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SNL Season 45 Premiere

On TV this Saturday: Woody Harrelson presides over the SNL premiere, CBS gives viewers a second chance to sample its new sitcoms and Freeform airs a late-night Emergence encore. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC
    College Football

    Seven games: Among the broadcast-network matchups are Northwestern vs. Wisconsin (12 pm, ABC); Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma (12 pm, Fox); Clemson vs. North Carolina (3:30 pm, ABC); Ole Miss vs. Alabama (3:30 pm, CBS); Virginia vs. Notre Dame (3:30 pm, NBC); USC vs. Washington (3:30 pm, Fox) and Ohio State vs. Nebraska (7:30 pm, ABC).

  • HBO
    Isn't It Romantic

    Premium cable premiere: A romantically cynical architect (Pitch Perfect‘s Rebel Wilson) wakes up in an alternate universe where she is the star of a romantic comedy; Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Adam Devine (The Righteous Gemstones), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico) and Betty Gilpin (GLOW) co-star.

  • Lifetime
    Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story

    TV-movie premiere: A 15-year-old girl is sent to a conversion therapy home in Utah against her will, after she comes out as gay to her devout Mormon parents.

  • CBS
    Bob Hearts Abishola

    Series premiere encore: A compression-sock business owner (Mike & Molly‘s Billy Gardell) falls for his cardiac nurse (Transparent‘s Folake Olowofoyeku). (Read recap.)

  • CBS
    Carol’s Second Act

    Series premiere encore: A retired schoolteacher (Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Patricia Heaton) pursues her dream of becoming a doctor. (Read recap.)

  • BBC America
    Planet Earth: Nature's Great Events

    70 minutes: The plankton bloom transforms the seas of Alaska into a rich wonderland for the local whales and sea lions.

  • CBS
    All Rise

    Series premiere encore: A newly appointed judge (Luke Cage‘s Simone Missick) begins pushing boundaries in the courtroom. (Read recap.)

  • Freeform
    Emergence

    Series premiere encore: In this ABC drama, a police chief (Fargo‘s Allison Tolman) takes in a young girl (Billions‘ Alexa Swinton) she finds near the site of a mysterious accident, and who has no recollection of what happened. (Read recap.)

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Season 45 premiere: Zombieland‘s Woody Harrelson hosts; Billie Eilish performs; new cast members include Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman and… yep, that’s everyone! (Watch promo; who’s hosting on Oct. 5?)