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Saturday's TV highlights: Wrestlers entertain the troops on NBC

December 19, 2009 |  8:18 am
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This week's TV movies

OVERSEAS: WWE superstars and divas perform for American troops in Iraq in "WWE Tribute to the Troops" at 9 p.m. on NBC. Pictured: CM Punk.


"Doctor Who": BBC America salutes David Tennant, who ends his run as the science fiction hero tonight, beginning with a special clip episode that recalls Tennant's time in the TARDIS (5 and 8 p.m.), followed by Tennant's finale as the good doctor (6 and 9 p.m.). Then "Doctor Who: Inside Look" (7:20 and 10:20 p.m.) takes viewers behind the scenes of the long-running series. Finally, "The Graham Norton Show" (7:30 and 10:30 p.m.) dedicates the half-hour to "Doctor Who."

"Saturday Night Live": James Franco hosts with musical guest Muse (11:29 p.m. NBC).


"Devil's Bible": A team of scholars and scientists embarks on a quest to unravel secrets of a large medieval manuscript, claimed to be filled with demonic spells and satanic images, derived from the pact a doomed monk made with the devil (6 and 9 p.m. NGC).

"Samantha Brown's Holidays in New York": Home for the holidays in New York City, Samantha explores Italian operatic dinners, Japanese origami Christmas trees and more (9 p.m. Travel).


"Elf": Will Ferrell stars as a human who was adopted by elves as an infant and grows up thinking he's just a large version of his adoptive father (Bob Newhart). James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Daniel Tay and Edward Asner co-star in the 2003 comedy (8 p.m. CBS).

"The Santa Clause 2": Eight years after he first played the part, Tim Allen returned as the divorced dad magically transformed into Father Christmas in this 2002 Disney comedy sequel. The newer Santa must save the holiday by finding a Mrs. Claus -- fast. Elizabeth Mitchell also stars (8 p.m. ABC).

"The Three Gifts": While their orphanage is renovated over the holidays, three boys (Dylan Sprayberry, Alex Zubarev and Spencir Bridges) are taken in by a couple (Dean Cain, Jean Louisa Kelly) in this new TV movie (8 and 10 p.m. Hallmark).


College football: NCAA Division III, Final: Mount Union vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater (8 a.m. ESPN2); New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State vs. New Mexico from Albuquerque (1:30 p.m. ESPN); St. Petersburg Bowl: Central Florida vs. Rutgers (5 p.m. ESPN).

College basketball: College basketball: Michigan at Kansas (9 a.m. ESPN); UCLA at Notre Dame (11 a.m. CBS); North Carolina at Texas (11 a.m. ESPN); Xavier at Butler (11 a.m. ESPN2); Duke vs. Gonzaga (1 p.m. CBS); Western Kentucky at Louisville (1 p.m. ESPN2); Tennessee at USC (1:30 p.m. FSN); Memphis at Massachusetts (3 p.m. ESPN2).

Women's college basketball: Tennessee at Stanford (Live) (11:30 a.m. FSN).

High school football: CIF Division III Championships: Marin Catholic vs. Serra (Noon FS Prime); CIF Division II Championships: Rocklin vs. Servite (4 p.m. FS Prime); CIF Open Division Championships: Crenshaw vs. De La Salle. (8 p.m. FS Prime).

Pro basketball: The Clippers visit the Philadelphia 76ers (4:30 p.m. FSN); the Lakers visit the New Jersey Nets (5 p.m. KCAL); the Atlanta Hawks visit the Chicago Bulls (5 p.m. WGN A).

Women's college volleyball: NCAA Tournament: Final (5 p.m. ESPN2).

Photo: Craig Ambrosio / World Wrestling Entertainment