“Saturday Night Live” people, everywhere.
If you've ever
doubted the immense impact of “SNL,” start switching channels
tonight. There's the regular “SNL” rerun (James Franco hosts,
Nicki Minaj sings) at 11:29 p.m. on NBC and an odd Will Ferrell romp
(see “tonight's alternative”) at 10 p.m. on HBO. And there are
One of the first
“SNL” stars, Chevy Chase, has the fun “Vacation” (1983) at 8
p.m. on IFC. There's also an Adam Sandler film (“Big Daddy,”
1999, Oxygen), plus a dandy Tina Fey double-feature on Bravo: “Mean
Girls” (2004) is at 8 p.m. and “Baby Mama” (2008), with “SNL”
alumna Amy Poehler, at 10.
“Home Free,” 9 p.m., Fox.
If you haven't been
watching this feel-good reality show, jump in for this rerun of its
Mike Holmes, who
knows his stuff, has been supervising the likable duos who work on
home revamps, hoping to win a dream house. They don't realize that
each set of “losers” will actually win the house they've been
working on. Tonight, watch a two more losers ... and the dream-home
ALTERNATIVE: “Ferrell Takes the Field,” 10 p.m., HBO.
As a gimmick, some
baseball players have played all nine positions in one game. Now Will
Ferrell tops that, in a charity fundraiser -- playing 10 positions
(counting designated hitter) on 10 teams in one day.
He did that during
spring training, when some teams are bunched together in Arizona. The
result has a few moderately funny moments, copying the style of old
sports movies; mostly, though, it's merely harmless fun, amiable and
9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Ion. The original film packed a quiet wallop.
Sylvester Stallone provided a spare script and an understatedly
perfect performance; he was backed by John Avildsen's sharp direction
and Bill Conti's stirring score. The sequels, directed by Stallone,
were adequate; they run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., then repeat at
7, 9 and 11 p.m.
“Walk the Line”
(2005) 6 p.m., and “Johnny Cash: American Rebel” (2015), 9 and 11
p.m., CMT. We can spend the night reliving Cash's fascinating life.
First is the terrific movie, focusing on his romance with June
Carter; Reese Witherspoon won a well-deserved Oscar and Juaqin
Phoenix was nominated. Then is a new documentary.
Football, 8 p.m. ET,
ABC. The second week of the college season has plenty of mismatches,
but not this one. Two top-10 teams collide, when Oregon visits
“Running Wild with
Bear Grylls,” 8 p.m., NBC. On the night before he leads the New
Orleans Saints in their season-opener, we can see this rerun of
quarterback Drew Brees in Panama. He climbs a bat-infested cave,
descends a steep cavern and confronts a crocodile.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. The murder victim is a Navy lieutenant who was going to become
the first openly gay serviceman to receive the Medal of Honor.
Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. Trying to find the source of an impending
anthrax attack, Sam and Callen head to Mexico, going undercover as
“Blunt Talk,” 9
p.m., Starz. rerunning at 10 and 11. Walter (Patrick Stewart) tries
to bond with his 5-year-old son. That leads to some funny moments
centering on rock star Moby (playing himself), who is the private
school's music teacher.