College football championships, all day.
A fierce pile-up of
conference championships peaks at 8 p.m. ET: Fox has the Big Ten,
with Wisconsin (ranked No. 6) and Penn State (No. 7); ABC has the
ACC's Clemson (No. 4) and Virginia Tech. Earlier, CBS has the SEC at
4 p.m. ET, with top-ranked Alabama and Florida (No. 23).
And yes, there are
more conference championships: At noon ET, ABC has Navy (No. 25) and
Temple; ESPN has Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech. At 4 p.m.,
Alcorn State and Grambling are on ESPNU. And at 7:45, ESPN has San
Diego State and Wyoming.
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
So far, “SNL”
has continued its hot ratings streak throughout the election and in
the first two episodes afterward. Now it has its eighth new episode
in 10 weeks, this time with a youthful look.
Emma Stone, 28, has
her third time as host; “La La Land,” her movie musical, will
open Dec. 16. And Shawn Mendes, 18, makes his “SNL” debut as
“Enlighten Us” (8 and 9:55 p.m. ET) and “Holy Hell” (11:50
As a warm-up, catch
the series opener of Leah Remini's “Scientology and the Aftermath,”
rerunning at 4 p.m. on A&E. Then settle in for these documentary
movies. Remini's film is poorly crafted, the others are beautifully
done, but they all remind us that unfettered power can be scary.
In “Holy Hell,”
we see a messiah figure in Speedo and sunglasses; in “Scientology,”
a former follower describes violence and a detention camp. And in
“Enlighten” -- scheduled for Thursday, then delayed -- we see
James Arthur Ray pushing his followers to risk more; three of them
died in his sweat lodge.
Upon a Christmas” and “Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas,” 7-10
a.m., Freeform. The annual “25 Days of Christmas” marathon
started Thursday, but peaks on weekends. Today, it greets
early-risers (kids, one assumes) with these two packages, totalling
eight separate cartoons.
“Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory” (2005), 2:05 p.m., Freeform. After a couple
lesser films -- “Richie Rich's Christmas Wish” (1998) and the Jim
Carrey “Christmas Carol” (2009) -- Freeform gives us a Tim Burton
masterpiece. That's followed by two good-enough films -- “Polar
Express” (2004) at 4:40 p.m., “Arthur Christmas” (2011) at 6:45
-- and Will Ferrell's delightful “Elf” (2003) at 8:50.
and its sequel (2012 and 2013), 5 and 8 p.m., TNT. Yes, there are
movies unrelated to Christmas. Others include “Avengers: Age of
Ultron” (2015) at 6:35 p.m. on Starz, “Ghostbusters” films
(1984 and 1989) are 7 and 9:30 on Sundance and “Finding Nemo”
(2003) at 8 p.m. on Disney.
Orleans,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the death of a Navy master diver
may be linked to plans for an attack on New Orleans.
“It's a Wonderful
Life” (1946), 8-11 p.m., NBC. Here's a Christmas classic. If you
prefer new holiday films, go to UP at 7 p.m. (rerunning at 11),
Lifetime (directed by Michael Landon Jr., a master of warm films) at
8, Hallmark at 8 or Ion at 9.
9 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of the season-opener, adding Adam
Rodriguez as Luke Alvez. He joins the search for a killer who escaped
with 13 other convicts.
“Where Are They
Now?” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. In the early years of
“Dancing With the Stars,” Cheryl Burke was the one to dance with;
she won the second and third championships, with Drew Lachey and
Emmit Smith. Since then, she's been second twice (Gilles Marini, Rob
Kardashian) and third three times. Here's an update on her, rapper
Chuck D and gospel great Shirley Caesar.