What to Watch this Weekend: Chuck, Katy Perry on SNL, and Stephen King's Bag of Bones

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Question: How's my new scarf coming? Obviously you didn't finish knitting it last weekend, but that's cool. We all have busy lives. Luckily you have a whole new weekend with which you can finish knitting all the scarves, especially mine. Good luck! (Oh, and here are some TV listings.)

What to watch on Friday, December 9...



8pm, NBC
Chuck
Community's Danny Pudi guest-stars in "Chuck Versus the Hack Off," which somehow involves an "extreme" computer virus, a cult of weirdos, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Chuck's hacker background. Also, Zachary Levi directed this episode, in case that sort of thing does it for you. (Can TV direction be handsome?)

SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, Starz
Boss
It's finally election day, but that doesn't mean the team's work is over. Kane and Stone continue to work their political "magic," Emma finds her world rocked, and Meredith goes out of her way to get in Kane's good graces.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, History
Invention USA
In this (hopefully!) charming new series, a panel of science experts travel the continent in search of amateur inventors with newfangled ideas to show. Tonight's episode finds the team in the Mojave Desert, where a survivalist has invented a new weapon for preventing animal attacks. Sure, the preceding sentence sounds like a nightmare, but still! Inventions are fun!

10pm, Syfy
Sanctuary
When Kate Freelander appears to warn everybody about an impending Hollow Earth attack, the team comes to suspect that Bigfoot may be involved. Because Bigfoot may be involved.


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC
Frosty the Snowman, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8 p.m., CBS
Frosty Returns, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8:30 p.m., CBS
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Fatal Attractions, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
Grimm, 9 p.m., NBC
Yes, Virginia, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9 p.m., CBS
The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9:30 p.m., CBS
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
Deadly Women, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Onion News Network, 10 p.m., IFC
Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold, SERIES PREMIERE, 10 P.M., Lifetime
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, 10 p.m., TBS
Marvel Anime: X-Men, 11 p.m., G4

 

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Bill O'Reilly on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Charlize Theron on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC
Noomi Rapace & M83 on Last Call with Carson Daly, 1:35 a.m., NBC
Young Jeezy on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS



What to watch on Saturday, December 10...

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Katy Perry's hosting, but if you thought she'd also be the musical guest, you are DEAD wrong. Dead wrong. Couldn't be wronger. Nope, just the wrongest. ROBYN will be the musical guest, duh.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9pm, TLC
Extreme Christmas Trees
That three-foot prickly weed I bought in a parking lot and decorated with popcorn will never look as sad as when I watch this special devoted to the strangest, most extravagant Christmas trees in the world. Included are a tree made from lobster traps, a tree carved from ice, a tree covered in $200,000 worth of ornaments (in THIS economy?!), and a tree in Sweden made entirely from antlers.

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9pm, Syfy
Snowmageddon
Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan stars in this Syfy Original about a mystical snow globe that—you're not even gonna believe this. I shouldn't even bother saying anything because you'll be like, 'WHAA NO WAY.' You know what, I'll just tell you—the snow globe, when shaken, causes a "snowmageddon" in the real world. See, I told you!

AWARDS SPECIAL, 8pm, Spike
Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2011
This is an awards show for video games. "The Legend of Zelda" will be presented with an award. Also there will be advertisements for upcoming games like "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Patriots" and as well as "BioShock Infinite." Just FYI.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Annie Claus is Coming to Town, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8 p.m., Hallmark
Cops, 8 p.m., Fox
Pets 101, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Primetime Nightline, 8 p.m., ABC
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8 p.m., CBS
The American Giving Awards, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8 p.m., NBC
Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, ELECTION SPECIAL, 9 p.m., ABC
Primeval, 9 p.m., BBC America
The Flight Before Christmas, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9 p.m., CBS
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Graham Norton Show, 10 p.m., BBC America
Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I'm Smiling, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 11 p.m., Comedy Central
Would You Rather? With Graham Norton, 11 p.m., BBC America
Mike Epps Presents: Live from Club Nokia, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 12 a.m., Comedy Central


What to watch on Sunday, December 11...

8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
One resident of Storybrooke dies while another begins to remember his or her fairytale origins. Elsewhere, the Evil Queen tries to find someone who'll hunt down Snow White. No offense, but why aren't more people moving away?

ORIGINAL MINISERIES, 9pm, A&E;
Stephen King's Bag of Bones
Pierce Brosnan (hey, where you been, guy?) stars as a grieving widower who rents a lakeside home to work on his novel but gets interrupted by ghosts and whatnot. We all know Stephen King adaptations are hit-or-miss, so fingers-crossed!

10pm, Showtime
Homeland
In the aftermath of last week's explosive episode, Saul will come to believe in Carrie's crazy theories. Meanwhile Brody takes his family on a trip to Gettysburg in order to obtain materials for his true mission. (This show is awesome, no doy.)

SEASON 2 FINALE, 9pm, HBO
Boardwalk Empire
The season's disparate plotlines begin coming together as Jimmy considers reconciling with Nucky and Margaret considers working with Esther Randolph in a partnership that could have big consequences.

9pm, Showtime
Dexter
Tonight Deb and LaGuerta's workplace battle intensifies, plus Travis's female minion pays an unwanted visit to Miami Metro. Also Deb's therapist continues being bossy, but will she make Deb see what's right in front of her?

SNEAK PEEK, 10pm, HBO
Luck
Although HBO's newest prestige series doesn't start until January, tonight it gives us a sneak peek at the first episode. The show focuses on the world of horse racing and stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, and Dennis Farina. And much like Boardwalk Empire, it looks expensive!


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
12 Dates of Christmas, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8 p.m., ABC Family
A Very BET Christmas, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8 p.m., BET
Amazing Race, SEASON 19 FINALE, 8 p.m., CBS
Ned Bruha: Skunk Whisperer, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
The Christmas Pageant, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8 p.m., Hallmark
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Fox
White House Christmas 2011, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8 p.m., HGTV
The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Family Guy, 9 p.m., Fox
Leverage, 9 p.m., TNT
Little People Big World: Holiday Surprise, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9 p.m., TLC
Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, 9 p.m., Food Network
The Good Wife, 9 p.m., CBS
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9 p.m., Bravo
American Dad!, 9:30 p.m., Fox
All-American Muslim, 10 p.m., TLC
Chef Roblé & Co., SERIES PREMIERE, 10 p.m., Bravo
CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., CBS
Hell on Wheels, 10 p.m., AMC
Kourtney and Kim Take New York, 10 p.m., E!
Robot Chicken, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network



What are you watching this weekend?

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