Here’s what’s on TV tonight.
Where the Crayfish Sing (Netflix)
Crawdads hit theaters this summer and is moving to Netflix today. Based on the book by Delia Owens, the story follows the life of a young girl who was abandoned to grow up alone in a North Carolina swamp. To enhance your viewing experience, read reporter Korie Dean’s story about where exactly the story takes place.
Homecoming of the Reindeer Games (8pm, Lifetime)
Sparks fly between a Vermont biology teacher and her high school crush as they compete in a traditional holiday fundraiser in this new holiday movie.
The Royal Nanny (8pm, Hallmark)
Working undercover as a nanny, an MI5 agent must resist Prince Colin’s charms while protecting the royal family… during the holiday season.
Our Italian Christmas Memories (10pm, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
While their grandfather was struggling with dementia, the Colucci siblings set out to recreate their late grandmother’s iconic pasta sauce to help him refresh his memory.
48 HOURS: The ‘unsolvable’ murder of Roxanne Wood (10 p.m., CBS)
correspondent Peter van Sant deals with the February 1987 assassination Roxanne Wood, who was discovered dead by her husband Terry on the kitchen floor of their Niles, Michigan home. From CBS: “Detectives said Roxanne Wood was sexually assaulted and her throat was cut. DNA was preserved from the crime scene, but given the technological limitations of the time, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge suspects. The case went cold. Then, 34 years later, an investigative genetic genealogist Gabriella Varga I had to work on something that many considered unsolvable because of the small amount of DNA that was left.”
CBS reports how the incredible work of Vargas, an undercover cop, and a cigarette butt led investigators to their killer and solved the case. The episode is available to stream on Paramount+.
Saturday Night Live (with Dave Chappelle) (11:30 p.m., NBC)
comedian David Chappelle Host tonight with musical guest Dark Star. There has been some controversy surrounding Chappelle’s hosting gig, with multiple reports that some SNL writers have left in protest (related to the anti-trans material that constantly pops up in Chappelle’s material).
This is the third time Chappelle has hosted the sketch show in the week immediately following a major election. (Chapelle previously hosted “SNL” on Saturday after the 2016 and 2020 elections.)
I wrote the following for our weekly Happiness is a Warm TV newsletter if you’re interested in some local media history (there’s a link to subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of this story):
The Chappelle + “SNL” combo will always make me think of his 2016 performance that led to some local shame: WRAL, the local NBC affiliate, “muted” Chappelle’s speech several times throughout the show, including in his monologue and various skits. (NBC went silent at the network level.) The station’s management at the time said that Chappelle’s language violated the station’s “obscenity, decency, and obscenity” policy.
After censorship screams from viewers and some national media exposure, WRAL changed its language policy the next week and aired this message ahead of the episode: “Look, you’re an adult watching a late-night comedy show. From now on, we’re moving away from the dreaded Silencer on every episode of SNL. And live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! And Raleigh keeps all the words!”
I have confirmed with the current WRAL Vice President and General Manager Joel Davis that the “hands off” policy regarding the mute button for late-night shows is still on the channel, so watch with abandon (or don’t).
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