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Winter Is Coming to Saturday Night Live: Kit Harington Hosts

ALSO: Native Son, The Nun, and the Final Four!
  • Kit Harington helps Leslie Jones play out her Game of Thrones fantasy on Saturday Night Live.
    Kit Harington helps Leslie Jones play out her Game of Thrones fantasy on Saturday Night Live.

    Congratulations! You’ve made it to the weekend, and while the whole wide world awaits you this weekend. But wait ... it’s only early April. The weather isn’t that great. Honestly, it’s probably raining outside, isn’t it? Probably best to just stay inside for one more weekend. Good thing there’s plenty on TV to keep you occupied.

    NEW EPISODE: With the Game of Thrones final-season premiere just around the corner, now is the perfect time for Saturday Night Live to welcome its first GOT cast member as host. What’ll be on tap, sketch-wise -- Dragons? Witches? Some kind of sketch where he’s an overmatched contestant on a game show, or perhaps on a double date that encounters a bizarre 5th wheel? Get excited! 11:30 PM ET on NBC

    WORLD PREMIERE: The acclaimed 1940 Richard Wright novel gets the big, prestigious HBO treatment this weekend, as Native Son makes its premiere. The film stars Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) and Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), with co-stars Bill Camp and Elizabeth Marvel. Sanders plays Bigger Thomas, a young chauffeur in 1930s Chicago, who ends up encountering money, power, and murder in the big city. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    LIVE SPORTS: Grab your brackets, everybody, it’s time for the Final Four, the apex of March Madness. After a string of upsets in the Elite Eight, the NCAA men’s college basketball championships will come down to the somewhat unlikely quartet of Virginia, Auburn, Michigan State and Texas Tech. Regional rooting interests abound (so long as you don’t live in the two westernmost time zones), but let’s be honest: you’ll be rooting for whichever team you still have active in your brackets. 6:00 PM ET on CBS


    • Unspeakable drops its first and second episodes on Sundance TV this weekend. The series, about the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, stars The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies. 12:00 AM ET on Sundance
    • HBO’s Saturday night movie premiere is the horror offering The Nun, starring Demian Bechir and Taissa Farmiga, about an unseen force preying upon Catholics in 1950s Romania. 8:15 PM ET on HBO


    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: Saturday Night Live, CBS, HBO, Kit Harington