“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
was just 21 when she joined “SNL,” back in 1982. Her three-year
stay included two of the show's worst years and then the start of its
She would go on to
much better things -- “Seinfeld” and “Veep” and 16 Emmy
nominations for acting, winning five times. Still, she's never
returned to host “SNL.” Now eight days before “Veep” starts
its new HBO season – she does, with Nick Jonas as the music guest.
“Hear My Song,” 8-10 p.m., CBS.
For 65 years,
“Hallmark Hall of Fame” has delivered some of TV's best moments.
It started with the “Amahl” operetta, peaked with “Promise”
and other Emmy-winning movies ... and then, oddly, was dumped off to
cable-only. Now it returns to CBS, but on TV's weakest night.
This story – a
tough-luck kid joins a fancy boychoir – lacks believability at ever
turn. Still, it's crafted exquisitely by director Francois Girard and
a cast that includes Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates.
ALTERNATIVE: “Confirmation,” 8-10 p.m., HBO.
At the same time as
“Hear My Song,” here's another movie that's thoroughly
unbelievable. The difference is that this one really happened, during
a bizarre stretch in 1991.
pioneer Thurgood Marshall retired from the Supreme Court, George H.W.
Bush chose Clarence Thomas, a black conservative who opposes
affirmative action. It was a controversial choice ... even before
Anita Hill, a law professor, accused him of sexual harassment. Kerry
Washington and Wendell Pierce star, with Greg Kinnear as Joe Biden
and Treat Williams as Ted Kennedy.
“Back to the
Future” (1985), 4 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., AMC. Here are some more
chances to see this fun adventure. It's sequels air at 6:30 p.m.
(1989) and 9 p.m. (1990).
Fights, 8 p.m. ET,
Fox, and 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. It's combative overkill, taking up half
the big-four networks. Fox's Ultimate Fighting Championships card is
topped by Tony Ferguson against Khabid Nurmagomedov; NBC's boxing
includes the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Krzystof Glowacki
and Steve Cunningham.
Funniest Home Videos,” 8 and 9 p.m. Here are two reruns, the first
one having 10 videos compete for a $100,000 mid-season prize.
Show,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, Jerrod is delighted to have tickets
to see his childhood comedy hero, Bill Cosby. His girlfriend, citing
all the date-rape accusations about Cosby, refuses to go. That sets
off a thoughtful (and sometimes quite funny) family debate.
p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10 and 11. Last week's season-opener
(rerunning at 11:55 a.m. and 8 p.m.) offered a quick jolt – a dazed
Claire returning to 1948, but pregnant with the child of Jamie, her
husband in 18th-century Scotland. Then it flashed back, as
she and Jamie arrived in France. Now they're living at his cousin's
estate and struggling for a way to prevent the Jacobian rebellion.
“Where Are They
Now?” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. A decade ago, Greg Smith
received a Master's Degree from the University of Virginia. He was
16, a kid in a hurry. He was reading at 2, started high school at 7
and college at 10. Now we see what he's been up to since; the hour
also visits Genie Francis – who was soaps' mos popular actress, on
“General Hospital” -- and model Iman.
“Party Over Here,”
11 p.m., Fox. Here's a “best of” collection of sketches from the
first season. It's followed at 11:30 by a “Cooper Barrett's Guide
to Surviving Life” rerun, with the return of Cooper's angry