What to Watch Today

Sesame Street Turns 50, Little Mermaid Encore and More


On TV this Saturday: Sesame Street marks a milestone, BBC America dives back into Blue Planet and Freeform rebroadcasts The Little Mermaid Live. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • ABC, CBS, Fox
    College Football

    Seven games: Broadcast matchups include Penn State vs. Minnesota (12 pm, ABC); Maryland vs. Ohio State (12 pm, Fox); USC vs. Arizona State (3:30 pm, ABC); LSU vs. Alabama (3:30 pm, CBS); Iowa vs. Wisconsin (4 pm, Fox); Clemson vs. NC State (7:30 pm, ABC) and Iowa State at Oklahoma (8 pm, Fox).

  • HBO
    Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Celebrate 50 years of sunny days with special guests Whoopi Goldberg, Sterling K. Brown, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers and Itzhak Perlman; Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) hosts.

  • HBO
    The Kid Who Would Be King

    Premium cable premiere: When a young boy discovers the mythical sword Excalibur, he must team up with the mysterious Merlin to stop an evil witch; Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible) and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Four Weddings and a Funeral) star.

  • Lifetime Movies
    Amish Abduction

    TV-movie premiere: An Amish woman (A Series of Unfortunate Events‘ Sara Canning) finds her life upended when her husband leaves to live a “normal life” and tries to take their son away with him.

  • Hallmark Channel
    Picture a Perfect Christmas

    TV-movie premiere: An extreme-sports photographer (The Royals‘ Merritt Patterson) falls for a man (Shadowhunters‘ Jon Cor) who is taking care of his nephew.

  • Showtime
    The Professor

    Premium cable premiere: A college professor (Johnny Depp) takes his life into his own hands after he is diagnosed with a terminal disease; Rosemarie DeWitt (Black Mirror), Zoey Deutch (The Politician), Danny Huston (Succession) and Ron Livingston (A Million Little Things) co-star.

  • Lifetime
    Radio Christmas

    TV-movie premiere: To boost the numbers on her show, a local radio host (The Cosby Show‘s Keshia Knight Pulliam) sets out to discover the identity of the town’s mysterious Secret Santa.

  • Freeform
    The Little Mermaid Live

    Encore presentation: ABC’s well-watched fish tale aims to reel in even more viewers. But will you… take the bait? (Which songs were best?)

  • BBC America
    Blue Planet Now

    Docuseries premiere: Explore the wonders of the deep, blue sea in this follow up to Blue Planet II.

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Repeat to Revisit: Phoebe Waller-Bridge hosts; Taylor Swift performs. (Watch Kristen Stewart highlights; who’s hosting on Nov. 16?)