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'SNL,' 'I Love Lucy,' 'Sound of Music': This weekend

Matt Damon, right, hosts 'Saturday Night Live.' He will be joined by, from left: Beck Bennett, musical guests Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson and Cecily Strong.
Matt Damon, right, hosts 'Saturday Night Live.' He will be joined by, from left: Beck Bennett, musical guests Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson and Cecily Strong. (Rosalind O'Connor/NBC)

Television pulls out old favorites from “I Love Lucy” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to “The Sound of Music” this weekend.

Another old favorite, “Saturday Night Live,” could make the most headlines with its Christmas show. Matt Damon, who played Brett Kavanaugh earlier this season, returns to host at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC. “SNL” does best with topical humor these days, and the writers can draw on recent events featuring Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer. The musical guests are Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus.

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A holiday tradition continues with CBS presenting colorized episodes of “I Love Lucy” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” on Friday.

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball, left) bakes bread and shocks Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance) on 'I Love Lucy,' now colorized.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball, left) bakes bread and shocks Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance) on 'I Love Lucy,' now colorized. (CBS)

The “I Love Lucy” hour, at 8 p.m., contains the episode in which Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) bakes bread in epic fashion. The Van Dyke hour, at 9 p.m., gives fans two memorable episodes: “Where Did I Come From” (son Ritchie asks) and “Never Bathe on Saturday.” In the latter, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) gets her toe caught in a bath spout.

In news, “60 Minutes” looks at how plastic waste is devastating Midway in the Pacific. The news magazine will start late — 7:30 p.m. Sunday or later on CBS — because of football. Sharyn Alfonsi explains how squid, fish and the Laysan albatross are affected by plastic pollution. Kelly Goodale, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says every albatross on Midway has plastic in its stomach. The program also features Boyan Slat, a Dutch inventor who has a plan to clean up the plastic waste.

ABC’s “20/20” offers a prison interview with Gypsy Rose Blanchard at 10 p.m. Friday. Blanchard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, who claimed Gypsy Rose was terminally ill and wheelchair bound. But Gypsy Rose proved she could walk and wasn’t dying. Some experts theorize the mother had Munchausen syndrome by proxy and inflicted illness on her daughter. Amy Robach reports.

“Dateline NBC” presents “In a Lonely Place” at 9 p.m. Friday. Keith Morrison reports on an entrepreneur who went on an international surfing adventure, stunning his family.

The CW presents the 87th Hollywood Christmas Parade at 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” serves as grand marshal. Hosts for the two-hour special are Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams. There will be performances by Donny and Marie Osmond, the Beach Boys, Elliott Yamin, Kimberly Caldwell, David Archuleta, Ashanti and Ruben Studdard. Dr. Oz puts in a special appearance.

Julie Andrews as Maria in 'The Sound of Music,' which airs Sunday on ABC.
Julie Andrews as Maria in 'The Sound of Music,' which airs Sunday on ABC. (20th Century Fox / TNS)

“The Sound of Music” will sprawl over four hours, starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, on ABC. The best picture Oscar winner of 1965 features Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, glorious scenery and the songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. If those are a few of your favorite things, you should tune in. But be there for the start, one of the best openings in movie history. Robert Wise directed and won the Oscar for his work.

Steve Harvey hosts Miss Universe from Bangkok, Thailand, at 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox. The telecast runs three hours, and more than 100 women will compete.

Sunday’s most-watched show will be “Sunday Night Football.” The Philadelphia Eagles visit the Los Angeles Rams. The game starts at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

Email Hal at hboedeker@orlandosentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter: @tvguyhal. Instagram: TVGuyHal

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