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James Franco hosts 'SNL'; '60 Minutes' profiles Donald Sutherland

James Franco hosts 'SNL'; '60 Minutes' profiles Donald Sutherland
'Saturday Night Live' host James Franco takes in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. (Rosalind O'Connor/NBC)

"Saturday Night Live" will make headlines, "Sunday Night Football" will generate big ratings, but the Donald Sutherland interview on "60 Minutes" will stick with you.

Sutherland, the father of Kiefer, has appeared in dozens of well-remembered movies. His credits include "The Dirty Dozen," "M*A*S*H," "Klute," "Don't Look Now," "Animal House," "Ordinary People," "Space Cowboys," "Pride & Prejudice" and the "Hunger Games" movies. He has never been nominated for an Oscar, but he received an honorary one this year. He will play J. Paul Getty in the upcoming TV series "Trust."

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In an interview with Anderson Cooper, 82-year-old Sutherland shares a haunting story about his mother. He tears up at the memory of asking her if he was good-looking. "My mother looked at me," the Canadian tells Cooper. "'Your face has character, Donald.' And I went in my room and hid for at least a day."

Has the comment stayed with him? "Not really, just for 65, 66 years," he says. "It's not easy to know that you're an ugly man in the business like I'm in."

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Cooper asks Sutherland if he thinks he's ugly. "Unattractive is a gentler way of putting it," he says.

James Franco, star and director of "The Disaster Artist," will host "SNL" at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Grammy nominee SZA is the musical guest. And current events have given the writers a lot of material to skewer.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" presents the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2). The coverage starts at 7 p.m., and here's hoping it's an exciting game to justify the huge tune-in.

ABC presents the animated blockbuster "Frozen" at 8 p.m. Sunday under the "Wonderful World of Disney" banner. The film certainly lives up to the wonderful billing.

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"Dateline NBC" offers "The Favorite Son" at 9 p.m. Friday. The news magazine explores the murders of a small-business owner and his bride shortly after their wedding. Josh Mankiewicz is the reporter.

Many Friday series – from "Blindspot" to "The Exorcist" to "Blue Bloods" – will offer new episodes.

If you need help getting in the Christmas mood, the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol" with Alastair Sim as Scrooge should help. TCM presents the best version of the oft-told tale at 8 p.m. Friday.

The holiday movies continue Saturday. "Christmas Encore" presents an actress (Maggie Lawson) performing in a stage version of "A Christmas Carol" and finding romance with the director. The movie premieres at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Cannel. "The Christmas Cottage" follows a building designer who, when serving as a maid of honor, meets an old flame. That film debuts at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Love at Christmas — it's the best gift of all.

hboedeker@orlandosentinel.com and 407-420-5756.

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