1) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Jason Sudeikis finally returns as host, with Brandi Carlile as music guest. Sudeikis was with “SNL” for two years as a writer and eight as an actor. After leaving in 2013, he sometimes returned to play Mitt Romney or Joe Biden. He made comedy movies, had two children with then-fiance Olivia Wilde, did “Last Man on Earth,” then soared after co-creating “Ted Lasso” (shown here). The Apple TV+ show won seven Emmys, including best actor (Sudeikis) and best comedy.
2) Football, all day. Four of the seven top-ranked teams play at noon ET. It’s Cincinnati (No. 2) at Navy on ESPN2 … Oklahoma (No. 3) at Kansas on ESPN … Michigan (No. 6) hosting Northwestern on Fox … and Penn State (No. 7) hosting Illinois on ABC. That leaves time to watch the baseball playoffs; if needed, the National League’s sixth game is 5:08 p.m. ET on TBS, the American League’s seventh is 8:08 on Fox. At 7:30, football has Southern Cal at Notre Dame on NBC and Ohio State at Indiana on ABC.
3) “CSI: Vegas,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here’s another chance to see the series opener. It starts with retired cop Jim Brass in peril, then has him call on his old colleagues – Sara Sidle and (in the final seconds) her husband, Gil Grissom. We also meet the new “CSI” people, some of them fairly interesting.
4) Halloween films, AMC. Here’s a ride through some of the best horror films of the 1980s. It has “The Shining” (1980) at 2:30 p.m.; “Christine” (1982) at 6; “Poltergeist” (1982) at 8 and “The Fly” (1986) at 10:30. If you prefer something lighter, catch the terrific “Ghostbusters” reboot (2016) at 8:15 p.m. on Freeform or the “Men in Black” films on FX, at 4 p.m. (1997), 6 (2002) and 8 and 10:30 (2019).
5) “Boyfriends of Christmas Past,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. Yes, the new Christmas movies are arriving before Halloween. That started Friday with Danica McKellar in “You, Me & The Christmas Trees,” which reruns today at 6. Then this film has Catherine Kae Kim see visions of four guys from her past. It will rerun at 6 p.m. Sunday, before another new movie – a pattern that continues each weekend.