1) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Nick Jonas (shown here) has his first turn as host (and second as music guest), launching a busy streak for NBC. Coming are the Golden Globes on Sunday and the season-openers of “The Voice” (with Jonas in one of the spinning chairs) on Monday and “New Amsterdam” on Tuesday, plus the debut of “Debris” – a well-made, science-fiction show – on Monday.
2) “Superman & Lois” debut, 9-10:30 p.m., TNT. If you missed this show’s debut on CW, catch this quick rerun. It’s a good one … although not the Superman we were expecting. Things do start in Metropolis and end with a big-time, outer-space villain. In between, however, Clark Kent must set aside his superpowers. With his wife (Lois Lane) and their 14-year-old twin sons, he returns to Kansas. It’s a quietly emotional start, pointing to the second episode, at 9 p.m. Monday on CW.
3) “A Wild Year on Planet Earth,” 8-9:10 p.m., BBC America. This gorgeous series has taken us through the year in six splendid slices. Now it’s November, when the monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico … part of a round trilp that takes four generations to complete. It’s a stunning way to start this hour – which also ends beautifully, with humans sending paper lanterns soaring in Thailand. There’s much more in between, from lemurs to the incredible workmanship of the weaver bird.
4) “Girl in the Basement,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. This continues the five-Saturday stretch of “ripped from the headlines” movies, but this one is purely fictional – based on the general concept of abductions. (A “Beyond The Headlines,” at 10 p.m., looks at surviving childhood abduction.) Stefanie Scott plays the victim, with Judd Nelson as the villain and Joely Fisher as the wife who is slow to question him.
5) ALSO: After a genial season-opener last week, “Murdoch Mysteries” (7 p.m. ET, Ovation) turns serious; Brachenreid’s son is wanted for murder. At 8 and 9 p.m., CBS has reruns of “FBI” (a teacher is missing) and “FBI: Most Wanted” (a cop strikes at people he feels are conspiring against him). And HBO has the delightful “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”(1989) at 8 p.m., with its sequel at 9:30.