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Saturday’s TV highlights and weekend talk shows: ‘I a.m. Elizabeth Smart’ on Lifetime

Alana Boden in the fact-based TV movie "I a.m. Elizabeth Smart " on Lifetime.
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SERIES

Sesame Street Elmo, Big Bird, Rosita, Alan, Julia, Nina and the rest of the neighborhood gather to appreciate all the Thanksgiving traditions, cultures and delicious foods their community has to offer in the season premiere of the venerable children’s show. 9 a.m. HBO

Saturday Night Live It’s a night for rapping as Chance the Rapper hosts and Eminem performs. 8:29 and 11:20 p.m. NBC

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Dirk, Todd and Farah (Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Jade Eshete) try to figure out the identity of the “boy” Dirk is supposed to find as multiple villains converge, all determined to stop them. Alan Tudyk also stars. 9 p.m. BBC America

Chopped Three Iron Chefs (Alex Guarnaschelli, Jose Garces and Marc Forgione) judge a Thanksgiving feast. Ted Allen is the host. 9 p.m. Food Network

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The Graham Norton Show Hugh Grant, Jason Momoa and Sarah Millican are guests and Kelly Clarkson performs in this new episode. 10 p.m. BBC America

SPECIALS

Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs This live benefit to support autism facilities, programs and services, hosted by Jon Stewart, features stand-up performances, sketches and short films, from Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”), Jordan Klepper, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver, Hasan Minhaj and others. From the Theater at Madison Square Garden. 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. HBO

Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders This two-night special revisits the Nov. 15, 1959, murders of four members of the Clutter family in their home in a small Kansas farming community, the infamous crime that was chronicled in Truman Capote’s seminal book “In Cold Blood.” Concludes Sunday. 9 p.m. Sundance

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival Broadcast under the “Austin City Limits” umbrella, this 16th annual event from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium celebrates a number of the top names in music through their nominations in several categories. Among those nominated are John Prine, Sturgill Simpson, Lori McKenna, Rodney Crowell, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Rhiannon Giddens and Charlie Sexton. The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) are hosts. 11:03 p.m. KOCE; midnight KLCS and KPBS

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MOVIES

The Wizard of Oz Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her little dog, Toto, follow the yellow brick road, making friends with an unlikely trio (Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley) in this 1939 classic adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book. Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan costar. 7 and 9:25 p.m. TBS

Coming Home for Christmas A property manager (Danica McKellar) preparing an exclusive estate in Virginia to be sold plans a final Christmas Eve gala for the family, who are largely estranged from one another, in this new holiday comedy. Andrew Francis (“Chesapeake Shores”), Neal Bledsoe and Paula Shaw also star. 8 p.m. Hallmark

I a.m. Elizabeth Smart Alana Boden stars as the Salt Lake City teenager who was abducted from her home in June 2002 by an unhinged religious fanatic (Skeet Ulrich) and his devoted accomplice (Deirdre Lovejoy) in this new TV movie. Elizabeth Smart narrates. 8 p.m. Lifetime

The Autopsy of Jane Doe Norwegian director Andr Ovredal earned high marks from critics for his first English-language film, starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as father-and-son coroners who begin to experience unsettling supernatural phenomena while examining the body of an unidentified woman (Olwen Kelly). Ophelia Lovibond also stars in this 2016 horror movie. 9 p.m. Showtime

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WEEKEND TALK

SATURDAY

Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC

SUNDAY

Good Morning America (N) 6 and 9 a.m. KABC

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State of the Union With Jake Tapper Republican Senate tax bill: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Republican tax plans: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Republican tax plans: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Panel: Amanda Carpenter; Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress; former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo; Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.). (N) 6 a.m. CNN

CBS News Sunday Morning Schools helping to feed hungry children; Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. (N) 6:30 a.m. KCBS

Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace House tax plan: Sec. of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). Panel: Jason Chaffetz; Jessica Tarlov; Jason Riley; Juan Williams. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV; 11 a.m., 7 and 11 p.m. FNC

Fareed Zakaria GPS Turmoil in Zimbabwe; Trump’s Asia visit; Poland; Brexit: Niall Ferguson. Inequality in America: Ray Dalio. ISIS: Salman Rushdie. (N) 7 and 10 a.m. CNN

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Face the Nation Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.); Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough); Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Panel: David French, National Review; Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg; Ruth Marcus, the Washington Post; Ed O’Keefe. (N) 8 a.m. KCBS

Meet the Press Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D- Mich.). Perry Hooper Jr., Trump Campaign in Alabama. Panel: Robert Costa, the Washington Post; Rich Lowry, National Review; Joy Reid; Amy Walter, the Cook Political Report. (N) 8 a.m. KNBC and 3 p.m. MSNBC

This Week With George Stephanopoulos (N) 8 a.m. KABC

Reliable Sources Roy Moore’s anti-media campaign; coverage of Trump accusers; coverage Al Franken controversy: Anna Claire Vollers, Birmingham News; Elaina Plott, Washingtonian Magazine; Michelle Ciulla Lipkin; Marc Fisher, Washington Post. Media deals in the works: Bill Carter. Sean Hannity vs. Media Matters: Angelo Carusone, Media Matters. Photo of Treasury Secretary’s wife holding a sheet of money: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press; Playing Trump on TV: Anthony Atamanuik (“The President Show”). (N) 8 a.m. CNN

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MediaBuzz Uranium One controversy; coverage of allegations surrounding Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) and Alabama Repulican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Panel: Emily Jashinsky, Washington Examiner; Francesca Chambers, DailyMail; Michael Tomasky, the Daily Beast; Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner; Lynn Sherr; Leslie Marshall; Amy Holmes, Rasmussen Reports; Mara Liasson. (N) 8 a.m. and Midnight FNC

60 Minutes Starving children in Yemen; the Voyager space probes; a town in Brazil struggles to recover. (N) 7 p.m. KCBS

SPORTS

College Football The 9-2 USC Trojans can clinch the Pac-12 South Division with a win over the 5-5 UCLA Bruins. 5 p.m. ABC

Click here to download: TV listings for the week of Nov. 19 - 25, 2017 in PDF format

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ed.stockly@latimes.com


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