- The Washington Times - Friday, November 2, 2007

Williams on ‘SNL’

If you’ve ever seen “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams on a late-night talk show, you already know he can be a very funny guy.

But does he have the comedy chops for “Saturday Night Live?”

We’ll find out late tomorrow night, when he’s scheduled to become the first active news anchor to ever host the long-running sketch comedy show. (NBC News veteran Edwin Newman was retired when he was a host in the mid-‘80s.)

“It will be a chance to have some fun on my night off,” Mr. Williams told Associated Press, “and risk making a complete fool of myself.”

Canadian singer-songwriter Feist is the scheduled musical guest.

The weekend’s other best bets:


Friday Night Lights (9 p.m., NBC) — In tonight’s episode (titled “Let’s Get It On”), Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) returns home to Dillon, Texas to find his team in total disarray.

Rat Pack: A Conference of Cool (10:30 p.m., WETA-Channel 26) — Travel back in time to the heyday of the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop), from the parties with John F. Kennedy to the flirtations with the sinister forces of the Mafia. Hollywood stars Angie Dickinson and Janet Leigh and music great Buddy Greco are among the interviewees who talk about the fun, the fame and the frenzy of America’s first incarnation of “men behaving badly,” notes WETA.


Because I Said So (8 p.m., HBO) — Single mother Daphne (Oscar winner Diane Keaton) has married off her two oldest girls, but as her 60th birthday approaches, she’s frantic about her youngest, and unattached, daughter Milly (Mandy Moore), who has a habit of dating the wrong guys. Not wanting to see Milly turn into a lonely old maid, a determined Daphne takes her daughter’s love life into her own hands — personally interviewing potential beaus, to Milly’s total mortification. Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo and Stephen Collins co-star. Directed by Michael Lehmann.

Rock Docs: Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (9 p.m., VH1) — The life and times of the iconic rock band, this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first U.S. appearance, is told through artist profiles, rare and recently discovered concert footage and never-before-seen interviews with band members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and others.

Apocalypto (9 p.m., Starz) — Mel Gibson directs this epic tale of the final days of the Mayan civilization, where a man’s idyllic life is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force. He is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him, notes the Internet Movie Database. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his family, he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Madtv (11 p.m., Fox) — Carlos Mencia drops by as the 13th season begins.


Shootout (11 a.m., AMC) — Show hosts Peter Bart and Peter Guber chat with movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO of Dreamworks Animation), Oren Koules and Mark Burg (producers of “Saw IV”) and adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Violent Hawaii (7 p.m., WETA-Channel 26) — A look beyond the scenic locales of our 50th state, whose breathtaking beauty was forged in fire, created by the awesome power of volcanoes on land and in the sea, by earthquakes and tsunamis — all natural wonders that continue to shape the islands today.

Shot in high definition by a team of award-winning filmmakers who live on the islands, this spectacular film features volcanic eruptions, rivers of molten lava, monster waves, humpback whales and, perhaps most surprising of all, snow.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse



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