Tonight on the Tube: SNL Christmas Special & The Mentalist

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Get The Mentalist Season 1 on DVD at AmazonTonight, NBC has a Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas special.

Over on cable, BBC America has a The Truth About Online Anorexia special and ID has a The Will: Family Secrets Revealed special.

In late night, Bravo has the first season finale of Watch What Happens: Live.

I’m scheduled to be on TV Talk with Shaun OMac today at about 4:00 p.m. PT. The show starts at 3:00 p.m. PT and runs two hours. You can listen live or find it at iTunes later on. We’ll be talking about the week in TV.

Prime Picks

Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (NBC): New Special. Kristen Wiig appears as Gilly in a new sketch. Classic Christmas sketches with Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Justin Timberlake and more are shown. Runs two hours.

The Mentalist (CBS): New. Jane gets smacked in the head by a baseball while investigating a case and flashes back to his childhood.

Solid Selections

Iron Chef America (Food Network): Repeat. It’s an “All Star Holiday Dessert Battle” with Paula Deen and Cat Cora going up against Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. A shootout at a gun store may be connected to the suicide of a young woman.

Private Practice (ABC): Repeat. The second episode from this season, “The Way We Were,” replays.

Other Option

  • The Vampire Diaries (The CW): Repeats. Episodes seven and eight, “Haunted” and “162 Candles,” replay tonight.

Sports Notes

  • NFL Network has Thursday Night Football with the Indianapolis Colts at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • TNT has doubleheader NBA action with the Orlando Magic at the Miami Heat followed by the Phoenix Suns at the Portland Trail Blazers.

TV Marathons

Bravo has six episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Discovery Channel has 12 hours of shark TV.
Hallmark Channel has five Christmas/Holiday themed TV movies.
Oxygen has 28 episodes of Snapped.
Spike has nine hours of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episodes.
Syfy has eight episodes of Level 9 early.

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