What to Watch This Weekend: A Colorized I Love Lucy Christmas, SNL With Fallon and Timberlake, and HBO's James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend

What to watch on Friday, December 20...

8pm, NBC
It’s a Wonderful Life
Clarence finally gets his yearly opportunity to pull George Bailey back from the brink, assuming NBC doesn’t bump this Christmas classic for a repeat of The Sound of Music Live! again.

8pm, CBS
I Love Lucy Christmas Special
Two episodes of the seminal sitcom—now in bright, shiny color, which makes everything funnier—are presented back-to-back. “The Christmas Episode” centers on Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel decking the halls and flashing back to the birth of Little Ricky. Then in “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” the Ricardos and the Mertzes head to Rome, where Lucy catches the eye of a local filmmaker.

8pm, TNT
Christmas in Washington
Hugh Jackman emcees the annual festivities from D.C.’s National Building Museum. Backstreet Boys, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monáe, and many more will grace the concert stage; special guest Charles Barkley hopefully will not.

8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
Carrie has one last shot to earn an Interview byline, and it hinges on her sit-down with a jeans company CEO. Elsewhere in “The Second Time Around,” a rift forms in Mouse and West’s relationship, Tom lends Walt some advice, and Maggie summons the nerve to come clean to her dad.

9pm, The CW
Ryan drops a bombshell on Nikita in “Bubble,” and the shockwave could leave all her work against The Shop in pieces. Meanwhile, Alex schemes to preempt Sam’s next heist.

9pm, Fox
Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts gang decides to help Linus set aside his trusty security blanket—a fool’s errand, of course. Why, Linus Van Pelt without his blanket is like Samson without his mane, like Hendrix without his ax, like Link without his Master Sword, like… well, you get the picture.

9pm, Showtime
The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun Return to Hyde Park
The Stones return to the London park where they performed a famous free concert in July 1969, now a little older, a little wiser, perhaps needing an extra dose of fiber in the morning to get those ya-ya’s out, and with a songbook that spans five decades to draw upon.

9pm, CBS
Hawaii Five-0
A murder investigation leads Chin down a hazardous path in “Pukana” when it turns out the perp may be a serial killer. In less homicidal happenings, an enigmatic puzzle box washes ashore and snares Danny’s and Grace’s attention.

10pm, IFC
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Zach Galifianakis stops by for a chat, and a sommelier pairs each segment of the show with its most suitable vino vintage.

– The cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Pentatonix on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Michael Strahan, "World's Greatest Baker" Marjorie Johnson, and Leona Lewis on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Kristen Wiig and Darlene Love on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Judd Apatow and Lissie on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, December 21...

10:30am, The Hub
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
“Power Ponies” transports the gang to a comic book universe, where they must become their most superheroic selves in order to face the diabolical Mane-iac. But when the chips are down, could it fall to sidekick Spike to save the day?

8pm, ABC
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” demands an unusually aggressive Peanuts special, in which Linus and Lucy’s little-seen kid brother ReRun seeks holiday solace from his buddy Snoopy—and from the beagle’s own black sheep brother, Spike.

9pm, BBC America
Ariadne’s loyalties are split when her exiled brother Therus reemerges in “White Lies.” As Jason and the fellas try to help the princess slip out of the palace, Therus sets a plan in motion that could topple King Minos. To my knowledge, no character named Spike appears in this episode.

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Studio 8H throws open its doors to a pair of bright-eyed newcomers named… hang on, let me double-check my notes… ah yes, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Something tells me these plucky song-and-dance men just may fit in all right.


What to watch on Sunday, December 22...

8pm, ABC
The Sound of Music
The beloved film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, starring Julie Andrews as Carrie Underwood and Christopher Plummer as the dude from True Blood.

8pm, PBS
Mr. Stink
Hugh Bonneville doffs his Grantham duds to portray the eponymous homeless man, who becomes the only friend of a 12-year-old girl—and who soon takes up residence in her family’s garden shed.

8pm, E!
I Am Britney Jean
This promotional tool documentary chronicles Britney Spears’ efforts producing a two-year Las Vegas residency, preparing her latest album, and taking on the challenges of motherhood.

8:30pm, HBO
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend
A salute to the Emmy-winning actor, who passed away in June at the age of 51. More than two dozen of Gandolfini’s friends and colleagues share their remembrances.

9pm, HBO
Annie turns away from her band, Antoine turns to an all-nighter for inspiration, and McAlary turns the big 4-0. Elsewhere in “Sunset on Louisianne,” Lambreaux plans to pass the mantle of Big Chief to Delmond after he departs, and Everett returns to the Big Easy.

10pm, HBO
Getting On
“Nightshift” finds DiDi dealing with a new addition to the ward—and with a posse of pickled party-crashers. Meanwhile, Dr. James sets her sights on the future, and Dawn and Patsy share an unusual evening.

10:30pm, HBO
Ja’mie: Private School Girl
The school has a whole new impression of Ja’mie upon her return. But the halo effect could be short-lived after a tawdry video emerges.

10pm, Food Network
Cutthroat Kitchen
One chef must MacGyver their way through a task in “Duck, Duck Gnocchi,” while another must prepare a dish with a potato masher adorning their hand. Although the new accoutrement is a burden in the kitchen, it actually comes in quite handy when fighting crime later that night. So, y’know, trade-offs.


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