“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Last season, “SNL”
had fun mocking those uber-dramatic car commercials featuring Matthew
McConaughey. Now McConaughey takes over as host -- his second time
and his first in a dozen years. Adele has her third turn as music
Let's assume that
“SNL” is best when an actor or comedian is host. The Donald Trump
episode had strong ratings, but weak humor; a week later, the
Elizabeth Banks one was a sharp improvement.
“Turkey Hollow,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.
It was almost a
half-century ago that Jim Henson thought of this amiable tale. Now,
25 years after his death, it's been turned into a movie that seems a
bit quaint and slight, but is thoroughly charming.
Engulfed in work and
divorce, a man takes his somber daughter and wide-eyed son to Turkey
Hollow. His hippie aunt (Mary Steenburgen) lives there, near a
scheming turkey-farmer and a forest said to hold a monster. And then
... well, Muppet-like touches provide some family fun.
ALTERNATIVE: More family films, 8 p.m., NBC and cable.
NBC's “Free Birds”
(2013) fits the season. A time machine (voiced by George Takei) helps
two turkeys (Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson) visit the first
Thanksgiving, where they try to change the menu.
There's more: “The
Smurfs 2” (2013), on FXX, has Neil Patrick Harris and other
live-action people trying to help the animated Smurfs. “Northpole”
(2014) on Hallmark has gorgeous settings, as an elf (Bailee Madison)
nudges a boy to help the Clauses (Robert Wagner and Jill St. John).
“Ash vs. Evil
Dead,” 6:20 to 8 p.m. Starz, then 9, 9:30 and 11. You can catch up
on the series – bloody, gory, over-the-top, yet quite fun – in
one messy night. In the opener (6:20), the demons are back and Ash
must end his low-profile life in a hardware store. In the second
episode (7:03), his co-worker finds horror when visiting her parents.
The third (7:30) basically adds Lucy Lawless, as a mysterious woman
surveys that carnage. The new episode (9, rerunning at 9:30 and 11)
has an unlikely alliance.
Football, 7:30 p.m.,
Fox, and 8 p.m., ABC. Tonight's top games are both in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State (ranked No. 6) hosts Baylor (No. 10) on Fox; Oklahoma
(No. 7) hosts Texas Christian (18) on ABC.
“Code Black,” 8
p.m., CBS. Cress Williams has already made an impact on “Friday
Night Lights” (as the troubled father of a football star) and “Hart
of Dixie” (as the mayor). Now he's the new attending surgeon and
the son of Dr. Guthrie; in this rerun, he starts work and promptly
battles with Leanne.
Demons,” 8 p.m., Starz. Last year's nasty episode found Leonardo
being tortured and drifting into dreams of a quiet life. Tonight,
he's paranoid and avoiding his friends.
Thanksgiving,” 8 p.m., Food Network. With the holiday just five
days away, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis offer tips
on everything from turkey to Brussels sprouts.
“Dr. Who,” 9
p.m., BBC America. A magical alien world, it seems, is hidden inside
Christmas Carol” (1992), 10 p.m., Lifetime. Fresh from “Turkey
Hollow,” you should enjoy this gentle gem, with Michael Caine as
Scrooge. It was written by the late Jerry Juhl, who was the prime
“Muppet Show” and “Fraggle Rock” writer and co-wrote the
“Turkey Hollow” story.