Saturday's TV Highlights: 'Smooch' on Hallmark
FROG: Kiernan Shipka stars in the new romantic fantasy “Smooch” as a girl obsessed with fairy tales who becomes convinced that an Englishman (Simon Kassianides) she meets in a park is actually a frog prince, at 9 and 11 p.m. on Hallmark.
Kidnap & Rescue: A businessman falls victim to a psychopathic taxi driver in this new episode (10 p.m. Discovery).
Saturday Night Live: Former regular Dana Carvey returns to host with musical guest Linkin Park. (11:29 p.m. NBC).
Billy Gardell: Halftime: Gardell (“Mike and Molly” ) travels to his hometown of Pittsburgh for a return to his stand-up roots, as he delivers comic rants about childhood relationships, technology overload and parenting, and the stress of dealing with a midlife crisis (9 p.m. Comedy Central).
Stand and Deliver: This 1987 drama tells the uplifting story of Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos), Los Angeles high-school math teacher (5 p.m. TCM).
Gandhi: This 1982 film garnered eight Academy Awards, including the prize for best picture, on its way to becoming one of the most respected films of all time. Director Richard Attenborough tells the incredible story of Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), who led India to independence (7 p.m. TCM).
A Single Man: Colin Firth earned bountiful critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for director-screenwriter (and fashion world veteran) Tom Ford's drama, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel about a college professor facing life without his suddenly deceased partner (Matthew Goode). Julianne Moore also stars in this 2009 drama (9 p.m. Showtime).
College basketball: St. John's at UCLA (10 a.m. CBS); Kansas at Nebraska (1 p.m. KDOC); Washington at Oregon (1 p.m. FSN); UNLV at BYU (1 p.m. VS); North Carolina State at Duke (3 p.m. ESPN); Arizona State at Stanford (3 p.m. FSN); Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's (5 p.m. ESPN2); UC Davis at UC Santa Barbara (7:30 p.m. FS Prime).
Hockey: The Ducks visit the Colorado Avalanche (noon FS Prime); the Kings visit the Calgary Flames (7 p.m. FSN).
Pro basketball: The Lakers visit the New Orleans Hornets (5 p.m. KCAL).
Photo credit: Mark Preston / Hallmark Channel