TV column for Saturday, May 19


TODAY'S MIGHT-SEE:
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.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
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).

TONIGHT'S
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
satire.

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.

TONIGHT'S
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
include:

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.