“Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime.
For Tardar Sauce, a
real-life cat, the last two years have been a swirl. Under the stage
name Grumpy Cat, her frowning face has been on shirts, on mugs and in
commercials; she's had two books, six million Facebook “likes”
... and now a movie that – except for overwrought villains – is
At the core is
lonely Chrystal, played by Meghan Charpetier, a likable, 13-year-old
Canadian in her 10th year as an actress. Helping at a pet
store, she's startled to hear the cat's grumpy thoughts, drolly
voiced by Audrey Plaza. Then come plot twists that are often silly
and sometimes very clever.
II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Just when “SNL”
seemed a tad predictable, Chris Rock strode onstage with a monolog
that was fresh, funny and controversial. He joked about the Boston
Marathon bombing, 9/11, gun control and Christmas; he reminded us
that almost anything can be funny if it's done with real wit.
Rock sees irony, for
instance, in commercializing Christmas: “From what I've heard,
Jesus was the least commercial person who every roamed the Earth. No
bling.” Here's a rerun, with music from Prince.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Flight Before Christmas” and “The Story of
Santa Claus,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS.
It's still November,
but TV has already declared Christmas. For tonight, CBS has two
“Flight” was a
Finnish movie about a reindeer who had vertigo, but was determined to
join Santa's Flying Force; in 2012 it was shortened and dubbed, with
Emma Roberts and (as an offbeat squirrel companion) Norm Macdonald.
Then a 1996 cartoon has good-hearted Nick (Ed Asner) and his wife
(Betty White) transformed by events and an elf leader (Tim Curry).
“Big Cat Week,”
noon to 3 a.m., NatGeo Wild. Here are lots of reruns, plus the debut
of the excellent “Leopard: Ultimate Survivor” (9 p.m., rerunning
at midnight). It traces a mother and her cubs – one cautious, one
dangerously adventurous – for two years in Botswana. Some of the
scenes – including learning to catch fish – are classic.
Football, 7:45 p.m.
ESPN and 8 p. m., ABC. The two top-ranked teams appear
simultaneously. ESPN has Alabama (No. 1) hosting Auburn (No. 14),
which upset it last year on a bizarre final-play return of a blocked
field goal; ABC has Oregon (No. 2) at Oregon State.
National Dog Show,
8-10 p.m., NBC. Here's a quick rerun of the Thanksgiving event.,
“Bones,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. In a rerun, one gymnast is killed and another (played by Olympic
gold-medalist McKayla Maroney) is the prime suspect.
p.m., Fox. To rescue Ichabod's wife, he and Abbie try to resurrect a
Frankenstein-type monster created by Benjamin Franklin.
p.m., Starz. This episode – the third of eight – has two great
actors colliding powerfully. James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor are
the parents of Oliver, who disappeared during their vacation in
France. We bounce between the days after the abduction (Tony's past
violence is discovered) and eight years later, when the case is
re-opened. She's re-married, he's obsessing, passions are fierce.