He last hosted in February of 2005, but Ozark star Jason Bateman is back in Studio 8H tonight as SNL returns from break for the first of three new episodes this month.
Also tonight: Hallmark revisits the magical town of Evergreen, and basic cable serves up an extra helping of holiday classics featuring the likes of Frosty, Rudolph, Tim Allen and Chevy Chase. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Saturday:
NEW EPISODE: Back after an extended post-election break, Saturday Night Live welcomes host Jason Bateman and musical guest Morgan Wallen, whose October booking on the show was postponed after he flouted the show's COVID protocols. Live coast to coast at 11:30 PM ET / 8:30 PM PT on NBC
MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE: Rukiya Bernard takes the lead in Christmas In Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing, Hallmark's fourth annual holiday movie set in the fictional town of Evergreen. Antonio Cayonne, Ashley Williams and Holly Robinson Peete also return. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark
MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE: Kyla Pratt and Brooks Darnell star in Let's Meet Again on Christmas Eve as former college sweethearts who are reunited by chance years later. Will sparks fly again? Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Common and Keke Palmer host the YouTube special Bear Witness Take Action 2 which aims to carry on the fights for justice and racial equality that surged around the globe in 2020. Watch preview. 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT on YouTube
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Fred Astaire narrates the classic 1970 Rankin/Bass stop motion holiday special Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, in which Santa is young, buff, dating the future Mrs. Claus, and squaring off against Burgermeister Meisterburger. 6:35 PM ET on Freeform
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: First broadcast in 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer follows the famous misfit and his friends as they search for their place in the world and wind up saving Christmas in the process. 7:40 PM ET on Freeform
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: It was 51 years ago that Frosty the Snowman first came to life in this holiday classic, all these years later he's still going strong. 8:45 PM ET on Freeform
HOLIDAY MOVIE: Tim Allen signs on with Team Santa in The Santa Clause, but fails to read the fine print before he dons the classic red suit. 9:20 PM ET on Freeform
HOLIDAY MOVIE: Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decides to play it safe in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and celebrate the holidays at home, only to have Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), an out of control dog, and a series of inevitable mishaps threaten to blow up his holiday cheer faster than a match tossed in a backed-up sewer line. 8:00 PM ET on AMC
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