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Saturday Night Live (Saturday, 11:30/10:30c, NBC)
You laughin' at me? Let's hope that's the case when revered Oscar-winner Robert DeNiro returns to host SNL for his third time, kicking off three weeks of new episodes. (DeNiro's Little Fockers, the third film in the Meet the Parents series, opens Dec. 22.) Musical guest is Diddy-Dirty Money, a group comprised of Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kalenna Harper and Dawn Richard.

The Simpsons (Sunday, 8/7c, Fox)
Special guests pop into Springfield for this year's holiday episode, including the very well-chosen Martha Stewart as Martha Clause, spouse to another overweight icon, who responds to a despondent Marge's letter about how her family isn't getting in the holiday spirit. In another vignette, Katy Perry appears as herself in a live-action sequence featuring Simpsons puppets. Wonder if it's as racy as her Sesame Street routine with Elmo that got banned.

Boardwalk Empire (Sunday, 9/8c, HBO)
The first season of this deluxe period crime drama comes to an end, with Nucky nervously anticipating results of Election Day, while Chicago mobster Torrio brokers a deal between two enemies (what does this mean for his henchman Al Capone?). Meanwhile, many other characters face turning points, including Nucky's brother Eli, Nucky's estranged gal pal Margaret and Nucky's obsessive antagonist, Agent Van Alden. Sounds like a busy night for Nucky.

The Walking Dead (Sunday, 10/9c, AMC)
Over already? The gripping horror drama concludes its six-episode first season with our heroes (and a few anti-heroes) taking refuge inside the Centers for Disease Control facility, where everyone takes stock of what they have left to live for. But how long will this safe haven stay that way? And what's next for Rick Grimes and his scrappy band of survivors? It's going to be a long wait (until roughly next October) between chapters. Until then, we'll have to settle for zombie nightmares.

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