Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
There will be some true grit when Jeff Bridges serves as host. The 2010 Best Actor Oscar winner for Crazy Heart (and a four-time Oscar nominee) first hosted the show back in 1983 with his brother, Beau, but the star of the Coen brothers' forthcoming western, True Grit, is back in the SNL saddle tonight. Jeff refs a trouncing of the day's topical events and political dramas — and, with Christmas just around the corner, there will likely be some merry ho ho hos and yuletide yuks. In the midst of all this is music guest Eminem, who joins forces with fellow rapper Lil Wayne to perform their duet, "No Love." — Dean Maurer

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New Mexico Bowl
2/1c ESPN
Now 35 games long, college football's all-too-meaningless bowl season is expanding along with our waistlines this holiday season, serving as a mild distraction from the malls and a side-room safe haven on the party circuit. Today's triple-header starts off with BYU and UTEP (both 6-6) in the New Mexico Bowl, followed by Northern Illinois-Fresno State (Humanitarian) and Ohio-Troy (New Orleans). Sure, it's hard to stomach bowl games with such sub-par teams, but they still go down easier than fruitcake. Let the games begin! — Roger Leister

Battle of the Bulbs
8/7c Hallmark
Daniel Stern and Matt Frewer face off in this holiday tale of extreme Christmas decorating. The pair play Bob and Stu, former-friends-turned-neighbors who draw on old animosity to fuel a not-so-friendly competition to decorate their homes for the holidays. Their efforts to outdo one another quickly escalate, and soon the entire town gets caught up in the action. — Brie Hearn

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Guy's Big Bite
8/7c Food Network
It gets hot in the kitchen when Matthew McConaughey stops by to show the host some of his favorite recipes. In this special hour-long episode, the actor whips up herb-rubbed pork roast with pesto veggies and margaritas made with fresh lime juice. Also on the menu are roasted Malibu oysters and farro salad with citrus vinaigrette. — Karen Kelty

WWE Tribute to the Troops
9/8c NBC
There's a little something for everyone in this third annual salute to the military hosted by the WWE wrestlers and divas. This year's site is Fort Hood, Texas, where acts including Diddy-Dirty Money, Trace Adkins, and Cedric the Entertainer are joined by Miss USA Rima Fakih, who will introduce the wrestling matches. — Dave Roeder

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Operation Secret Santa
9:53/8:53c ABC Family
No, this cartoon isn't about the origins of the popular anonymous gift-giving tradition known as Secret Santa. Instead, it's about Wayne and Lanny, Santa's top elves first introduced on 2009's Disney Prep & Landing. For their latest adventure, they're given a top-secret assignment by Mrs. Claus (voice of Betty White): They must sneak into Santa's office and retrieve a mysterious item. And they don't have a lot of time to complete this mission, because Christmas is coming in a few days! — Jennifer Sankowski

Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 — The Stand-Up Special
10/9c HBO
In 2008, Ricky Gervais unveiled his first Out of England show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Tonight's version is in Chicago, so at this rate, the manifest destiny of this British invasion should hit California by 2012. But in the present, an unapologetic Gervais unleashes his anecdotal assaults on, among other things, Noah's ark, famine in Africa and gay marriage, and gives a brief lecture on the philosophy of comedy that includes a joke that will test the limits of what people find funny. — Joe Friedrich