WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2012 ― One thing is apparent when looking at Saturday’s television schedule, Americans love college football. Starting in the afternoon, all the major networks are covering games all the way through and including prime time, with one exception. The Breeder’s Cup Classic horse race is on NBC at 8 p.m., but never fear football fans, Rudy, a classic football movie, is on right after the horse race.
Other than football and The Breeder’s Cup, the only new non-sports show on a major network is Saturday Night Live at 11:30 p.m. on NBC, hosted by Louis C.K. Fortunately, there are a lot of good movies throughout the day to choose from, so for the few people who will not be watching a marathon of football games, there are other choices. You can always cruise the rest of this website for informative, thought provoking, and entertaining articles to read.
Whatever choice you make, I strongly suggest you turn the ringer down on your phone, if you do not want to spend the evening letting people try to convince you who to vote for on Tuesday. Rely on your cell phone for contact with the people that count in your life. Better yet, turn the DVR recorder on and the TV off, and join in the effort to help Sandy victims on a local level by organizing drives for blood and clothing. With the ringer turned down, and the TV off, you can spare yourself the agony of campaign propaganda. We may be divided on who to vote for, but I think everyone agrees they will be happy when it is all over.
College football ALL day Saturday.
8 p.m. Football and horse racing in this hour.
ABC: College football, consult local listings for games being shown.
CBS: College football, consult local listings for games being shown.
FOX: College football, consult local listings for games being shown.
NBC: Horse Racing: Breeder’s Cup Classic
9 p.m. More football and a movie about football in this hour.
NBC: (Movie) Rudy: THE underdog football movie. It still makes me tear up when they hoist Sean Astin on their shoulders at the end of the film.
A new episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories at 9 p.m. on BIO
New episodes of Dateline: Real Life Mysteries at 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC
A new episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet
For movie lovers:
Rudy at 8 p.m. on NBC
Rambo 4 at 8 p.m. on AMC
Medicine Man at 8 p.m. on FLIX
Star Trek The Motion Picture at 8 p.m. on IFC
In the Loop at 8 p.m. on SUNDANCE
Armageddon at 9 p.m. on FX
CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) Current and former senators, including the majority and minority Senate leaders, tell Steve Kroft why the U.S. Senate is bogged down in partisan gridlock.
8 p.m. Football and Seal Team Six’s story in this hour.
ABC: Once Upon a Time: (New) Captain Hook explains the challenges to acquiring the magic compass.
FOX: The Simpsons: (New) An auto accident sends Marge car shopping.
NBC: Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Falcons
National Geographic Channel: Seal Team six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden
CBS: Amazing Race 21: (New) The race continues in Istanbul, Turkey.
FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) Bob is worried his kids are not enjoying their summer because he’s making them work in the restaurant.
9 p.m. Testing bonds, mob proposals and crime writers in this hour.
ABC: Revenge: (New) Victoria (Madeline Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny) test the strength of their complicated bond.
FOX: Family Guy: (New) When Brian Learns that Carter Pewterschmidt’s drug company has developed a cure for cancer but is keeping it from the public to maximize profits, he and Stewie attempt to expose carter.
HBO: Boardwalk Empire: Van Alden (Michael Shannon) makes good on a debt; Billie (Meg Chambers Steedle) looks to transition from stage to screen, Andrew Mellon mulls a proposal from Nucky. (Steve Buscemi)
SHOWTIME: Dexter: Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) befriends a local crime writer who claims to have incriminating evidence on Hannah McKay; Quinn (Desmond Harrington) receives a strange offer.
CBS:The Good Wife: (New) When a female military officer accuses a civilian contractor of attempting to rape her in Afghanistan, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) tries to prove that he is not protected by a law prohibiting servicemen from suing the military.
FOX: American Dad: (New) With Stan spending so much time at the CIA hangout, Francine worries they are drifting apart.
10 p.m. Gambling, kidnapping and terrorism in this hour.
ABC: 666 Park Avenue: (New) Jane (Rachael Taylor) is devastated when she doesn’t receive much support from Henry (Dave Annable) or the detectives investigating the terror she experienced; Dr. Evans’ gambling addiction leads to him becoming indebted to Gavin (Terry O’Quinn).
SHOWTIME: Homeland: Dana’s (Morgan Saylor) visit to the hospital proves shocking; Faber’s (Diego Klattenhoff) interest in Tom Walker piques the CIA’s interest and Brody (Damian Lewis) agrees to team with Carrie (Claire Danes) and Quinn (Rupert Friend) to prevent an attack on the U.S.
CBS: The Mentalist: (New) A kidnapping investigation reveals that a couple’s abduction may stem from a case of mistaken identity.
A new episode of Mythbusters at 8 p.m. on Discovery
A new episode of Long Island Medium at 8 p.m. on TLC
New episodes of Extreme Houseboats at 8 and 9 p.m. on The Travel Channel
A new episode of The Walking Dead at 9 p.m. on AMC
A new episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
America’s Doomsday Plan at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel
A new episode of Doomsday Preppers at 10 p.m. on National Geographic Channel
A new episode of Outback Hunters at 10 p.m. on History Channel
For movie lovers:
The Hangover at 8 p.m. on TBS
Knight and Day at 9 p.m. on HBO
Remember the Titans at 9:30 p.m. on ABCFAM
Reality Bites at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Bend it Like Beckham at 10 p.m. on SUNDANCE