MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
June of 2014, people feared Tracy Morgan's career was over. A semi,
with a sleep-deprived driver, had struck his limo; a friend was
killed and Morgan – with a history of diabetes, kidney disease and
alcoholism -- was in a two-week coma, with the danger of brain
Morgan, 46, recovered and last month made a brief-but-funny
appearance as a presenter at the Emmys. Now he hosts the show he was
part of for nine years; Demi Lovato is the music guest.
MIGHT-TRY: “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” 8 and 8:30
are two shows that have everything – clever concepts, smart
casting, crisp scirpts – except an audience. Ratings on Tuesdays
have been weak; now Fox reruns the pilot films.
John Stamos is a slick restaurateur and casual bachelor who suddenly
learns he has a son (Josh Peck) ... and a granddaughter. Then Rob
Lowe plays an actor who portrayed a lawyer on TV; when the show is
cancelled, he figures he can help his brother and dad (Fred Savage
and William Devane) at their real-life law office. Both are sharp
stories with few big laughs, but lots of little ones.
ALTERNATIVE: “Hot Jam” (CMT) or “Amy Schumer: Live at the
Apollo” (HBO), both 10 p.m.
a foggy day, you really could confuse Carrie Underwood with Schumer.
They're about the same age (32 and 34 respectively); they're both
blondes with pleasantly broad faces.
difference comes when they open their mouths. Underwood sings of love
and (at times) Jesus; Schumer talks about sex and body parts. Now
Schumer gets an uncensored hour on HBO; Underwood gets a special that
includes a concert and backstage preparations.
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” (2001), 7 a.m., ABC Family. A
marathon begins, with five of the films in order; others are at 10:30
a.m. and 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. That omits the fourth film (“Goblet
of Fire”) and the two-part finale. They are Sunday, at 11:45 a.m.
and 5:15 and 9 p.m.
all day. It's college-football time, including two primetime games on
broadcast networks. At 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC has Southern California (3-2
and reeling from the sudden firing of its coach) at Notre Dame (5-1
and ranked No. 14); at 8, ABC has Penn State (5-1) at top-ranked Ohio
State (6-0). By comparison, the baseball playoffs are exiled to
cable, on TBS and Fox Sports1.
8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a thief's body is found in a Marine's home.
Investigators find the calling card of Delilah, a terrorist group the
Defense Department has been tracking.
Black,” 9 p.m., CBS. Most episodes find this Los Angeles emergency
room in a state of high-code crisis. In this rerun, the crisis state
has persisted for 36 hours, leaving people exhausted. Now they face a
distraught woman (Gail O'Grady) whose sons were in a devastating
9 p.m., Fox. This rerun finds a troubled young genius accused of
murder. The only person who seems to feel he's ionnocent is
Rosewood – who has growing health problems and a new nemesis.
Talk,” 9 p.m. Starz, repeating at 10 and 11:05. A week from the
season finale, this excellent comedy sees Walter Blunt (Patrick
Stewart) celebrate the anniversary of what he considers an epic event
– the end of the Falklands war.
Last Kingdom,” 10 p.m., BBC America. On the lam with Brida, Uhtred
insists he's innocent. That follows a “Doctor Who” (9 p.m.) which
somehow deals with Vikings and warriors from outer space.