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Saturday’s TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: ‘Versailles’ on Ovation

Louis XIV (George Blanden, right) has big plans in the new series "Versailles" on Ovation.
(Thibault Grabherr / Ovation)

SERIES

This Old House Renovations begin on an Arlington, Mass., Arts & Crafts style home as the original home improvement series returns for another season with Tom Silva, Norm Abram, Richard Trethewey and Roger Cook. Kevin O’Connor hosts, 10:30 a.m. KLCS; noon KPBS; 3 p.m. KVCR. Sister series “Ask This Old House” also returns for a new season. Noon KLCS; 12:30 p.m. KPBS; 3:30 p.m. KVCR

Versailles George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Noémie Schmidt and Elisa Lasowski star in this opulent historical drama premiering with two episodes. The story starts as 28-year-old king Louis XIV leaves Paris to build a magnificent new palace. 7 and 10 p.m.; 8 and 11 p.m. Ovation

Masters of Illusion Magicians Mark Bennick, Nathan Burton, Jason Bishop & Gizmo, Tom Burgoon, Naathan Phan, Jason Bird, Chris Randall, Tommy Wind and Greg Gleason perform in the season finale. 8 p.m. KTLA

Life at Vet U This new six-part unscripted series takes viewers behind the scenes at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, a.k.a. Penn Vet, to follow six students as they get hands-on experience with procedures ranging from artificial insemination to cataract surgery and beyond, punctuated by life-changing moments for the animals and their humans. 10 p.m. Animal Planet

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Saturday Night Live Margot Robbie is guest host for the season premiere, with musical guest the Weeknd. 11:29 p.m. NBC

Austin City Limits Singer-songwriter Paul Simon offers a career-spanning set in the season premiere of the concert series. Midnight KOCE and KPBS

SPECIALS

Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That? Stand-up comic Sebastian Maniscalco in his third special for Showtime, which was recorded at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre.10 p.m. Showtime

MOVIES

Deadpool Ryan Reynolds stars as a former mercenary who adopts the alter ego Deadpool and embarks on a quest to hunt down the man (Ed Skrein) who nearly destroyed his life. Morena Baccarin costars as his girlfriend, and T.J. Miller plays his best friend. Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams and Brianna Hildebrand star. 8 p.m. HBO

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Love on a Limb When a beloved old oak in her community is threatened, a caring woman (Ashley Williams) becomes its advocate and an activist. When the mayor (Jefferson Brown) hires a handsome  landscaper (Trevor Donovan) to cut down the tree, she chains herself to it in this new romantic comedy. 9 p.m. Hallmark

The Crooked Man The singing of a specific nursery rhyme sets in motion a bloody curse that awakens a demonic figure in this new TV thriller. Michael Jai White, Amber Benson, Angelique Rivera and Cameron Jebo also star. 9 p.m. Syfy

SATURDAY

Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC

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SUNDAY

Today Kate McKinnon; smoking. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC

Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC

State of the Union Politics: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Politics: Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R-N.Y.). Politics; debates: Van Jones; Rachel Campos-Duffy; Neera Tanden; Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.). (N) 6 and 9 a.m. CNN

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Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace 2016 election; her support for Hillary Clinton: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). 2016 election: Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.). Julie Kent, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet. Panel: Michael Needham; Julie Pace, AP; Lisa Boothe, Washington Examiner; Bob Woodward, the Washington Post. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. FNC

Fareed Zakaria GPS Law allowing Americans to sue foreign governments over terrorism: Gen. Michael Hayden; Jeffrey Toobin. Consequences of Brexit; Donald Trump’s chances of winning: Nigel Farage, UK Independence Party. Advice for Hillary Clinton: Julia Gillard, the first female Prime Minister of Australia. Dealing with the consequences of global warming; nuclear weapons: President Hilda Heine, the Marshall Islands. (N) 7 and 10 a.m. CNN

Meet the Press (N) 8 a.m. KNBC; 11 a.m. MSNBC

This Week With George Stephanopoulos Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-N.Y.). Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Accusations of Russian hacking: Richard Clarke; Julia Ioffe, Foreign Policy Magazine; author Garry Kasparov (“Winter Is Coming”); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). Panel: Jonathan Karl; Cokie Roberts; Sara Fagen; John Heilemann, Bloomberg; Roland Martin. (N) 8 a.m. KABC

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Reliable Sources Fact checking Donald Trump: Tim Graham, NewsBusters; John Avlon, the Daily Beast. The uses and misuses of Polls: Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero, the Pollsters. Debate fallout; newspaper endorsements; candidates’ media strategies: Margaret Sullivan, the Washington Post; the Baltimore Sun. (N) 8 a.m. CNN

MediaBuzz Coverage of the first presidential debate; Lester Holt’s performance as moderator; Howard Dean’s tweet about Donald Trump: Heidi Przybyla, USA Today; Mollie Hemingway, the Federalist; Michael Tomasky, the Daily Beast. Presidential election: Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Presidential election: Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon. (N) 8 a.m. FNC

60 Minutes Oil and mineral resources in the Arctic. Director Nat Turner: (“The Birth of a Nation”). Former hostage Mary Quin. (N) 7 p.m. KCBS


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