TV column for Saturday, Sept. 23


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.

Four days after the
election, with its people still in shock, “SNL” had some of its
finest moments.

Kate McKinnon (who
had been portraying Hillary Clinton) opened by singing a lovely
“Hallelujah.” Then Dave Chappelle – who won an Emmy for his
work here -- offered a long monolog. Later, he and Chris Rock had
some funny/poignant moments, as guys seeing their white friends get
their first taste of political despair. The music guest was A Tribe
Called Quest.

TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“The Mick,” 3:30 p.m. to midnight, FXX.

Three days before
its second season begins on Fox, the entire first season reruns here.
It's worth trying.

Short on money or
ambition, Mick (Kaitlin Olson) was just drifting. Then her rich
sister ran from the law, leaving her in charge of three
overprivileged kids, She resents the responsibility, but likes the
big house, the money and (especially) the wine cellar. In her
perverse way, she also tries to help the kids.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948), 8 p.m.
ET, Turner Classic Movies.

Two Hustons won
Academy Awards for this adventure classic about gold prospectors.

It was John for
directing and writing the film and his dad Walter as supporting
actor. Some 38 years later, Anjelica Huston (their daughter and
granddaughter) added a third generation of Oscar winners.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Halt and Catch Fire,” 9 p.m., AMC, rerunning at
10:08.

This started as a
brash journey into the male-dominated world of 1980s computers.
Somehow, it has become a deeply nuanced character study, with many of
the TV's most interesting females.

Two of them once
shared a company. Now Donna is a corporate type, sleek and demanding
and working for the even-more-demanding Diane; Cameron, in a mid-life
crisis at 32, has bought big acreage and a tiny trailer. And emerging
is Haley (Donna's daughter), avoiding her schoolwork so she can work
at her dad's company. Tonight, she moves to the top of a deep and
fascinating group.

Other choices
include:

Bourne films, all
day. TNT has the trilogy – crisp action films with Matt Damon as
the guy with great skills and no memory. The movies are at 3:15
(2002), 5:45 (2004) and 8 p.m. (2007); overlapping them, at 5:55 p.m.
on HBO, is “Jason Bourne,” which brought Damon back to the role
last year.

“Along Came Polly”
(2004), 7 p.m., CMT. Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston launch a night
of fairly good comedies. At 9, you can stick with CMT for Jim Carrey
and Aniston in “Buce Almighty” (2003) or go to FX for Melissa
McCarthy's “Spy” (2015). At 8, Comedy Central has “The
Hangover” (2009).

Football, 7:30 p.m.
ET ABC and 8 p.m., Fox. Those early-season mega-battles are done now
and college football settles into its weekly routine. ABC has
4th-ranked Penn State at Iowa; Fox has Notre Dame at
Michigan State. There's much more, on cable and throughout the day.

“NCIS: New
Orleans,” 8 p.m., CBS. After a SEAL candidate is killed, the team
reviews unorthodox training exercises. Also in this rerun, Dr. Wade
worries when her adopted son plans to join the Navy.

“Criminal Minds,”
9 p.m., CBS. Dr. Lewis (Aisha Tyler) faces a double problem in this
rerun. A man arrives believing he's her brother ... and knowing
everything about her and her family. Also, she can't get in touch
with her real sibling.

“Declassified,”
9 p.m., CNN (barring breaking news), rerunning at midnight. This
rerun views the effort to catch Haji Bagcho, the Afghan man believed
to once control one-fifth of all heroin sales.

“Oprah's Master
Class,” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Gladys Knight discusses a
vibrant life and career. That's a new hour, surrounded by hours that
are new (Usher, at 9 p.m. and midnight) and rerun (Steve Harvey, 8
and 11 p.m.).