“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
After being bumped
by the Olympics for three straight weeks, “SNL” is finally back.
And in this wild election year, any episode – even this rerun from
March – is welcome.
Yes, there's lots of
political talk. The opening bit has Darrell Hammond and Jason
Sudeikis as Donald Trump and Mitt Romney. There's also a fake Trump
ad ... and Cecily Strong visiting “Weekend Update” as someone
babbling about the election. But there's also lots of silliness,
including a closing bit with host Jonah Hill as an overzealous
caterer. The music guest is Future.
II: “Boston EMS” season-finale, 9 and 10 p.m., ABC.
non-fiction series wraps up with some contrasting stories. On one
side of town, a man who was shot in the thigh says he's ready to turn
his life around and focus on his 9-month-old child. On the other, a
man must be convinced to accept medial care, for the sake of his
Supt. Ed Hassan faces a different kind of crisis: At a school, the
carbon monoxide alarms are ringing and students report feeling dizzy.
ALTERNATIVE: “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Ghostbusters II” (1989),
6 and 8:30 p.m., VH1.
When the new
“Ghostbusters” arrived this summer, people howled in protest;
suddenly, the original was being elevated to the status of the
We still say the
remake is excellent. But yes, the original is in a class of its own,
because it was so fresh. At a time of small comedies and big action,
it created a large-scale comedy, filled with both wit and sight gags.
It and its sequel are both great fun.
(1991), “City Slickers II” (1994), 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Pop.
Alongside “Ghostbusters,” this is another classic comedy with a
sequel. In the original, Jack Palance won an Oscar as the tough
cowboy working with city-guy Billy Crystal. Other worthy
early-starters: “Mean Girls” (2004) at 7 p.m. on MTV; “The
Hunger Games” (2012) at 7:15 on Freeform.
Football, 8 p.m. ET,
CBS. For the second straight night, CBS has a pre-season game in
primetime. This one has the Tennessee Titans at the Oakland Raiders.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Bill Engvall plays the new
minister. Kyle is reluctant to see him ... but soon Mike is there for
counseling, after a squabble with his wife.
More movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. Yes, this is a strong movie night. There's the classic “Dirty
Dancing” (1987) on Bravo, the epic “Avatar” (2009) on FX and
the funny “Naked Gun” (1988) on IFC. HBO's “In the Heart of the
Sea” (2015) has strong maritime scenes, but wooden characters.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:30,
ABC. Randall Park of “Fresh Off the Boat” guests as a member of a
community club that Ken is nudged into joining. It turns out to be
not as noble as expected.
and 10 p.m., NBC. After a five-week break, this show is being tossed
away – two episodes each Saturday, TV's slowest night. In both
hours tonight, Hodiak searches for Emma ... who's also sought by
Charles Manson. In the second one, undercover cop Shafe tries to kick
a heroin habit.
“Where Are They
Now?” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Kathy Garver was a UCLA
sorority girl when she landed the role of 15-year-old Cissy in
“Family Affair.” After its five-year run, she focues on voice
work -- in TV cartoons, Ron Howard movies and recorded books. Here's
a visit with Garver, 70; other segments have Geri Horner,
better-known as Ginger Spice, and Ed Lover of “Yo! MTV Raps.”