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News of the World Premiere, College Football and More

News of the World HBO Premiere

On TV this Saturday: Tom Hanks delivers News of the World, college football kicks off in earnest and Jodie Foster’s latest debuts on Showtime. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • ABC, Fox
    College Football

    Penn State visits Wisconsin (at 12 pm on Fox); Oklahoma plays Tulane (12 pm, ABC); Western Michigan takes on Michigan (12 pm, ESPN); Alabama tackles Miami (3:30 pm, ABC); West Virginia plays Maryland (3:30 pm, ESPN); Louisiana challenges Texas (4:30 pm, Fox); Texas Tech fights Houston (7 pm, ESPN); Georgia takes on Clemson; LSU and UCLA go head-to-head (8 pm, Fox); and BYU battles Arizona (10:30 pm, ESPN).

  • CBS
    8:46 Films

    Encore presentation (previously aired on BET): Four shorts clocking in at eight minutes and 46 seconds each  — the length of time it took to take George Floyd’s life — tell stories of Black love and joy; directors include Zoey Martinson (Betty), Camrus Johnson (Batwoman), Gibrey Allen (Volition) and Marshall Tyler (Cap).

  • Lifetime
    Cheer for Your Life

    TV-movie premiere: A humiliated teen (Killer Cheer Mom‘s Grace Patterson) lands in danger after another member of her squad is murdered; Allison McAtee (The Haves and the Have Nots) co-stars.

  • BBC America
    Eden: Untamed Planet

    Learn how the nature docuseries was filmed in this one-hour making-of special.

  • Showtime
    The Mauritanian

    Premium cable premiere: Three lawyers (Jodie Foster, Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch and Big Little Lies‘ Shailene Woodley) uncover a conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist (The Serpent‘s Tahar Rahim) imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years without charge.

  • HBO
    News of the World

    Premium cable premiere: A Civil War veteran (Tom Hanks) is tasked with returning a young girl to her only remaining family; Helena Zengel (System Crasher), Ray McKinnon (Deadwood) and Mare Winningham (The Outsider) co-star.

  • BBC America
    Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty

    Midseason premiere: After losing her two previous litters, Flint must protect her third, while trying to secure her home from the Ubuntu; an unexpected return signals potential disaster.

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Former cast member Kristin Wiig hosts this repeat from December; Dua Lipa performs. (Season 46 episodes, ranked!)

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