1) “The College Admissions Scandal” (shown here), 8 p.m., Lifetime, rerunning at 11:03. With the subtlety of a scream and the nuance of an avalanche, “Scandal” eyes a big story. It’s still watchable, because the reality is both shocking and perversely funny; the approach, however, is inept. Ducking the real stories (including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman), this has fictional parents – then makes one a hideous Cruella/Maleficent type, burying the drama in excess. Gretchen Carlson’s follow-up is at 10:03.
2) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Last week’s episode crackled with wiy. That was hosted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag”; now “SNL” tries someone from the streaming world: David Harbour, the police chief on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” hosts; Camila Cabello is the music guest.
3) “48 Hours: Live to Tell,” 10 p.m., CBS. Back in 1976, three masked gunman stopped a school bus and took 26 children, burying them alive in an underground tractor-trailer. Now, 43 years later, some of them describe their ordeal.
4) “Scream” (1996), 6 p.m., Freeform. Some so-so horror movies re-surface this month, but this is a good one, with Kevin Williamson’s witty script and Wes Craven directing a talented young cast. The sequel (1997) is at 8:40. Some other key movie choices are the “West Side Story” (1961) musical at 8 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies and Gina Rodriguez in “Miss Baja” (2019) at 8 p.m. on Starz.
5) “Prodigal Son,” 9 p.m., Fox. Here’s a second chance to see the pilot film, with a police detective forced tp consult with his father, a convicted serial killer. The British stars (Tom Payne and Michael Sheen) are talented, but this is still a tough experience for viewers.