Saturday, November 29, 2008
"Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Special" (Channel 50 at 8) attempts to make holiday cooking easier with all sorts of new and useful gadgets.
Ellen DeGeneres hits Vegas for her variety hour, "Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show" (TBS at 9), which pairs the comedian with acts such as dancers, an illusionist and a celebrity impersonator.
Wizards can be so corrupt, including the one who captures Zedd on "Legend of the Seeker" (Channel 50 at 9).
Nothing brings a family together like saving Santaville, a financially strapped town in need of repair from a father and his estranged daughter, in the movie "Moonlight & Mistletoe" (Hallmark at 9), starring Tom Arnold.
The "Funniest Movies of the Year: 2008" (TBS at 10) special features Frank Caliendo hosting the countdown and introducing clips from popular comedies.
Starting with an examination of the place's worst criminals, the "Lockup: New Mexico -- Extended Stay" (MSNBC at 10) documentary series premiere looks at conditions at the Penitentiary of New Mexico.
Sunday morning roundup: "Fox News Sunday" (Channel 5 at 9) interviews Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.); "This Week" (Channel 7 at 10) has Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), and a roundtable with Donna Brazile, Torie Clark, George Will and ABC News's Matthew Dowd; "The Chris Matthews Show" (Channel 4 at 10) features The Post's David Ignatius and Ceci Connolly, NBC's Mark Whitaker and the BBC's Katty Kay; "Meet the Press" (Channel 4 at 10:30) has first lady Laura Bush, Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad and media mogul Ted Turner; "Face the Nation" (Channel 9 at 10:30) has Fareed Zakaria and authors Bob Woodward, Jane Mayer and Michael Eric Dyson; "Late Edition" (CNN at 11) talks to Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Asia-Pacific Foundation international security chief Sajjan Gohel, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling.
Tomorrow night, the two-part film "Britz" (BBC America at 8) tracks British-born Muslim siblings who take drastically different life paths after 9/11, as one tracks down terrorists and the other rebels against repressive government policies.
Apple is parodied on "The Simpsons" (Channel 5 at 8), which brings Lisa into the high-tech world when she becomes the proud owner of a "myPod."
Cleanup starts on "Desperate Housewives" (Channel 7 at 9) after the fire, and Carlos escapes from the flames with an unusual predicament -- his sight may return!
Documentary "Britney Spears: For the Record" (MTV at 10) is such a big deal that it demands a pre-show (at 9) and post-discussion (at 11), as the embattled singer attempts to explain the past few chaotic years of her life.
Department of Defense office politics gets in the way of the team on "The Unit" (Channel 9 at 10) when it's time to break into an anthrax lab.
Airing over four consecutive nights, new series "Unsung" (TV One at 10) celebrates talented artists who were thisclose to stardom but never reached fame.
The stoner comic duo is roasted -- cue lame joke about lighting up -- by friends and comedians on the "Cheech & Chong Roasted" special (TBS at 10).
On the Season 2 premiere of "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood" (E! at 10:30), role model Snoop unleashes his inner child when he meets Jerry Rice and Joe Montana at his son's football practice.
Crazy Tracy Morgan hosts "Laffapalooza!" (TBS at 11), a stand-up gathering of comics including Sheryl Underwood, Mark Curry and Lavell Crawford.
"The Life and Times of Tim" (HBO at 11) wraps up Season 1 with Tim making an accidental enemy out of a computer support employee.
-- Emily Yahr