On TV this weekend
Smallville, 8 p.m., CW Teri Hatcher guest stars to play Lois' mom, Ella. No word if half her scenes are in her underwear, like they are on Desperate Housewives.
SEASON PREMIERE Wizard of Waverly Place, 9:45 p.m., Disney This probably is the end of Demi Lovato's chances of appearing on her frenemy Selena Gomez's show, huh?
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS There's trouble when Jamie witnesses a crime in Chinatown. We're guessing it was either a health-code violation at a restaurant or a parking ticket.
Real Time With Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO It's entirely possible Bill may have something to say about the midterm election. Just putting that out there.
SERIES FINALE Outlaw, 8 p.m., NBC Jimmy Smits just can't catch a break. This time he doesn't even have the writers strike to blame.
Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue, 10 p.m., HBO It would be great if he just showed up as 30 Rock's Tracy Jordan, but then, that would mean Tracy Jordan was a real character and not just Tracy Morgan on a TV show.
Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC Let's see ... Scarlett Johansson hosting and Arcade Fire as musical guests. If this was any more squarely aimed at the 18 to 34 age bracket, they'd be giving away free cans of Red Bull.
SERIES PREMIERE Sarah Palin's Alaska, 9 p.m., TLC Hundreds of years from now, historical anthropologists will unearth video of this show and declare it a watershed moment in American politics, when a candidate for office stayed in the public eye not by governing, but by going on rock climbs and constantly announcing her distaste for politics. Does this mean every other future presidential candidate will get their own reality show? There are laws about equal time, you know.
Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize, 9 p.m., PBS The ceremony for the third woman to win this award for contributions to American humor was last Tuesday, but you can see Betty White and Steve Martin tonight. Be careful: If Tina does her Palin impression, you may forget which show you're watching.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org