1) “Secrets of the Dead,” 10 p.m., PBS. Back in 1607, the painter named Caravaggio was fleeing from murder charges. He reached Malta … fled again the next year … but left behind some of his greatest works. In 1984, one of them (shown here) was stolen; three years later, it was returned and arrests were made. That story is told zealously by Father Marius Zerafa, now 92, in a beautifully filmed hour. A painter, sculptor and Oxford grad, Zerafa spent eight months negotiating for the painting’s return.
2) “Saturday Night Live” special, 9 p.m., NBC. “SNL” reruns have become a big moneymaker for NBC. Tonight, we get two hours of Thanksgiving sketches …. At 9:30 p.m. Friday, there will be 90 minutes of Christmas sketches … And at 11:29 p.m. Saturday is, yes, an “SNL” rerun.
3) “The Masked Singer” and “Alter Ego,” 8 and 9 p.m.,Fox. With people traveling for the holiday, this is a rough time for a new reality episode. CBS will try, with “Survivor” and “Tough as Nails,” but Fox settles for reruns. “Masked Singer” repeats last week’s episode: Four Group B singers perform; two survive (as did two Group A singers previously). “Alter Ego” goes further back, airing it first episode.
4) “Casablanca” (1942), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here’s a true classic – ranked No. 3 (behind “Citizen Kane” and “Godfather”) in the American Film Institute’s list of all-time great movies. It’s preceded at 6 p.m. ET by “A Little Romance” (1979), a charming film with Lawrence Olivier, 72, and two actors in their film debuts. Diane Lane, 14, went on to be a talented grown-up, an Oscar and Emmy nominee. Thelonious Bernard made one more movie, then quit acting; he became a dentist.
5) “Hawkeye,” any time, Disney+. The streamers might keep us home for the holiday. Here are the first two episodes of a six-episode series, giving the Marvel superhero (Jeremy Renner) a protege (Hailee Steinfeld, 24, already a streaming star via “Dickinson”). Also today – two Netflix movies, one tough (Halle Berry’s “Bruised”) and one not (“A Boy Called Christmas”; and new seasons of series – Ray Liotta’s “Hanna” on Amazon Prime, “Saved By the Bell” on Peacock” and “Selling Sunset” on Netflix.