TV column for Saturday, May 19

Royal wedding, 7 a.m. ET, everywhere.

This may require an
early wake-up. You'll need time to prepare tea and crumpets, put up
your posters and -- for sports fans – drink beer and place bets.
(Hint: The smart money is on “I do.”)

The hourlong
ceremony is only part of it. Plans (subject to late change) have
coverage starting a 4 a.m. ET on CBS, PBS and BBC America; 4:30 on
NBC; and 5 a.m. on ABC, E, Freeform and TLC. That's alongside the
perpetual coverage on the news channels.

Wedding aftermath.

Some of us may
forget to be up in time for the ceremony; others will want to relive
it all. Not to worry, there are marathon follow-ups on BBC America (9
a.m. to 4 p.m.), E (10 to 3) and news channels.

There are also
recaps. You can catch two-hour ones on BBC America at 4, 6, 8 or 10
p.m. and on CBS at 8 p.m.; one-hour ones are on E (7 p.m.), ABC (10
p.m.) and TLC (10:07).

ALTERNATIVE: “Saturday Night Live” season-finale, 11:29 p.m.,
NBC, and more.

After a string of
sharp episodes, “SNL” had a so-so one last week, with Amy Schumer
hosting. Now there's every reason to expect an instant comeback: Tina
Fey – the former “SNL” head writer –hosts, Nicki Minaj is
music guest and this might be a night for both royal and political

And if you can't
wait for that? Two “SNL” alumni, Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon,
will cover the wedding on HBO via their alter-egos, Cord and Tish.
That's 7:30-9:30 a.m., rerunning at 9:45 p.m.

ALTERNATIVE II: Royal movies, wedding movies.

Commoners seem to
keep marrying royalty. Here are two movies that ran in theaters –
the bland “The Prince and Me” (2004) at 10 a.m. on Freeform and
the clever “Enchanted” (2007) at 3 p.m. on E. Also, Hallmark
reruns royal romances at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 12:30, 3, 5 and 7
p.m., with a new one at 9.

Others simply use
weddings for comedy fodder. E has two so-so films, “Bride Wars”
(2009) at 5 p.m. and “27 Dresses” (2008) at 8 and 10:30; USA has
the fun “Wedding Crashers” (2005) at 11:30 a.m.

Other choices

Royal documentaries,
morning, cable. TLC has separate profiles of Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle, at 9 and 10 a.m,; Reelz profiles their romance at 8 a.m.,
then has other royal documentaries until 1 p.m.

“Dater's Handbook”
(2016), 10:30 a.m., Hallmark. Markle is known mainly for “Suits,”
but she did star in this Hallmark film. She plays a wedding planner
who decides to try an organized approach to dating. Kristoffer Polaha
and Jonathan Scarfe co-star.

“American Idol,”
8-10 p.m., ABC. On Sunday, the show's top three singers will have
their last chance to draw votes, with the winner announced the next
day. First, this rerun hs the top five performing.

“Farenheit 451,”
8 p.m., HBO. Ray Bradbury's censorship tale has seemed timely in 1953
(the novel), in '66 (the FrancoisTruffaut movie) and, alas, now, with
this remake.

“Patrick Melrose,”
9 p.m., Showtime. In last week's opener, we learned that Patrick is a
mess. Now – in what's virtually an hourlong flashback – we learn
why. Some of the side characters are terrific, but the main one
(Patrick's cruel and bitter father) is merely a drab monotone.

“Royally Ever
After,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark. After all those reruns, Hallmark has
this new movie in which – surprise? -- a young American learns that
her fiance is a prince.

More Meghan, 10 and
11 p.m., cable. At 10, Smithsonian reruns the Markle hour of its
“Million Dollar American Princesses” series; that's preceded at 8
p.m. by “The Queen at 90” and followed at 11 by documentaries on
the Buckingham and Windsor worlds. And at 11:02, Lifetime reruns
“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”; it's a surprisingly good
movie ... but you may have reached overload.