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Saturday, Jan. 28: Lifetime’s ‘Love by the 10th Date’

Love by the 10th Date Patrick Ecclesine Copyright 2017

All Times Eastern.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Love by the 10th Date
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Gabby (Meagan Good), Nell (Kellee Stewart), Billie (Keri Hilson) and Margot (Kelly Rowland) balance their adventures in dating with their jobs at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor Maureen (Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance). Inspired by the site’s relationship advice column, Gabby and Nell embark on their own quest for the elusive 10th date — the holy grail of commitment.

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Tennis: Australian Open Finals
ESPN, 3am Live

ESPN has live early-morning coverage of the Australian Open singles finals from Melbourne, with the ladies’ final on Saturday and the men’s final on Sunday. If sleep is your thing, ESPN2 airs encores of the final matches later in the morning.

College Basketball
CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 12pm Live

A full day of college basketball action is in store with Texas A&M at West Virginia (ESPN), North Carolina at Miami (CBS), Florida at Oklahoma (ESPN), DePaul at Creighton (FS1), Iowa State at Vanderbilt (ESPN2), Baylor at Ole Miss (ESPN2), Kansas at Kentucky (ESPN) and Gonzaga at Pepperdine (ESPN2).

Smucker’s Skating Spectacular
NBC, 2:30pm

NBC airs the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular exhibition that closed out the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last weekend at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

NBA Basketball: L.A. Clippers at Golden State
ABC, 8:30pm Live

Chris Paul and the L.A. Clippers visit Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in a Saturday primetime NBA matchup on ABC.

Sunday, Jan. 29

College Basketball
CBS, FOX & FS1, beginning at 1pm Live

The NFL is off today (except the Pro Bowl, which doesn’t count), so why not catch up on college basketball? Highlights include Michigan at Michigan State (CBS), Virginia at Villanova (FOX), Washington at Arizona (FOX) and Xavier at St. John’s (FS1).

NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City at Cleveland
ABC, 3:30pm Live

This Sunday afternoon NBA matchup on ABC has Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting LeBron James and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

2017 NHL All-Star Game
NBC, 3:30pm Live

The NHL’s best players head to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game on NBC. The divisional tournament format returns this year, featuring three 20-minute games of 3-on-3 hockey.

Miss Universe
FOX, 7pm Live
Gorgeous women descend upon the Philippines for the iconic Miss Universe pageant — a beauty contest that decides far more than worldwide bragging rights — this one’s for the fairest maiden in the entire universe! In your face, Miss Uranus! After a disastrous snafu during the last competition, Steve Harvey returns as host, with model, designer and body activist Ashley Graham serving as the telecast’s backstage host.

NFL Pro Bowl
ESPN, 7:50pm Live
Super Bowl LI is a week away, but the Pro Bowl all-star game might fill the football gap for some. The Pro Bowl returns to its classic AFC vs. NFC format after three years of selecting teams through a fantasy-style draft. Usually played in Hawaii, this year’s Pro Bowl is at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Under Siege”
CBS, 8pm
Things go from bad to worse for the NCIS team in the new episode “Under Siege.” Hetty (Linda Hunt) goes rogue, leaving the NCIS team completely in the dark, and the mole kidnaps one of the agents.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
TNT & TBS, 8pm Live
Of all the accolades and awards bestowed on actors, the SAG Awards remain the only awards show where winners are selected entirely by performers’ peers.

Madam Secretary: “The Beautiful Game”
CBS, 9pm
Things get ugly in the new episode “The Beautiful Game” after an influential rabbi organizing a symbolic Iran/Israel soccer game is killed, and Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) and Jay’s (Sebastian Arcelus) peace treaty plans for the two countries are jeopardized.

Tom Brokaw at NBC News: The First 50 Years
NBC, 9pm
This two-hour, all-star Dateline NBC special celebrates the 50th anniversary of veteran anchor and special correspondent Tom Brokaw at NBC. The program features his most memorable highlights and famous interviews from the start of his career reporting on Ronald Reagan’s first run for office all the way up to Brokaw’s most recent coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. Brokaw’s in-depth conversations with A-list leaders of business, politics and culture include guests Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Jon Stewart, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Powell, David Letterman, Sheryl Sandberg, Lester Holt, Maria Shriver, Lorne Michaels, Nikki Haley, Jim Webb, Wes Moore and Thomas Friedman.

Black Sails
Starz, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The 10-episode fourth and final season of the high-seas drama returns, finding the pirates at war in the West Indies. The time calls for dark men to do dark things, so expect disorder on the grandest of scales to destroy the civilized world.

Conviction: “Past, Prologue & What’s To Come”
ABC, 10pm
Everyone’s future hangs in the balance as Hayes (Hayley Atwell) revisits a failed case from her days as a defense attorney — the very case on which she met Wallace (Eddie Cahill) — while a member of the CIU team must reckon with previous improper actions.

The Affair
Showtime, 10pm
Season Finale!

Noah’s (Dominic West) visit to Paris provides Juliette (guest star Irène Jacob) with a distraction from unpleasant realities at home, but subsequent tragedy brings her true priorities into sharper focus. A chance encounter offers Noah the possibility of healing a relationship in desperate need of repair.

Top Secret Waterfalls
Travel Channel, 10pm
From Italy’s massive Cascata delle Marmore, hand-built by the ancient Romans, to beachside beauties in Hawaii and California, to the brightest blue water in the world in Costa Rica’s Rio Celeste, this program explores and ranks 10 unique waterfalls.

Monday, Jan. 30

College Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live

The Duke Blue Devils visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are at the Oklahoma Sooners in ESPN’s Monday night college hoops doubleheader.

Gotham: “Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”
FOX, 8pm
Winter Finale!
With Jerome (guest star Cameron Monaghan) on the loose with one target in mind, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfred’s (Sean Pertwee) safety is compromised. Meanwhile, Detective James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) uncle, Frank (guest star James Remar), pays him a visit.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

Reggie Jackson leads the Detroit Pistons into Boston’s TD Garden for a meeting with Al Horford and the Celtics, followed by Marc Gasol’s Memphis Grizzlies in Phoenix to take on Tyson Chandler and the Suns.

The Odd Couple
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
Season 3 of The Odd Couple comes to a close with two episodes tonight. In “The God Couple,” Felix (Thomas Lennon) helps Dani (Yvette Nicole Brown) prepare for a choir solo and encourages the group to attend church to support her. Then in “Conscious Odd Coupling,” Oscar (Matthew Perry) and Felix decide it might be best to change their living arrangement and find new roommates.

Lucifer: “A Good Day to Die”
FOX, 9pm
Winter Finale!
Lucifer (Tom Ellis) travels to Hell in search of an antidote to the Professor’s (Tim DeKay) poison before it kills Chloe (Lauren German).

Quantico: “JMPALM”
ABC, 10pm
To teach them a lesson on the necessity of betrayal, Owen (Blair Underwood) gives the recruits a mission to get the Venezuelan Consul Gabriel Carrera (Hamilton’s Javier Muñoz) to turn on his country. In the future, Alex (Priyanka Chopra) is forced to team up with Miranda (Aunjanue Ellis) to save the hostages, while President Claire Haas (Marcia Cross) has a plan to end the crisis once and for all.

Becoming Warren Buffett
HBO, 10pm
Warren Buffett is truly one of a kind. Though he boasts a net worth of more than $60 billion, the 86-year-old investor still lives in a modest Omaha, Neb., home and continues to drive himself to the office every morning. There, he manages Berkshire Hathaway, the fifth largest public company in the world. While his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality might surprise, Buffett’s exemplary moral core is truly his hallmark, leading him to unimaginable fortune and inspiring him to give much of it away via some of the largest philanthropic donations in history. This uplifting documentary chronicles the evolution of an ambitious, numbers-obsessed Nebraska boy into one of the richest, most respected men in the world.

Timeless: “Karma Chameleon”
NBC, 10pm
Wyatt (Matt Lanter) convinces Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) to steal the Lifeboat for an unauthorized mission to prevent the killer of Wyatt’s wife from ever being born. Lucy (Abigail Spencer) must cover for them in the present, as Agent Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey) discovers the ship is missing and Anthony Bruhl (guest star Matt Frewer) makes an alarming confession.

POV: “Seven Songs for a Long Life”
PBS, 10pm
Visit Strathcarron, a Scottish hospice center where patients face pain, uncertainty and the possible end of life with song and humor. Hear tunes belted out by patients and caregivers, as well as reflections on life, love and mortality.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017
CBS, 8pm
In this interactive countdown special, fans get to vote on CBS.com for their favorite “Bigger Is Better” or “Less Is More” Super Bowl commercials, with the winner revealed at the end of the show. The NFL Today’s Boomer Esiason and NCIS: Los Angeles’ Daniela Ruah host the show from NRG Stadium in Houston, the site of Super Bowl LI.

The Fosters
Freeform, 8pm
New Episodes!
The winter season picks up immediately after the dramatic cliffhanger finale with Jesus knocked out by Mariana’s ex-boyfriend Nick and Callie trapped in the car with Troy Johnson, who she fears is the true killer of Martha Johnson. Jesus will be rushed to the hospital and into surgery, his family anxiously waiting to hear about the extent of his injury. Meanwhile, Callie will try to get out of her situation only to end up in a more dangerous one.

Switched at Birth
Freeform, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In the premiere of the groundbreaking series’ fifth and final season, Daphne and Bay have traveled to China for an adventure. Fast-forward 10 months and Daphne is working at a Chinese medical clinic and Bay is a tattoo artist. They are having the time of their lives when a phone call changes their plans and sends them rushing home.

American Experience: “The Race Underground”
PBS, 9pm
Learn how America’s first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country.

Face Off: All Stars: “The Devil Is in the Details”
Syfy, 9pm
The teams work to create angel and devil characters in the first elimination challenge of the season.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

31 Days of Oscar
TCM, beginning at 6am
Turner Classic Movies’ annual event features an entire month of Oscar-nominated and -winning features from its collection. This year’s theme is Oscars from A to Z, with the films being aired in alphabetical order beginning today with Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), and concluding early morning March 4 with Z (1969).

Hunted: “Operation Cupid’s Revenge”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Operation Cupid’s Revenge,” the Hunters set up a fake online dating profile in an attempt to lure two fugitives out of hiding, and a pair of video game enthusiasts discover that their online skills may not translate to the real world.

Showtime at the Apollo
FOX, 8pm
Steve Harvey hosts this one-hour special of music and comedy from Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. Artists participating in the event include the legendary Chaka Khan; T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa; Mike Epps; and Gabriel Iglesias. The special will also feature the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night — where up-and-coming artists perform in front of the world’s toughest audience.

Spy in the Wild
PBS, 8pm
New Miniseries!
More than 30 animatronic “spy cameras” disguised as animals secretly record animal behavior in the wild. These Spy Creatures reveal that animals show emotions and behavior similar to humans — a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, cooperate and invent. In the first episode, “Love,” explore the rarely seen emotions of animals. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love and are mourned by a troop of monkeys!

Madiba
BET, 9pm
New Miniseries!
As the cornerstone of its Black History Month programming, BET is airing the three-part, six-hour movie event Madiba, starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela. The film is described as a “definitive” story of the revolutionary and politician who was the face of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and who later served as the country’s first black president in the years following apartheid. Orlando Jones, David Harewood and Terry Pheto also star. The film airs over three Wednesdays starting tonight.

The 100
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In the Season 3 finale, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) destroyed the artificial intelligence being, A.L.I.E., despite A.L.I.E.’s claim that she is humanity’s only hope. This season, Clarke will discover if Earth faces a new threat — worldwide nuclear meltdown — and plan humanity’s survival.

Vikings
History, 9pm
Season Finale!
The fourth season comes to a close tonight with Prince Aethelwulf finding himself subject to the Vikings’ battle master plan. Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.

NOVA: “Search for the Super Battery”
PBS, 9pm
Renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet.

The Magicians: “Hotel Spa Potions”
Syfy, 9pm
Quentin, Alice, Penny and Margo seek a new weapon. Meanwhile, Eliot struggles with being king, and Julia and The Beast find an unexpected ally.

Aurora — Fire in the Sky
PBS, 10pm
Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions. Investigate the myths of Finland’s Sami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori.

The Expanse
Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The epic space opera returns for Season 2 with limited-commercial, back-to-back airings of the season’s first two episodes. Along with the original actors returning, this season Frankie Adams joins the cast as Martian Marine badass Bobbie Draper. As Season 2 unfolds, tensions between each division continue to grow, positioning the crew of the Rocinante in an ever more precarious situation. And the Protomolecule threatens the safety of the entire solar system, while the larger conspiracy that led to its unleashing begins to be exposed.

Suits: “The Painting”
USA Network, 10pm
Harvey (Gabriel Macht) tries to repair a broken relationship, leaving Louis (Rick Hoffman), Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) to manage PSL in his absence. Meanwhile, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) gets a helping hand from an unexpected place.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Grey’s Anatomy: “Jukebox Hero”
ABC, 8pm
Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and the attending doctors set out to make Eliza’s (Marika Dominczyk) first day at Grey Sloan a bumpy one. Meanwhile, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tries to track down Alex (Justin Chambers).

Hell’s Kitchen: “Leaving It on the Line”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
It’s down to the top two chef-testants and Chef Ramsay surprises them with makeovers before taking them to the premiere of a new musical. But when the two arrive at the theater, actor Rob Morrow (Numb3rs, Northern Exposure) reveals this is their final challenge — they must create four dishes in an hour in front of a huge audience! Celebrity chefs help decide the winner of the challenge, and the final dinner service features celebrity diners. In the end, Chef Ramsay announces the Season 16 winner of Hell’s Kitchen.

Superstore: “Ladies’ Lunch”
NBC, 8pm
During the morning meeting, Glenn (Mark McKinney) accidentally tells the employees the real reason Amy (America Ferrera) has been late to work lately. Meanwhile, Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to cheer up Amy by kidnapping her for a “ladies’ lunch.” Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) invent a game to pass the time, tricking Glenn and Mateo (Nico Santos) in the process. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) helps Amy take a fearless step with a dramatic new look.

Superior Donuts
CBS, 8:30pm
New Series!
Donut shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch) struggles with the gentrification of his beloved Chicago neighborhood and meets his match when he hires charismatic hustler Franco (Jermaine Fowler) as his sole employee. While both men want to protect the legacy of the neighborhood breakfast spot, Arthur wants to keep things as they are, while Franco has plans to bring the humble shop into the 21st century.

Powerless
NBC, 8:30pm
New Series!
Set in the DC Comics universe, this workplace comedy stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily Locke, the new director of research and development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Bruce Wayne’s Wayne Enterprises. The company specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer in the wake of collateral damage caused by superheroes and supervillains in Charm City. Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk also star.

Scandal: “Hardball”
ABC, 9pm
In the aftermath of the shocking election results, flashbacks reveal what just happened on the campaign trail and how far Olivia (Kerry Washington) was willing to go to win. Meanwhile, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) face an unprecedented national crisis.

30 for 30: “This Was the XFL”
ESPN, 9pm

Charlie Ebersol directs this 30 for 30 documentary about the XFL, the pro football league created by WWE’s Vince McMahon and NBC’s Dick Ebersol that played its lone season in 2001 and introduced America to Rod “He Hate Me” Smart.

Chicago Med: “Mirror Mirror”
NBC, 9pm
Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) treat a teenage girl with a rapidly changing set of symptoms that has everyone perplexed. Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and medical student Jeff Clark (guest star Jeff Hephner) encounter a 19 year-old tough guy who is brought into the hospital in severe distress. Once they establish the cause of the pain, the situation quickly turns dangerous, and a resolved Dr. Reese (Rachel DiPillo) does her best to help.

How to Get Away With Murder: “Not Everything’s About Annalise”
ABC, 10pm
Annalise (Viola Davis) reaches her breaking point as she struggles to adapt to life behind bars — but a surprise confession could change everything. Meanwhile, the Keating 4 find their own freedom at risk when they discover the D.A.’s investigation is much bigger than they thought.

Training Day
CBS, 10pm
New Series!
Bill Paxton and impressive newcomer Justin Cornwell star in this series update of the hit 2001 thriller. The action-packed dramedy is executive produced by action master Jerry Bruckheimer and director Antoine Fuqua, who guided Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke to Oscar nominations (Washington won Best Actor) in the original. “You’ve got the dynamic that you had in the original movie, but it’s 15 years later,” says Paxton, who plays wisecracking, rule-bending Detective Frank Rourke. “As you get towards the last couple episodes, it goes directly back into the movie, insomuch as characters like Tom Berenger’s comes back. Justin’s character, Kyle, finds his way to a secret group who really are those characters from the movie, who still control a lot of things in the shadows and behind the scenes.”

The Blacklist: “Natalie Luca”
NBC, 10pm
The task force chases an elusive assassin who kills by imparting a fatal disease on her victims. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) enlists Tom (Ryan Eggold) for an undercover operation inside his criminal organization.

Colony: “Panopticon”
USA Network, 10pm
Jennifer (Kathleen Rose Perkins) keeps an eye on the Bowman house. The family encounters unexpected challenges when Charlie (Jacob Buster) returns home.

Friday, Feb. 3

Santa Clarita Diet
Netflix
New Series!
Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife real estate agents leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change that sends their lives down a road of death and destruction … but in a good way.

“Star Trek: The Original Series” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 4pm
Spend Friday night with Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk (William Shatner) in a stunt of classic Star Trek episodes, including the two-part episode “The Menagerie,” in which Spock faces a court-martial.

MacGyver: “Fish Scaler”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Fish Scaler,” MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Jack (George Eads) must track down a corrupt FBI agent who has framed a man for murder.

Grimm: “The Seven Year Itch”
NBC, 8pm
After being dormant for seven years, a new Wesen is unearthed with a deadly hunger. Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) join Wu (Reggie Lee) to investigate a bizarre murder in a local park. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to deal with a ghost from his past. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) visit the doctor to see if Diana’s (guest star Hannah R. Loyd) premonition is true.

Dr. Ken: “A Dr. Ken Valentine’s Day”
ABC, 8:30pm
Ken (Ken Jeong) lets Allison (Suzy Nakamura) think he wrote her the love poem Dave (Albert Tsai) penned for Emily (guest star Zooey Jeong). Clark (Jonathan Slavin) plans a romantic scavenger hunt for Connor (Stephen Guarino). And complications arise when Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and Eric (Jerry Minor) have dinner at a restaurant that she and Pat (Dave Foley) frequented when they were dating.

Hawaii Five-0: “Ka Pa’ani Nui (Big Game)”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Ka Pa’ani Nui (Big Game),” Five-0 works a murder case involving the illegal practice of shark finning, which leads to the discovery that a former Nazi war criminal may be hiding out in an old leprosy colony in Hawaii.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
Rebecca’s (Rachel Bloom) father (guest star John Allen Nelson) makes a surprise appearance, which gets Rebecca’s hopes up for her future, while Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) takes a hard look at himself.

Emerald City: “Beautiful Wickedness”
NBC, 9pm
Dorothy’s (Adria Arjona) confrontation with the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) brings her closer to discovering the truth about her past. Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) goes to great lengths to recover his memory, even if it means allying with West (Ana Ularu). The Wizard enacts his plan with Langwidere (guest star Stefanie Martini) to prepare for the battle to come.

Live From Lincoln Center: “50 Years of Mostly Mozart”
PBS, 9pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the genius of Mozart with signature performances and new commissions.

Saturday, Feb. 4

College Basketball: Pittsburgh at Duke
CBS, 1pm Live

The Pittsburgh Panthers visit Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., for a Saturday afternoon college hoops clash with the Duke Blue Devils on CBS.

Let’s Be Cops
FX, 8pm

In this 2014 comedy starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Riggle, two buddies attend a costume party dressed up as cops. As people start to mistake them for genuine cops, things get real, and they find themselves in the middle of an actual case.

NBA Basketball: Cleveland at New York
ABC, 8:30pm Live

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers head to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for this Saturday primetime matchup against Derrick Rose and the Knicks.

Walking the Dog
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Jennifer Finnigan and Sam Page star as rival lawyers who battle each other in court while their respective dogs fall madly in love. The smooching pooches bring their guardians together at every turn until the stubborn humans realize that puppy love belongs to more than just their pets.

Saturday Night Live: “Kristen Stewart/Alessia Cara”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Kristen Stewart, star of the upcoming feature film Personal Shopper, makes her first SNL hosting appearance tonight. Musical guest Alessia Cara is also an SNL first-timer.