What to Watch Tonight

Doctor Who Comes Home, Gosling Hosts SNL and More

  • NBC
    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.

  • Lifetime
    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.)

  • Starz
    Da Vinci's Demons

    Crusade efforts are thwarted when an old nemesis returns to Florence and stands in opposition.

  • Hallmark
    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.

  • TV One
    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.

  • BBC America
    Doctor Who

    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.)

  • PBS
    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.

  • Starz
    Ash vs. Evil Dead

    Ash has an awakening, and Pablo and Kelly have an ominous discovery.

  • Sundance
    The Returned

    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.

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Ryan Gosling hosts — excuse me while I swoon — and Leon Bridges performs.