What To Watch: 10/12/2019

It’s our Saturday WtW, which this time of the year is really just a source for who’s on SNL. This week, that would be David Harbour (which is kind of a dead giveaway to Hopper’s ultimate fate on Stranger Things).


Saturday Night Live [NBC, 11:30p]
David Harbour’s that sort of {shrug} first-time host — a supremely talented serious character actor who is such an ample distance from an obvious choice that it is almost must-stay-up-for-TV.



  • If it’s not SNL on Saturdays, it’s the Lifetime-Hallmark movie so-bad-it’s-good vortex, and tonight is a big one on Lifetime as they unveil their take on one of the biggest recent scandals to not involve our orange President — The College Admissions Scandal. While this movie does not portray Lori Loughlin or Felicity Huffman explicitly (opting more for the patented Law & Order from-the-headlines-rip’t move), it’s a bit of a cheeky move to cast Huffman’s American Crime Story co-star Penelope Ann Miller as a parent trying to cheat her child into higher education.
  • Gretchen Carlson (the trailblazer for Shep Smith as Fox News refugee) hosts a pre-party that discusses the real scandal, and it’s also on Lifetime — Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson.
  • There might be a bit of a Sharknado in the works over on Syfy as the quirky cable network takes the current fad — from Riverdale to Sabrina the Teenage Witch — of re-tooling classic kids programs as thrillers — to a mega-ultra extreme with The Banana Splits Movie. Far from a cute reboot, this update goes full Meet The Feebles as the audience of a taping of the seminal Hanna-Barbera puppet program turns slasher and they have to escape the creatures who do not take the news of the Banana Splits cancellation kindly, to say the least.

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