Top of the Morning, Oct. 12, 2018

Top of the Morning, Oct. 12, 2018

Part of Fox Sports 1 announcer JUSTIN KUTCHER's preparation for football broadcasts includes making sure he can get to the stadium on time.

Kutcher is set to call his second Illinois game of the season Saturday when the team hosts Purdue. He is working with analysts PETROS PAPADAKIS and DeMARCO MURRAY.

From his home in Charlotte, N.C., Kutcher planned a flight this morning to Indianapolis, then a drive to Champaign-Urbana. The storms in the Southeast weren't expected to be a problem.

"As long as my plane is here in Charlotte, I'll be good to get there in the morning," Kutcher said.

That wasn't the case last time Kutcher called an Illinois game. He was in town for the Sept. 21 game against Penn State.

The previous week, he worked a game at UCLA. Concerns about Hurricane Florence kept him from going home to Charlotte. Instead, Kutcher went to San Francisco, then on to Chicago.

Better safe than sorry.

"You just always try to stay ahead of it," Kutcher said. "If you see weather coming, you make changes."

Fox helps.

"Our travel department is awesome," Kutcher said. "I just try to make sure I'm aware of what's going on."

On to my weekend recommendations:


"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 10:30 p.m., NBC

Alec Baldwin visits two days before he debuts his own talk show. Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also scheduled.


"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC

Former cast member and current late-night host Seth Meyers returns to his old stomping grounds. The musical guest is a doozy: Paul Simon.


"Charmed," 8 p.m., CW

It's been 20 years since the original, which starred Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs. Time for a reboot. Three sisters find out they have supernatural powers in a college town. It could happen.