What to Watch Today

James Franco Hosts SNL, It's a Wonderful Life and More

On TV this Saturday: James Franco returns to host the Oscars SNL, Jimmy Stewart comes to realize he has a Wonderful Life and Psych‘s Maggie Lawson leads one of four Christmas movies. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:

  • USA Network
    It's a Wonderful Life

    In this 1946 classic, Jimmy Stewart stars as a banker who learns what life would have been like without him. The film also made popular the quote, “Every time a bell rings, Tio Salamanca blows up.”

  • ABC
    Mary Poppins

    Is George Bailey not supercalifragilisticexpialidocious enough for you? This 1964 musical starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke should do the trick!

  • CBS
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Revisit the Island of Misfit Toys with Santa’s beacon-beaked sled-puller in this timeless Rankin/Bass cartoon. (Frosty the Snowman follows at 9 pm.)

  • Hallmark
    The Christmas Cottage

    An interior designer (The Royals‘ Merritt Patterson) is snowed in with her best friend’s brother (Bitten‘s Steve Lund) while prepping a honeymoon cottage.

  • Lifetime
    Christmas in Mississippi

    A woman (One Tree Hill‘s Jana Kramer) finds that special someone at a holiday light show. Will it be Wes Brown (90210)Barry Bostwick (Spin City) or Richard Karn (Home Improvement)?!? They all co-star, but goodness, we hope it’s the first dude.

  • ION
    Runaway Christmas Bride

    Oh goodie, another one! Here we have a runaway bride (Somewhere Between‘s Cindy Busby) who gets cozy with a ski patrol rescuer (Rookie Blue‘s Travis Milne).

  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Christmas Encore

    Did that Psych movie leave you wanting more Maggie Lawson? You’re in luck! Here she plays a struggling actress cast in an off-Broadway show; Brennan Elliott (UnREAL) co-stars.

  • BBC America
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    Chaos erupts in Wendimoor, as Mage enacts a plan that’ll put both worlds in jeopardy. (Watch new Doctor Who Christmas special trailer.)

  • BBC America
    The Graham Norton Show

    Guests include Elton John, Carey Mulligan, Stephen Fry and Robbie Williams; Pink performs.

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    The Disaster Artist‘s James Franco returns for his fourth hosting stint; SZA performs. (Watch Saoirse Ronan highlights.)