On TV this weekend: Tina Fey ushers in Saturday Night Live‘s new season, Breaking Bad cooks its very last batch, and The Good Wife, Homeland, Once Upon a Time and 12 other shows premiere. All told, here are 21 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Noon — 6pm Homeland marathon (Showtime) | Revisit the first six episodes of Season 2 here, and the others on Sunday starting at noon.
8 pm The Cheating Pact (Lifetime) | Three high school students convince a shy classmate to take the college entrance test for them, only to become suspects in her murder shortly after the exam.
9 pm Hell On Wheels (AMC) | Riders attack Cheyenne, and General Grant’s deadline approaches.
9 pm The White Queen (Starz) | Paranoia and fear threaten Anne Neville’s family in a deadly way.
10 pm 48 Hours (CBS) | Season 27 premiere: The program reports on the 1980 “Sweetheart Murders.”
11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Season 39 premiere: Beloved alum Tina Fey hosts, Arcade Fire performs. Will we be lucky enough to see Tina behind the Weekend Update desk? (Watch her promo.)
8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Season 23 premiere: The teams are off and running (literally) to their first destination: Iquique, Chile. (Check out the cast.)
8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Season 3 premiere: Very vicious mermaids and Peter Pan threaten those traveling to Neverland to find Henry. (Note: The recap special Journey to Neverland airs at 7 pm.) (Read in-depth preview.)
8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Season 25 premiere: Lisa suspects Homer may have been “turned” when he returns from a nuclear plant operators convention. Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig guest-voices a Homeland-esque FBI agent. (Check out this circus-centric artwork for Fox’s Animation Domination slate.)
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers (Fox) | Season 4 premiere: On a camping adventure, Bob, Linda and the kids face the perils of nature… and Bob’s intestines. (Shouldn’t have touched those strange berries, Bob!)
9 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Series finale: “The story concludes.” Yes, that is really all we can give you. (Note: The finale runs 75 minutes, followed immediately afterward by an hour-long Talking Bad.
9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Season 5 premiere: Alicia works to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer while also plotting her exit from the firm with Cary. (Get scoop.)
9 pm Revenge (ABC) | Season 3 premiere: The return of Victoria’s long-lost son (Smallville‘s Justin Hartley) complicates the Grayson family. (Watch the stars dish on set!)
9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Season 12 premiere: Peter is convinced that a restaurant placemat is a treasure map, spurring a Quahog-wide scavenger hunt. Lea Thompson, Yvette Nicole Brown guest-voice.
9:30 pm American Dad (Fox) | Season 9 premiere: Steve and Snot turn to the CIA’s cloning machine to churn out two dates for the high school prom.
10 pm Betrayal (ABC) | Series premiere: Married Sara (Hannah Ware) has an affair with an attorney (Stuart Townsend), only to learn her husband (Chris Johnson) will be facing off against him in a big murder case.
10 pm Masters of Sex (Showtime) | Series premiere: Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon) and his assistant Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) study human sexuality. (See an exclusive first look.)
10 pm Eastbound & Down (HBO) | Season 4 premiere: Children’s Hospital‘s Ken Marino joins the comedy’s final season as Guy Young, a middle-aged athlete who loves to party.