On TV this Saturday: Doctor Who revisits his old stomping grounds, Ryan Gosling takes over Studio 8H, Lifetime hosts a Family reunion and The Carpenters get an encore on PBS. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
What to Watch Today
Doctor Who Comes Home, Gosling Hosts SNL and More
It's a Wonderful Life
It’s never too early to watch this 1946 Christmas classic, which stars Jimmy Stewart as a banker who learns what life would have been like without him.
The Flight Before Christmas
Family Matters reunion alert! Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton (of the classic ‘90s sitcom) appear in this TV-movie, which stars Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) as harrowed holiday travelers forced to spend time together when their plane is unexpectedly diverted. I wonder what will happen between them! (Watch a sneak peek.)
Da Vinci's Demons
Crusade efforts are thwarted when an old nemesis returns to Florence and stands in opposition.
Just in Time for Christmas
When Lindsay (Eloise Mumford, Lone Star) is faced with a tough decision — stay in her hometown and marry a longtime beau, or accept an Ivy League teaching job — a magical messenger (William Shatner, Star Trek) transports her three years into the future, allowing her to make the best decision.
A Royal Family Christmas
Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill) stars in this TV movie, in which her Mona Royal goes home for the holidays only to learn her parents are getting a divorce.
Season finale: As he returns to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. (Renewed.)
Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters
This docu looks back at the lives and musical arc of the beloved brother-sister songwriters, featuring interviews with Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business.
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Ash has an awakening, and Pablo and Kelly have an ominous discovery.
Sandrine hands Audrey over to Pierre’s men, and Julie finds Victor’s father — now an old man in a coma — with a weighty secret.
Saturday Night Live
Ryan Gosling hosts — excuse me while I swoon — and Leon Bridges performs.