1) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. After three straight terrific episodes, “SNL” has a sort of diva summit: Adele (shown here) hosts, with H.E.R. as music guest. It’s the first time Adele has hosted “SNL” (or anything else) and only the third time she’s done the show. The first was on Oct. 18, 2008; she was 20 and Americans were about to elect Barack Obama. Now she’s back, shortly before another election.
2) Big Ten football, all day. Here’s a final piece of the college scene – a mega-conference, arriving two months late. ABC has the big game, with Michigan at Minnesota (where people are already worried about snow) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Also, Ohio State (No. 3 in pre-season rankings) hosts Nebraska at noon ET on Fox; Indiana hosts Penn State at 3:30 on Fox Sports1. The Big Ten Network had one game Friday, with three today – Rutgers-Michigan State at noon; Iowa-Purdue, 3:30; and Maryland-Northwestern, 7:30.
3) More sports. The fourth game of the best-of-seven World Series is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Fox, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. Fox precedes that with football at 3:30 p.m., with Oklahoma State (ranked No. 6) hosting Iowa State (No. 17). There’s more all day, starting at noon ET on ESPN with North Carolina State (No. 23) at North Carolina (No. 14).
4) “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. It’s a tough night for the people who usually do indoor work. In the first rerun, Beale (the tech operator) is kidnapped; Sam and Callen try to rescue him. In the second,Sebastian (the forensics guy) has his first day of field training … and is promptly put in charge of a unit.
5) “Emma” (2020), 8 p.m., HBO. Two centuries after Jane Austen wrote it, this has been a favorite for filmmakers. It’s been a 1996 movie with Gwyneth Paltrow, a 2009 PBS mini-series with Romoa Garai and at least seven other TV projects, with stars ranging from Sarah Churchill (Winston’s daughter) to Kate Beckinsale. It was also adapted into “Clueless.” Now Anya Taylor-Joy plays the rich kid – naive, but good-hearted – who fancies herself (incorrectly) to be a fine matchmaker.