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Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
Actor-producer Ashton Kutcher charges into the role of host, teaming up with the SNL troupe to satirically punk the week's newsmakers, political headlines and hot pop-culture happenings. In addition, Them Crooked Vultures take a straight flight to the music stage. The rock supergroup consists of Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age member Josh Homme and, making his first SNL appearance, Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones. — Dean Maurer

Temple Grandin

8/7c HBO
There's so much to like about this 2010 biopic of Temple Grandin, the animal scientist who revolutionized the livestock industry, but it would be wise to begin with Claire Danes, who does an incredible job playing Grandin as an autistic young woman in the 1960s and 1970s struggling to make her way in the male-dominated field of cattle handling. Director Mick Jackson's treatment of Grandin's point of view is also a plus, as are supporting roles by Julia Ormond, Catherine O'Hara and David Strathairn. — Joe Friedrich

9/8c BBC America
This British import wasn't renewed for a second season, so this Season 1 finale marks the end of the series. The hour finds Luke being haunted by disturbing nightmares about Galvin's connection to the car crash that killed his father. Could his godfather be hiding something about that fateful night? Psychic Karen seems to think so. — Karen Andzejewicz

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship 09/10
8/7c Animal Planet
Long Beach plays host again to the annual canine competition. In a salute to the American Kennel Club's 125th anniversary, the show steps away from its invitational format and opens the door to all 133 breeds recognized by the AKC. This change means that some breeds could make history by winning championship points for the first time ever. By day's end, the top prize of $50,000 is awarded to the dog named Best in Show. But for whichever pooch is in the running, competition just got stiffer. — Rhoda Charles

8/7c Fox
After nearly three idle months, NASCAR fans turn the keys on a new season of stock-car action with the 32nd annual Budweiser Shootout under the lights in Daytona Beach. This year's elite field is comprised of drivers from last season's Sprint Cup Chase (won by Jimmie Johnson, again), the Rookie of the Year (Joey Logano), and previous winners of either a Cup race at Daytona (welcome, Dale Earnhardt Jr.!), the Bud Shootout (54-year-old Ken Schrader) or the Cup Series title (Bobby Labonte). Without points on the line, the informal 75-lap affair aims to entertain following this afternoon's serious business of Daytona 500 qualifying. — Roger Leister