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Saturday hot night for sports

May 19, 2012

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The Philadelphia Phillies host the Boston Red Sox in a Major League Baseball interleague game (6 p.m. Saturday, Fox). Both teams have been dominant in their respective divisions in recent years, but have gotten off to slow starts this season.

Get used to sports on Saturday nights on Fox. The network’s just-announced fall schedule dedicates Saturday nights to coverage of MLB, NASCAR, college football and Ultimate Fighting bouts.

At a time when many networks and cable stations find their audiences watching their shows later on digital video recorders (DVRs) or streaming them through an online source, sports coverage remains the best way to capture a live one-time audience. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” coverage is by far that network’s greatest ratings draw. And few people are watching the game a day later on their DVRs.

Fox will not have Saturday night sports to itself; ABC will continue to air college football on Saturdays as well.

• ‘‘Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC) can book almost any celebrity it wants. While most guest-hosts tend to be young and trendy enough to be plugging a new movie or album, the show wraps up its 37th season with a singer who turns 70 next year, a man whose band, the Rolling Stones, turned 50 this year and has not had a top-10 single for decades. But his name is Mick Jagger, so none of that really seems to matter. This is Jagger’s first time hosting “Saturday Night Live” and his third appearance as a musical guest. (He will be performing with Arcade Fire, the Foo Fighters and Jeff Beck.)

Saturday’s other highlights

• Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst star in the 2007 sequel “Spider-Man 3” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Mario Van Peebles and Carl Weathers star in the 2012 military fantasy “American Warships” (8 p.m., Syfy). Not to be confused with the just-released “Battleship.”

Cult choice

One doesn’t think of John Wayne interpreting the words of playwright Eugene O’Neill, but he does in the 1940 drama “The Long Voyage Home” (9 p.m. Saturday, TCM), an adaptation of four of O’Neill’s plays.

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