TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Think of this as a set-up for the big change ahead: Tonight,
Jimmy Fallon hosts and Seth Meyer continues on the “Weekend Update” desk; after
the Winter Olympics, Fallon will take the 11:35 p.m. spot weekdays and Meyer
assumes his 12:35 a.m. spot.
Tonight, we can expect a strong show. The last time Fallon
hosted (two years ago), he raced zestfully between clever sketches; as a bonus,
Justin Timberlake – who has hosted five times – is the music guest.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Two and a Half Men,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
The bad news is that CBS has shuffled its reruns. It had
planned to run the hilarious one involving a cheating Jake, the switched; late
changes are a big problem on Saturdays.
The good news, however, is that these are two fairly good
episodes. In the first, Walden and Alan try to comfort a lonely Herb; the second
is from last Christmas, with Alan alone for the holidays and Walden hiding his
wealth from Kate.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 7 and 9:15
On the weekend before Christmas, families might want to
cuddle close and watch a movie. And no, it doesn’t have to be a holiday one; this
classic works any time.
The story – a girl thrust into the unknown – has magic and
intelligence. It got the perfect combination of star (Judy Garland), director (Victor
Fleming) and music. In the year of “Gone With the Wind,” it won Oscars only for
its score and the song “Over the Rainbow,” but became an eternal pleasure.
Other choices include:
Football, all day. The bowl rush is off to an early start.
ESPN has games at 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m. ET.; ABC has the Las Vegas Bowl (Southern
Cal and Fresno State) at 3:30.
“The Santa Clause” trilogy, 6, 8 and 10 p.m., ABC Family.
Here’s a chance to catch (or tape) all three films. The original (1994), with
Tim Allen inheriting the Santa job, is terrific; the others (2002 and 2006) are
“Bee Movie” (2007), 7 and 9 p.m., Bravo. Here’s more family
fun, with Jerry Seinfeld writing and voicing the story of a worker bee who
dares to go solo. It’s pleasant enough, but no match for the wonderful “Rio”
(2011), which some families can catch at 8 and 10 p.m. on FXX.
“The Sing-off,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Two days before the finale,
here’s a rerun. Oddly, it isn’t Thursday’s episode, which chose the final
three; NBC says it’s rerunning Wednesday, which cut the field from six to four.
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8-9 p.m., ABC.
Lucy’s little brother Rerun needs a dog’s companionship. Snoopy isn’t
available, so his troublesome brother Spike fills in.
“Agents of SHIELD,” 9 p.m., ABC. A woman has single-handedly
done several big heists. Her identity brings trouble for Coulson in this rerun.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Danny (Scott Caan)
must stay still while technicians try to disarm a bomb. To distract himself, he
describes the toughest case he had before moving to Hawaii.
“Castle,” 10 p.m., ABC. In this rerun, Castle and Beckett
actually think they’ll have a romantic getaway. Naturally, they soon find a