Weekend Preview: ‘Westworld’ Premieres; ‘SNL’ Is Back, And ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Ends

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Westworld (HBO, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — HBO’s highly-anticipated sci-fi drama is finally here, and the consensus amongst those who have seen tonight’s premiere episode is that it’s pretty good. The show is set in an Old West theme park where guests interact with automaton “hosts,” but the park’s head of programming is alarmed by subtle changes in some of their main attractions. Watch out. This show will be your new TV addiction.

Saturday Night Live (NBC, Saturday 11:30 p.m.) — Season 42 kicks off with Margot Robbie hosting and The Weeknd performing. It’s going to look and feel a lot different. We’ve said goodbye to veterans Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, so a new crop of hopefuls will be making their debut and Alec Baldwin will be donning the Cheeto wig as Donald Trump this season.

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, Sunday 9:00/10:00 p.m.) — Travis is blindsided by residents of the hotel (Do they kill Chris? Please tell us they kill Chris.) and Nick is faced with a difficult decision: leave Colonia or stay with Luciana. Later, in the season two finale, Travis’ rage causes unrest at the RBH and forces Madison to make a terrible choice while Nick takes on leadership of Colonia.

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Something called the Crepe Grand Prix has the contestants racing against each other for the chance to win a luxurious dining experience on a yacht in Santa Barbara. Later, one team struggles during a dinner service that features some A-list guests.

Last Man Standing (ABC, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — When Mandy and Kyle’s wedding shower falls on the same day as a big football game, Mike persuades the pair to have two separate showers. Of course, the boys’ party gets out of hand.

MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Jack searches for his missing ex-girlfriend, who disappeared after securing evidence against an international arms dealer in Venezuela. In the real world, she’d probably be dead. On MacGyver, she’s probably just locked in a shipping container or a freezer and MacGyver will rescue her with a rubber band and a paper clip.

Dr. Ken (ABC, Friday 8:30 p.m.) — Allison’s first day at Welltopia gets off to a rough start when she and Ken disagree on a diagnosis. Meanwhile, Damona introduces her new boyfriend, prompting Pat to come clean about re-entering the dating pool, and Dave turns to his grandfather for a makeover in order to be more popular at school.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — The team works with rogue MI-6 agent Harry Langford to hunt down a terrorist with some concerning plans for the nuclear reactors hiding across Europe.

Shark Tank (ABC, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — A culinary ninja proposes heat-and-eat paleo meals; a father and son team pitch a device that catches fish hooks; and we get an update on Kevin O’Leary’s Season 7 investment in a motion-activated toilet-bowl light.

Z Nation (Syfy, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — Murphy sets off on his new mission while the group encounters the only remaining survivor of a strange town.

The Exorcist (Fox, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — After Tomas escapes from Saint Aquinas, Father Marcus finds him and urges him to cut his ex out of his life. Elsewhere, Rance’s relationship with the demon deepens; Marcus catches Angela stealing holy water; and bizarre ritual killings surface in Chicago’s south side.

Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00 p.m.) — Danny and Baez investigate the death of an elderly woman killed by a stray bullet while still in her home.

Van Helsing (Syfy, Friday 10:00 p.m.) — A damaged power source leaves the humans vulnerable to a vampire attack, so Vanessa and Axl head out into Seattle to find the parts they need in order to repair the thing.

Versailles (Ovation, Saturday 10:00 p.m.) — The series premiere of this lavish historical drama set in France follows the reign of King Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” as he builds his opulent palace and navigates court intrigue.

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — Season 2 premieres with Ash, Pablo and Kelly summoned back to Ash’s hometown by Ruby, forming an unusual alliance, but Ash doesn’t receive a warm welcome from his father or the townspeople.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — With one team member still in ICU after that disastrous mission in Syria and another in Washington, D.C. being questioned about the mole situation, the team is forced to investigate an abduction case minus two.

Once Upon a Time (ABC, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — Belle turns to Hook in hiding from Gold; a mysterious man with connections to the Evil Queen arrives in town; and Emma shares her terrifying premonition with Archie.

The Simpsons (Fox, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — Mr. Burns searches for a clan to play his virtual-reality family and stumbles upon the Simpsons. He recruits the family, except for Homer since Burns will be playing the dad. With nothing to do, Homer befriends the lady next door, a woman who eats, drinks, thinks and acts like him.

Son of Zorn (Fox, Sunday 8:30 p.m.) — When hot sauce is stolen from the break room, Zorn pits his co-workers against one of their own.

Blunt Talk (Starz, Sunday 8:35 p.m.) — Blunt Talk is back for season two. In tonight’s premiere, Walter rekindles a romance with a former flame who is investigating an important story while Jim and Celia celebrate three months together, and Rosalie adapts to being without Teddy. Not only is this show funny, it has Patrick Stewart at his best.

Family Guy (Fox, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Brian and Lois push Chris into taking up a sport in order to work out his anger issues and are blindsided when he becomes a star pitcher. Peter uses the whole thing to start gambling on the boy’s games as Stewie and Brian start their own enterprise: opening an Italian restaurant with Frank Sinatra Jr.

Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Season three begins with a storm destroying a naval base in Bahrain, prompting Elizabeth to to urge the commander-in-chief to reexamine his approach to climate change and his overall foreign policy.

Poldark on Masterpiece (PBS, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — George begins Plan B in his fight against Ross as the Poldark family enter into a new business venture together and Demelza shares difficult news.

Secrets and Lies (ABC, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Cornell hones in on Eric following the revelation of an alarming misdeed from his past, so Amanda tries to help him prove that his relationship with Kate was the real thing.

Shameless (Showtime, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Season seven kicks off with Frank waking up after a month-long coma to find no one missed him. (Really, that shouldn’t be all that surprising.) Meanwhile, Debbie takes drastic measures to ensure Franny grows up wealthy; Lip gets out of rehab; Carl considers surgery after learning he’s the only uncircumcised brother; and Ian gets a bad feeling about Caleb’s friend Denise.

The Last Man on Earth (Fox, Sunday 9:30 p.m.) — Todd sinks into depression after all of the recent chaos, so Phil tries to cheer him up by stretching the truth.

Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Season five premieres with Holmes and Watson joining the NYPD manhunt for a serial bomber who is active again after being dormant for six years.

Masters of Sex (Showtime, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Johnson, Masters, Libby and Keller wind up together at a party thrown by Art and Nancy. The next morning, guests must face the consequences of their actions from the night before.

Quantico (ABC, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Alex and Ryan try to figure out their new relationship while the recruits practice counter-surveillance at the Farm. In the future, Ryan and Raina attempt to disrupt the terrorist plot by blending in with hostages, but trust becomes an issue.

The Strain (FX, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Fet strikes the strigoi army at its heart and Justine tries to drive it out of Manhattan for good.


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