What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Star Wars’ and a Michelle Wolf Comedy Special


Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” airs ahead of its sequel’s release. And the comedian Michelle Wolf explores women’s rights, croissants and the environment.

What’s on TV

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) 5:39 p.m. on Starz. In a galaxy far, far more commercially successful than most, new heroes battle evil. For kids, J. J. Abrams’s “Star Wars” reboot was an introduction to the series’s lightsabers and wisecracking robots. For adults, the film was a nostalgic check-in on characters like Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Carrie Fisher’s Princess (now General) Leia. And for all ages, the newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver breathed new life into this behemoth franchise. The sequel, “The Last Jedi,” comes out this month.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011) 8 and 10:30 p.m. on FX. This is the origin story of Chris Evans’s smooth-talking, shield-wielding Yankee superhero: After gaining super strength from an experimental injection, the Captain (previously a gaunt Brooklyn kid) clobbers Nazis and goes to war with a red-faced villain (Hugo Weaving). In his review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote that “the succinct judgment of my 15-year-old screening buddy was ‘Better than “Thor” or “Green Lantern,”’ and while that isn’t saying a lot, it may be saying enough.”


Michelle Wolf

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MICHELLE WOLF: NICE LADY (2017) 9 p.m. on HBO. Ms. Wolf is perhaps best known as a contributor to “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” Topics explored in this stand-up comedy special include women’s rights, croissants and the environment, which Ms. Wolf believes is in trouble. “If anyone actually cared about the environment,” she observes, “there’s no way fountains would still exist.”

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 11:30 p.m. on NBC. The Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, who stars in the film “Lady Bird,” will host, with the Irishmen U2 as musical guests. U2’s 14th studio album, “Songs of Experience,” was released on Friday.

What’s Streaming

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012) On iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. After releasing two commercially stagnant albums in the…

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