“Saturday Night Live” returns with two superstars. “48 Hours” turns 30, and then turns to O.J.
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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 11:30 p.m. on NBC. In its 42nd season, “Saturday Night Live” rode an orange wig and a blue pantsuit to its biggest ratings and cultural relevancy in years. In accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series this month, Lorne Michaels said the season was “as crazy, as unpredictable, as frightening, as exhausting, as exhilarating” as the show’s very first. He’ll hope to recapture the same magic this year, despite the departures of three longtime cast members in Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata. Jay-Z will be the musical guest for the first time since 2010, while Ryan Gosling, top, the star of “Blade Runner 2049,” will host. And Alec Baldwin has said that he will return this season with his now famous sour-faced presidential imitation, which has drawn President Trump’s ire.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2015) 7 and 10 p.m. on FXX. You might want to skip the sequel: “Kingsman: The Golden Circles” arrived in theaters this month to tepid reviews. (“Nothing is of consequence, and the glibness grows numbing,” wrote Jeannette Catsoulis in her Times review.) But the original whips forward with a manic gale force. Colin Firth, below, stars as a spy hiding beneath a Savile Row tailor shop, tasked with bringing a newcomer (Taron Egerton) into the ranks.
48 HOURS 9 p.m. on CBS. With its murder investigations and crime stories, “48 Hours” has faithfully held down a prime time spot on CBS for decades, racking up 20 Emmys and 3 Peabody Awards along the away. The show will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a double feature. “O.J. Simpson: Endgame,” at 9 p.m., looks once more on the Trial of the Century and then turns to the future of Mr. Simpson, who was granted parole and could be released from prison imminently. “The Widow on Solway Road,” about a woman who had two husbands die unusual deaths, follows at 10.
HALT AND CATCH FIRE 9 p.m. on AMC. In “Who Needs a Guy,” Joe and Gordon discuss Comet’s future. A new collaborator challenges Cameron, while Bos and Diane make a life-altering choice.
AMERICAN VANDAL on Netflix. “I fully acknowledge how dumb this all sounds. But is it just stupid enough to make sense?” asks the narrator of Netflix’s new comedy, “American Vandal,” in its second episode. The answer is yes. “American Vandal” is an uproarious, proudly idiotic sendup of “Serial” and its true crime brethren, combing through conflicting timelines, cellphone records and bizarre tangential leads to investigate the genesis of some profane parking lot graffiti. The dumb jock sure seems like he did it, but could a treacly Spanish teacher have it out for him? The school’s gangly cub reporter, complete with Sarah Koenig glasses, chases down the truth. There’s very little at stake here, but plenty to laugh about.
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