What to Watch this Weekend: Jimmy Fallon on SNL and the Season Finales of Survivor and Homeland

Now that the sun sets at noon-ish, the brightest light in our lives is that bluish square we keep in the living room. Here are the items it'll be flickering at us this weekend:

What to watch on Friday, December 16...



8pm, NBC
Chuck
In "Chuck Versus the Curse," Chuck and his favorite galpal Sarah race to stop a dangerous computer virus while also fighting off the dastardly intentions of a sexy superspy played by Rebecca Romijn. Elsewhere, Ellie and Captain Awesome's date night gets ruined. See, and you thought distractingly attractive people had it easy.

9pm, NBC
Grimm
In "Let Your Hair Down" (which fairytale could that be a reference to?), a missing-person case is reopened after a seemingly related murder occurs. Meanwhile Nick needs a favor from Monroe. Which reminds me, how's your Grimm slashfic coming? Link pls.

SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, HBO
The Life and Times of Tim
HBO's funniest kinda-animated comedy returns tonight! In the first segment, Tim takes a job assisting a WNBA player and in the second he decides he needs a better haircut for a new job interview. Which I guess is sort of a spoiler about how the first story turns out.

10pm, Syfy
Sanctuary
Will and Magnus find themselves trapped in a cave-in while pursuing an Abnormal in Bolivia. Meanwhile Henry toils away at his newest invention while recording video letters to his special someone. But don't just take my word for it.


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC
Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8 p.m., Fox
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Fatal Attractions, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9 p.m., Fox
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
Deadly Women, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Invention USA, 10 p.m., History
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, 10 p.m., TBS
Marvel Anime: X-Men, 11 p.m., G4
Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold, 11 P.M., Lifetime

 

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Jude Law on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Mindy Kaling on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Ron Paul and Chris Cornell on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC



What to watch on Saturday, December 17...

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Ladies! Tonight Jimmy Fallon returns to the fold for hosting duties, and he'll bring with him similarly dapper crooner Michael Bublé. More like Happy Hunkidays, am I right? (I don't know if I'm right.)

8pm, Animal Planet
Too Cute! Baby Sloths
Not sure I appreciate the title of this show telling me how to feel, but still: baby sloths! Why not take a trip to a Costa Rican sanctuary dedicated to raising orphaned and/or injured sloths? You have no reason not to.

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9pm, Syfy
Earth's Final Hours
After a "super-dense fragment of interstellar mass" (um, an asteroid?) pierces the earth's core, the planet basically stops spinning and doomsday starts happening. Tune in to see these horrifying events unfold via special effects that resemble a late-'90s screensaver.

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8pm, Hallmark
Christmas Comes Home to Canaan
Fans of Billy Ray Cyrus Christmas movies, look no further: Christmas Comes Home to Canaan tells the story of a widower who finds love with his son's physical therapist and invites her to spend Christmas with their family in Canaan. This sequel will most likely answer all the burning questions that 2009's Christmas in Canaan left you with.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
America's Most Wanted: U.S. Marshals Special Edition, 8 p.m., Fox
Frosty the Snowman, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8 p.m., CBS
Frosty Returns, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8:30 p.m., CBS
CMA Country Christmas, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9 p.m., ABC
Primeval, 9 p.m., BBC America
The Story of Santa Claus, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9 p.m., CBS
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
WWE Tribute to the Troops, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 9 p.m., NBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Graham Norton Show, 10 p.m., BBC America
Would You Rather? With Graham Norton, 11 p.m., BBC America


What to watch on Sunday, December 18...

SEASON 23 FINALE, 8pm, CBS
Survivor: South Pacific
An alternatingly compelling, maddening, and unsurprising season wraps it up tonight with the classic Survivor jury-grilling and live reunion special. The primary point of interest revolves around what might happen when the ousted Redemption Island inhabitant returns to the game, especially since most of the jury despises the remaining players. But personally, I'm more interested in the preview for next season. You know, the one without returning players dominating newbies.

SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, Showtime
Homeland
Forget reality shows about smelly people or long-in-the-tooth serial killer dramas, tonight's main event is this, the 90-minute finale of Homeland. As Carrie's condition deteriorates, Saul attempts to make sense of her timeline. Meanwhile Walker sets up for his primary mission and Brody gets ready for his presumably momentous meeting with the vice president. Merry Stress-mas!

SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, TLC
Geek Love
No, this is not a companion series to Virgin Diaries. Geek Love is actually a charming reality show about speed dating amongst attendees at New York Comic-Con. Tonight's nerdy single cosplayers include Iron Man, Harry Potter, and Chewbacca.

SEASON 6 FINALE, 9pm, Showtime
Dexter
Tonight Dexter and the other detectives attempt to defeat DDK once and for all. Meanwhile Deb declares war on her own imagination and also we the viewers can hopefully put this whole situation behind us.

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8pm, Hallmark
Christmas Magic
A "new angel" (a.k.a. a lady who died) must earn her wings by helping a depressed yet attractive widower save his small business. Ugh, being dead sounds like the worst.


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
Allen Gregory, SEASON 1 FINALE, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Funny or Die's Billy on the Street, SNEAK PREVIEW 9 p.m., Fuse
Leverage, 9 p.m., TNT
Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, SEASON 4 FINALE, 9 p.m., Food Network
Secret Service Secrets, SERIES PREMIERE, 9 p.m., Discovery
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9 p.m., Bravo
All-American Muslim, 10 p.m., TLC
Chef Roblé & Co., 10 p.m., Bravo
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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A bit late to comment as I've already watched Chuck and Californication but...



Friday: QI, Grimm, Life & Times of Tim (not seen this before but I've heard good things).

Saturday: probably The Graham Norton Show depending on the guests,

Sunday: Black Mirror, Misfits, Homeland, Dexter, Robot Chicken and any of the Animation Domination if they are on.
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Chuck, Grimm, and Homeland.
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Dexter, NFL,etc
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Chuck, Grimm, Homeland & Dexter
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SNL and Survivor.
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Smackdown, The Life and Times of Tim (the repeat), Dexter and lots and lots of other sports.
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Chuck, Grimm and Craig Ferguson, Homeland, maybe SNL and re-runs of Star Trek TNG
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Friday: Grimm, Ice Age Christmas special

Sunday: Tebow Time! haha... Dexter, Homeland, Allen Gregory, Robot Chicken
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Chuck, Grimm, and Leverage
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Friday - Chuck, Sanctuary, Craig Ferguson.

Saturday - nothing (I'm taking SNL off the DVR, that's how much Jimmy Fallon bothers me.)

Sunday - Leverage, Robot Chicken, perhaps a Best of DVR spectacular.
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Friday! - chuck, grimm & sanctuary........Sunday!- dexter, leverage & homeland
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Friday: Chuck, Grimm, Sanctuary.

Saturday: Nothing.

Sunday: Homeland, Dexter, Hell on Wheels.
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Oh and SNL too! :) Love JF.
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Homeland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dexter...............................
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Chuck, Grimm and Sanctuary. It's nice to get new episodes so close to Christmas. But Sanctuary will finish it's season this year and Chuck will be all over in January.
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Friday: Chuck, Grimm, Sanctuary, reruns of A Gifted Man, CSI: NY, and Blue Bloods (if they're on)... Saturday: Primeval, reruns... Sunday: Leverage, reruns...
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Leverage
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Friday: Chuck & Grimm



Sunday: Leverage & Dexter
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You think midday sunset's bad. It's not getting dark here until past 9pm. The awful sun is blinding my poor bluish square! Looking forward to the Showtime finales. Maybe if Dexter takes Carrie's medication he'll stop acting like a tween.
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Where do you live? Australia? New Zealand? Wherever it is, I wish I was there. Canadians haven't seen the sun for like 8 years.
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Hobart Tasmania, you know, the last ferry stop before Antarctica. I'm not sure I've got the better deal. All that snow in Canada sounds pretty appealing right now..
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Let's trade places for a weekend. You can build a Snowman. I can try to catch a Tasmanian devil (not the Loony Tunes version). Good times will be had by all.
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Tonight: Chuck and Grimm. Oh, and the LLS w/ CF.

Nothing on Saturday, although baby sloths are just the cutest!

Sunday: Leverage, Hell on Wheels, Dexter, and Homeland.
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Friday: Chuck, Grimm and Sanctuary.



Saturday: SNL



Sunday: Leverage and Hell on Wheels.
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HOMELAND!!!!!!!!!



After that, I'm going to spend the rest of December counting the days til January when that beautiful thing I like to call "decent television" returns to our screens.
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Grimm - it's kind of growing on me - i hope they give Monroe and the police boss more prominence. The other characters (even the grimm) are just not that interesting...
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Why is there no more "We watched it for you"? No Snowmargedon or Deadly Thunderstorm recap...? I never watch the original SyFy movies but I love reading about them here....
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friday



sancuary

grimm



sunday



dexter

leverage

hell on wheels

homeland: marine one

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Dexter and Homeland
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Chuck, Grimm, SNL, Misfits finale!
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Friday: Chuck, Grimm, Sanctuary.

Sunday: DEXTER!!!!
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Friday: The Life & Times of Tim! So happy it was renewed ... also Chuck and Grimm.



Sunday: Allen Gregory and Homeland.
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Chuck, Grimm, Sanctuary and Leverage.
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Friday: Chuck, Grimm, Flying Wild Alaska, Sanctuary, and Mindy Kaling on Craig Ferguson



Saturday: SNL and maybe that sloth thing.. because why not, right? anything with baby animals



Sunday: Homeland
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So excited for homeland! Gonna be insane!
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Fri: Sanctuary, Chuck, Grimm and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. If I had HBO, I'd watch The Life & Times of Tim.

Sat: SNL and Graham Norton.

Sun: Hell on Wheels
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Chuck, Grimm, Dexter, Homeland, Hell on Wheels. Catching up with Treme (watched 2 episodes so far)
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