TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
A week before its season-opener, “SNL”
reruns its best episode from this season, with Jimmy Fallon hosting.
He brought back colleagues from his years on the show – Tina Fey,
Amy Poehler, Tracy Morgan, Chris Kattan, Rachel Drath, Horatio Sanz –
and more, including Jude Law and Will Arnett.
Beyond that, Fallon was busy. He played
Justin Bieber AND Russell Brand, doing Christmas duets with music
guest Michael Buble. He was also Regis Philbin, a kid crashing a
dance and more.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: Sports overload,
7:30 and 8 p.m.
Now that Fox has sports each Saturday,
the night will keep being a sports festival.
Tonight, Fox's college-football show is
at 7 p.m.; at 7:30, Nebraska visits UCLA in the Rose Bowl.
Also at 7:30, ABC has NASCAR. At 8, CBS
has the women's finals from the U.S. Open.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Doctor Who,”
9 p.m., BBC America.
A new season is here for the brilliant
edition produced by Steven Moffat, with Matt Smith as The Doctor and
Karen Gillan (for now) as Amy Pond.
The season-opener reruns at 8 p.m. At
9, a ship hurtles through space; The Doctor must save its cargo –
dinosaurs ?!? – joined by an Egyptian queen, a big-game hunter and
someone from Amy's family.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE II: “Dog
Whisperer,” 8 p.m., NatGeo Wild, and “Puppy Love,” 9 p.m.,
It's bad-dog, good-dog night on cable.
The bad dog are with celebrities. Jillian Michaels is fierce in the
gym; Kelsey Grammer is domineering in “Boss,” but neither can
stop their little dogs from yipping. Michaels' Chihuaha even takes a
small nip of Millan, before behaving.
And the good one is big, fluffy and
lovable. By accident, two strangers (Candace Cameron Bure and Victor
Webster) adopt him. This can bring tumult and/or romance, in a
Other choices include:
– “Ray”(2004), 7:30 p.m., TV
Guide Channel. A great movie night starts with Jamie Foxx's
brilliant, Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles.
– “America's Got Talent,” 8 p.m.,
NBC. After jerking the two-part “Saving Hope” finale around its
schedule, NBC has shelved it. Instead, it reruns Thursday's “Talent,”
picking the second half of its final six acts. This will rerun again
on Wednesday, leading into the two-night finale.
– “Knocked Up,” E, or “Superbad,”
FX (both 2007), 8 p.m., cable. Here are two Seth Rogen comedies,
both produced by Judd Apatow. Rogen co-wrote “Superbad,” but
takes only a supporting role. He stars with Katherine Heigl in
“Knocked Up,” a delight written and directed by Apatow.
– More movies, 8 p.m., cable. One off
the all-time great films, Steven Spielberg's “Saving Private Ryan”
(1998), is on TNT. Turner Classic Movies counters with “The Goodbye
Girl” (1977), with a clever Neil Simon script and Richard Dreyfuss'
– “Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit,” 9 and 10 p.m., NBC. The first rerun is a tough one
for Benson (Mariska Hargitay), raising doubts about a conviction she
got eight years earlier. When a tough defense attorney (Andre
Braugher) arrives, her relationship with an assistant district
attorney (Harry Connick Jr.) is endangered. The second hour involves
a teen, tattoos and self-mutilation.