“Saturday Night Live,” 9-11 p.m. and 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Sketch comedy fills
up much of NBC's evening. That starts with a quick rerun of “SNL
Christmas” (just three days after its previous rerun), with lots of
Then comes a new
episode, with Casey Affleck – getting Oscar buzz for “Manchester
By the Sea” -- hosting and Chance the Rapper as music guest. This
is Affleck's first time as host ... something Ben has done five
times; they'll now join the Mannings (Peyton and Eli) as brothers who
Bowl games, all day.
New Year's Eve is
still two weeks away, but the bowl season starts today with six
games. Some are bowls – and teams – we've never heard of; four of
the teams have 6-6 records. Still, it's a chance to see fun and
action in warm-weather places.
ABC has games at
noon and 3:30 p.m. ET; ESPN has ones at 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m. ET.
Rounding out the line-up is the CBS Sports Network, with Central
Florida and Arkansas State at 7 p.m. ET in Orlando.
ALTERNATIVE: “A Christmas Carol” (1984), 8 p.m., AMC.
Like Hamlet and
such, Ebenezer Scrooge is one of those roles that keep attracting
great actors. Few have done it as well as George C. Scott does here;
it's a lush production that surrounds him with talented English
actors, particularly Edward Woodward as the vibrant Ghost of
between two other Christmas films. “Santa Claus: The Movie” -- a
so-so story, but great visuals – is at 5:30, with “White
Christmas” (1954) at 10:30. The latter has Bing Crosby singing
Irving Berlin tunes, including the title song ... which he debuted in
the 1942 “HolidayInn.”
II: “Frozen” (2013) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
(2005), 9 and 11:30 p.m., Freeform.
Here are great films
for families to watch ... or, more reasonably, record.
ABC aired last Sunday, is a gem, winning Oscars for best animated
feature and for its “Let It Go” song. “Charlie” is director
Tim Burton at his quirky best; Freeform also has Burton's production
of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) at 1 p.m.
movies, cable. At 7 and 10 p.m., Bravo has “Love Actually,” with
a scattered but clever script from Richard Curtis. At 8, Hallmark
debuts “My Christmas Love,” with a young woman trying to figure
who is sending her “12 Days of Christmas” presents. Also,
“Hallmark Movies & Mysteries” reruns this year's “Journey
Back to Christmas” and “Sound of Christmas,” at 7 and 9 p.m.
(2014), 8-10 p.m., CBS. Interesting things can happen when you go
camping. In this case, Air Force One has been shot down over the
wilderness of Finland; a teen-ager must help the U.S. president
(Samuel L. Jackson) reach safety. This is a Finnish film, new to most
“I Want a Dog For
Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m., ABC. Lucy and Linus' little
brother Rerun wants a dog. This was created in 2003, from previous
cartoon strips by the late Charles Schulz.
Christmas Special,” 8 p.m., NBC. Here's a quick rerun of
Wednesday's show, with the a cappella group joined by Kelly Clarkso,
Reba McEntire and more.
“Ho Ho Holiday
Special,” 9 p.m., Nickelodeon. This debuted last year, as a way to
wedge all of the channel's young stars into one hour. Invited to a
party, they feel trapped by a mysterious host.
“Where Are They
Now?” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Malcolm-Jamal Warner's career
started at the top, as the “Cosby Show” son. At 46, he continues
to land good roles; this hour re-meets him, plus skater Tai Babilonia
and Johnny Gill of the singing group New Edition.