What to Watch Today

Jon Stewart Hosts Too Many Stars, Elizabeth Smart and More

On TV this Saturday: Jon Stewart raises money for autism with the help of a few famous friends, Chance the Rapper and Eminem preside over SNL and Lifetime chronicles the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar:

  • HBO
    Sesame Street

    Season 48 premiere: Elmo, Big Bird, Rosita, Alan, Julia, Nina and the rest of the neighborhood gather to celebrate Thanksgiving; singer Leon Bridges guest-stars.

  • CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC
    College Football

    Nine games: Among the broadcast-TV offerings are Virginia vs. Miami (12 pm, ABC); Mississippi State vs. Arkansas (12 pm, CBS); Michigan vs. Wisconsin (12 pm, Fox); Illinois vs. Ohio State (3:30 pm, ABC); Kentucky vs. Georgia (3:30 pm, CBS); Navy vs. Notre Dame (3:30 pm, NBC); Maryland vs. Michigan State (4 pm, Fox); UCLA vs. USC (8 pm, ABC); California vs. Stanford (8 pm, Fox).

  • HBO
    Night of Too Many Stars

    90 minutes: Jon Stewart hosts this star-studded benefit to raise money for autism programs; Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Adam Sandler, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Howie Mandel, Ben Stiller, Rob Corddry, J.J. Abrams, Ellie Kemper, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney and Olivia Munn are scheduled to appear.

  • Lifetime
    I Am Elizabeth Smart

    This TV-movie, made with Smart’s full participation, chronicles her 2002 kidnapping at the hands of Brian David Mitchell (Riverdale‘s Skeet Ulrich) and co-conspirator Wanda Barzee (The Blacklist‘s Deirdre Lovejoy); Alana Boden (Mr. Selfridge) stars as Smart.

  • Hallmark
    Coming Home for Christmas

    A house manager (The Wonder Years‘ Danica McKellar) throws a Christmas Eve gala for the family whose estate she’s trying to sell. Neal Bledsoe (The Mysteries of Laura) co-stars.

  • Sundance TV
    Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders

    Docuseries premiere (Parts 1 and 2): From filmmaker Joe Berlinger comes this in-depth look at the infamous crime at the center of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. (Two-part finale airs Sunday at 9 pm.)

  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Christmas Homecoming

    A military widow (Hawaii Five-0‘s Julie Benz) and a wounded soldier (Saving Hope‘s Michael Shanks) work together to save a town’s museum.

  • BBC America
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    The villains attempt to stop the heroes, who are this close to identifying The Boy.

  • BritBox

    Sharon Gless (Burn Notice) kicks off an arc as Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson, a “maestro of surgery” and former mentor to Dylan.

  • BBC America
    The Graham Norton Show

    Guests include Hugh Grant, Jason Momoa and comedian Sarah Millican; Kelly Clarkson performs.

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Chance the Rapper hosts, with musical guest Eminem. (Watch Tiffany Haddish’s best and worst sketches.)