On TV this weekend: Fallon and Timberlake bring holiday cheer to Saturday Night Live, HBO honors James Gandolfini and the hills are alive with the real Sound of Music. Here are 13 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
8 pm I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! (ABC) | Lucy and Linus’ little brother turns to Snoopy’s brother when he wants a dog for Christmas.
9 pm Atlantis (BBC America) | Ariadne must decide where her loyalties lie.
10 pm 48 Hours (CBS) | The team investigates the Highway of Tears murders.
11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Fall finale: Jimmy Fallon hosts, Justin Timberlake performs and truth be told, this TVLine writer is way too excited about it.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
5 pm — 4 am Duck Dynasty Marathon (A&E) | In case you want to see what Phil is up to when not talking to a GQ reporter, in the first of four previously scheduled Christmas week marathons.
7 pm The Sound of Music (ABC) | Not a fan of this month’s live production of the musical? Traditionalists, you are in luck: Here’s the 1965 feature film, starring Julie Andrews, in all its four-hour glory.
8:20 pm Sunday Night Football (NBC) | The Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) host the Chicago Bears (8-6).
8:30 pm James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend (HBO) | In this special presentation, friends and colleagues remember the late Sopranos star, accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage and clips of Gandolfini’s work.
8:30 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Repeat to Revisit: If you missed what is arguably the best Good Wife episode ever (or if you saw it and just have to watch it again), now’s your chance to catch “Hitting the Fan.”
9 pm I Am Britney Jean (E!) | This two-hour documentary follows pop star Britney Spears as she records her latest album, shoots music videos and attends press events.
9:05 pm Treme (HBO) | McAlary celebrates his 40th birthday, and Bernette gets a break in her case.
10:05 pm Getting On (HBO) | A new patient and several drunk visitors turn DiDi’s relaxing evening shift upside down.
10:35 pm Ja’mie: Private School Girl (HBO) | Ja’mie returns to Hillford to find her reputation tarnished by a scandalous video. (Something tells me the word “twerking” will be involved.)
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