TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Football, all day.
In a noisy, 13-hour spree, six college conferences have
their championship games.
Two will help choose the Rose Bowl teams. The Pac-12 has
Stanford (ranked No. 7) at Arizona State (11) at 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN; the Big Ten
has Ohio State (2) and Michigan State (10), at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Two other, plus that Ohio State game, will help fill the
national championship game. The SEC has Auburn (3) and Missouri (5) at 4 p.m.
on CBS; the ACC has Florida State (1) hosting Duke (20) at 8 p.m. on ABC. The
other championships: Conference USA has Marshall at Rice, at noon on ESPN;
Mountain West has Utah State at Fresno State (23), at 10 p.m. on CBS.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: The Blacklist,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Taking a sort of holiday break, this show will skip the next
few Mondays, where it has become a ratings hit. Still, you can catch this
Red (James Spader) has a new target – a beautiful and lethal
corporate criminal. Liz, his FBI contact, has a major distraction: Her husband
insists the box she found – filled with ID’s and passports – was planted.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Santa films, cable.
At 8 p.m., Hallmark debuts “Santa Switch,” with an appealing
notion: A struggling dad has flunked his try to be a mall Santa … when he gets
to be the real Claus, complete with uptight assistant (Sean Astin).
That’s fine, except that the consummate Santa-switching
movie airs at the same time. Tim Allen’s dandy “The Santa Clause” (1994) is at
7 p.m. on ABC Family, followed by the OK “Santa Clause 3” (2006) at 9.
Other choices include:
“Christmas at Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m., NBC. A quick
rerun of Wednesday’s special includes music by Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey,
Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, the Goo Goo Dolls and more.
“Mike & Molly,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS. The first rerun
finds Mike fretting about his first Christmas with Molly; the second finds him
grumbling about her holiday spending.
Pink concert, 8 p.m., Epix and EpixHD.com. The tone is set
by an opening that feels like “Rocky Horror” meets Circus du Soleil. Yes, Pink
can deliver slow-and-strong ballads when needed; mostly, however, this night is
filled with a high-octane blasts of music and dance and acrobatics and more.
“We Are Marshall” (2006), 8-11 p.m., AMC. First, watch that noon
game on ESPN, to see if Marshall wins the Conference USA championship; then
watch this movie to recall how far the team has gone: In 1970, a plane crash
killed the Marshall players and others; this film shows the efforts to rebuild
in a hard-scrabble West Virginia team. Well-crafted by the director named McG,
it has subtly excellent performances by Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and
“Batman Begins” (2005), 9 p.m., Syfy. The franchise is
skillfully rebooted by director Christopher Nolan, star Christian Bale and a
great supporting cast led by Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
“Saturday Night Live,” 10 and 11:29 p.m., NBC. First is a
shortened rerun, then a new episode with Paul Rudd hosting and One Direction as