“Saturday Night Live," 11:29 p.m., NBC.
For its 40th
season, “SNL” keeps bringing back former cast members to host.
It's already had Bill Hader and Sarah Silverman; now the fifth new
episode has Chris Rock.
Rock was just 25
when he joined “SNL” in 1990; he stayed for three years, ranging
from a Michael Jackson impersonation to creating Nat X, a hard-core
critic. He went on to do movies, produce a terrific TV show
(“Everybody Hates Chris”) and soar in stand-up; now he hosts,
with Prince as music guest.
CAN'T-AVOID: Sports overload, everywhere.
Why have a
500-channel universe, if they all carry the same thing? Three of the
big-four networks have college football; the fourth (NBC, at 8 p.m.
ET) has the Breeders Cup Classic horse race.
those has a match-up of top-20 teams. For that, you need ESPN, with
Auburn (ranked No. 3) at Mississippi (4) at 7:15 p.m. ET and Arizona
(12) at UCLA (22) at 10:30. Fox has Stanford at Oregon (5) at 7:30;
at 8, CBS has Notre Dame (10) at Navy and ABC, varying by region, has
Illinois at Ohio State (16) or Oklahoma State at Kansas State (9).
ALTERNATIVE: “First Blood” (1982) and “Rambo” (1985), 7:30
and 9:30 p.m., AMC.
This is one of the
strangest movie-sequel combinations ever – film that are skillfully
crafted, yet totally different in tone. They have little in common
except Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo.
In the first, he's a
former Green Beret who uses his skills to elude cops (for a while)
after being wrongly arrested. In the second, he's pulled from prison
and sent on a Vietnam rescue mission. The result is
wildly exaggerated, but also an example of top-notch
Rescue Bots" season-opener, 1 p.m. ET, Discovery Family Channel.
The animation is primitive and the song is a mess, but stick around.
This pleasant-enough show has Transformers making rescues, not
warfare. The opener has some humor and an island of non-lethal
7 p.m., cable. For light fun, Jim Carrey's "Bruce Almighty"
(2003) is on ABC Family. For something more serious, catch Spike
Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (1989)
Pocus" (1993), 8 and
10 p.m., Lifettme.
Some people just won't admit Halloween is over, Lifetime has Bette
Midler and others as revived witches; also, MTV has "Fright
Night" (2011) at 9:30.
Who," 8 and 9 p.m., BBC America. First, a rerun finds trees
springing up so quickly they might take over the Earth. Then a new
episode brings a dilemma in the Neversphere.
& Order: Special Victims Unit," 9 p.m., NBC. This
reruns the episode that brought Amaro (Danny
Pino) back to the unit. Demoted to street
cop, he handles a crash involving a troubled starlet. Later, she's
charged with statutory
rape of a 15-year-old boy; Benson suspects there are other villains.
Night Live," 10 p.m., NBC. This 2008 rerun has Josh Brolin
hosting, with music by Adele.