Rumer Willis and war veteran Noah Galloway. They survived
this week, while Nastia Liukin, the Olympic-champion gymnast, was
being sent home.
Then is a warm-up
for Sunday's award show. There are interiviews (Taylor Swift, John
Legend, Pete Wentz), tour peeks (Ed Sheeran, Hozier) and looks at
past Billboard highights.
ALTERNATIVE: “Bessie,” 8-10 p.m. Saturday, HBO.
Orphaned at 9,
Bessie Smith had a mixed childhood, this movie says. She was raised
by a demanding sister, cherished by a warm brother, embraced by the
Smith grew into a
powerful singer who soared in the 1920s and '30s. She lived big,
spent big and teetered near collapse ... then found new audiences as
a piece of music history. This is a demanding role that fits Queen
Latifah beautifully. She sings superbly and captures a character we
can root for.
8-10 p.m., NBC. With the finals coming Monday and Tuesday, here's a
rerun of the semi-finals, with five talented singers.
p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Backstrom is probing the murder of a sex
surrogate, when he hears disturbing news about his mothet.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Here's the episode that introduced Diane Neal as a Coast Guard
official. She helps probe a double murder, with an admiral's daughter
as the prime suspect.
“CSI: Cyber,” 9
p.m., CBS. Fans of this mid-season show can quit worrying; it will be
back in the fall, as part of a strong Sunday spot, with Ted Danson's
chracter moving over from the cancelled “CSI” to join Patricia
Arquette. In this rerun, a hacker creates a roller-coaster tragedy.
9 p.m., Fox. If you missed this terrific opener Thursday, catch it
now. Matt Dillon plays a federal agent who wakes up in a strange
town, dazed and confused. M. Night Shyamalan (“Sixth Sense,” “The
Village”) is the producer and directed the opener beautifully.
9 p.m., BBC America. Sarah is finally re-united with Helena ... but
only because she's been captured and is at the Castor camp.
“Oprah: Where Are
They Now?” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. This catches up with
actrtesses Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”) and Leah Remini, baseball
star Darryl Strawberry and David Kaczynski, the Buddhist leader who
helped identify his brother as the “unabomber.”