TV picks for Aug. 29-31: CBS Evening News, Heather McDonald, "Saturday Night Live,” Amazon

  • Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:45 PM

Dana Delany and Ron Perlman in “Hand of God,” streaming on Amazon.

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You be the judge

Ever thought you could program shows better than those simpletons in Hollywood? Here’s a chance to prove it. For the third time, Amazon is giving consumers a chance to provide feedback on pilots, the most popular of which will be picked up for series. This batch of five includes big names like Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Mena Suvari, Paul Reiser and Minnesota’s own T.R. Knight. Currently streaming at

Fortune cookie

Former KSTP reporter Steve Hartman returns to the Twin Cities to pick up some snacks for the crew at “The CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley.” Hartman will stop by the Minnesota State Fair to file a report on Sweet Martha Olson’s cookies, part of his popular “On the Road” segments. 5:30 p.m. Friday, WCCO, Ch. 4

Balancing act

If you dig Chelsea Handler, you’ll want to check out a new comedy special spotlighting one of her key writers. “Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean to Brag” captures a stand-up act that’s heavy on the travails of being a working mother while still trying to come across as a hip comic. 8 p.m. Friday, Showtime

Turning back the clock

Fill the weekend with vintage laughs via a 12-hour run of classic “Saturday Night Live” episodes. The marathon includes Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, below, hosting “The Barry Gibb Talk Show,” Tina Fey’s impression of Sarah Palin and Alec Baldwin’s “Schweddy Balls” sketch. It’s safe to assume that “The Best of Anthony Michael Hall” won’t be included. 10 a.m. Saturday, TV Land

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