Saturday TV is transforming before our eyes–probably partially aided by the pandemic keeping people at home when they might normally be out on the town. However, we cannot remember a Saturday featuring so much new content. However, we will start with the program we most frequently feature on this day of the week as the creator and star of one of this site’s favorite show, one that we’re still mourning the loss of this year, hosts an SNL that promises to be like none before it. Or, well, it’s SNL so its formulas might prevail, but it will surely be fun. Also, musical guest Phoebe Bridgers is not too shabby.
Saturday Night Live [NBC, 11:30p]
Dan Levy hosts and Phoebe Bridgers performs. Love that journey for them.
Devil May Care [Syfy, Midnight]
Have you ever wanted to know what being satan’s assistant would be like? And what if Satan was voiced by Alan Tudyk? Well this new Syfy animated program is as close as you’re gonna get. Satan as a CEO? That can’t be far off from what Satan is really like.
10th Annual NFL Honors [CBS, 9p]
The stars of the NFL come out on Big Game’s Eve to celebrate its stoutest players and finest men for this sports awards extravaganza. As this is one of those rare years when my favorite team–the Buffalo Bills–is up for awards (and their GM Brandon Beane already did win Executive of the Year), I actually might watch this, although I know their MVP candidate will come up short to deserved favorite Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay, but he seems like a nice fellow too.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- It’s time for the grown up puppies to shine as Discovery+ hosts the third annual Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Games. There’s also Puppy Bowl XVII Presents: Best In Show on Animal Planet and Puppy Bowl XVII: Puppy Bowl Nation on Discovery+ as we wait for tomorrow’s marquee matchup that everyone really wants to watch: The Kitten Bowl.
- Reelz chips in with its latest music bio and the subject is the glam metal band who were not going to take it in 1984–and despite being a one-hit wonder, their story is especially intriguing given lead singer Dee Snider’s fight against music censorship and other evils. It’s Twisted Sister: Breaking the Band. Fun fact, Snider is actually the narrator for this Reelz series of specials, so that’s another interesting, well, twist (sorry).
- Over on Lifetime, it’s the tragic tale of one of pop’s biggest superstars and her equally ill-fated daughter, which unfortunately has been given the tacky name Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina: Didn’t We Almost Have It All. It’s a great Whitney Houston song though.
- In a eulogy that promises to be much more tasteful, OWN looks back at the long, lustrous life of actress and activist Cicely Tyson who passed away last week at the age of 96. It’s OWN Spotlight: Cicely Tyson.
- YouTube’s own network engages in a fun experiment as it films a number of different people around the world to capture a day in the Earth’s life and the stories of one of the most chaotic years in human history with Life in a Day 2020. We’re cynical, but we have to say, when the trailer ended on “why can’t we change? why can’t we be kind?” the editor writing this started to have a hard go of it through the onslaught of tears. It feels so simple, but why, indeed?
- Well, he’ll snap back out of it (and out of the third person) with a trip over the the Hallmark Channel where today’s schloup du jour is Beverly Hills Wedding which we hope is a thirty year sequel to Shelly Long’s underrated classic Troop Beverly Hills. We won’t be disappointed? Right? Right? Also, schloup is a word if we say it is!