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Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
It's the last live outing before the holidays, so we can expect some Yuletide yuks tonight. The show has delivered memorable comedy for Christmas in the past — take Alec Baldwin's "Delicious Dish and the Schweddy Balls" and Steve Martin's "A Holiday Wish," for example. Jingling all the way as host is James Franco, who has appeared in the films Milk, Pineapple Express and in the Spider-Man franchise. We also get amusement from Muse. Hot off the release of their fifth studio album, The Resistance, the Brit band delivers alt experimentation and prog-rock blast on the performance stage. — Dean Maurer

College Basketball
2/1c ESPN
Coach Rick Barnes' unbeaten Texas Longhorns battle reigning national champ North Carolina in the first basketball game at "Jerry World," aka the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. As a sure future site of NCAA Tourney action, the mega-complex should get a good test of its hoops setup as thousands take a break from holiday shopping to see if senior Damion James can lead UT past fellow forward Deon Thompson and the latest lineup of talented Tar Heels. — Roger Leister

Doctor Who
8/7c BBC America
As much as we hate to divulge a heavy spoiler about a lead character, it only takes a few keystrokes on any Internet search engine to know what's happening to Doctor Who after Waters of Mars (which airs following this program) and the two-part The End of Time specials. Here, we take a look at David Tennant's run as the Tenth Doctor with interview clips, highlights from the series and previews of the upcoming specials. — Michael Chant

The Three Gifts
8/7c Hallmark
Dean Cain and Jean Louisa Kelly star in tonight's original movie as a couple who decide to take in three misbehaving boys while the boys' orphanage is being renovated for the holidays. The kids soon get their hopes up that they'll be adopted by the pair and decide to change their ways. But while the boys compete for the affection of the couple, their would-be dad isn't so sure he's ready for fatherhood. — Brie Hearn

WWE Tribute to the Troops
9/8c NBC
Vince McMahon proves he's no grinch as World Wrestling Entertainment spreads some holiday cheer to U.S. soldiers abroad for the seventh straight year. McMahon drives a sleigh led by top stars (Now Undertaker! Now Layla! Now Mysterio and Cena!) and divas into Iraq, where soldiers enjoy live events while sharing their stories of fighting to protect our freedom. The most prominent individual in the wrestlers' traveling party is massive Mark Henry, a two-time Olympic weightlifter who demonstrates that his big heart dwarfs his imposing persona in the ring. — Roger Leister