* SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (8/7c NBC)
The irreverent late-night show kicks up the Yuletide yuks in this very merry special featuring holiday-themed shticks and skits selected from the show's 35-year history. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin make appearances, and both are seen in vintage bits - Baldwin in the classic "Delicious Dish and the Schweddy Balls" and Martin in "A Holiday Wish." Headlining the show is standout SNL player Kristen Wiig as her recurring character Gilly, that classroom troublemaker who's essentially Annie from the dark depths of hell.
* Survivor: Samoa (8/7c CBS)
Only six players are left and Russell seems to be firmly in control, but now that everyone knows he's a millionaire it could prove to be his downfall. Or maybe it will be his arrogant behavior. Wearing the hidden immunity idol at tribal council? Come on! But as the game winds down (the two-hour finale is Sunday), Russell's biggest threat just might be his strongest ally - Jaison. Can't wait to see what happens.
* The Mentalist (10/9c CBS)
Tonight's case is a home run, but it's not exactly the kind that Jane was expecting. While investigating the murder of a baseball scout, he gets hit in the head with a baseball, causing his thoughts to rush back to his childhood. The memories, recalled in flashbacks, focus on Jane's relationship with his father (Nick Chinlund).
One important step on the road to recovery is making amends, and now that Mikey's completed his stay in rehab, he's ready to do just that. Could this be the turning point that will help the feuding Teutuls put things into perspective? For Mikey's sake, we hope so. Back at the shop, the OCC crew works on a custom chopper for champion pool player Jeanette Lee that's inspired by her moniker, the "Black Widow."
* Thursday Night Football (8/7c NFL Network)
Opening day in Indianapolis proved to be very special for the Colts in September. In a 14-12 victory over Jacksonsville, Peyton Manning tied the great Johnny Unitas for the franchise record for victories; new head coach Jim Caldwell earned his first victory; and Indy wideout Reggie Wayne caught 10 passes for 162 yards. While the Colts are running away with the division in the AFC, the Jaguars remain in the running for a wild-card berth in the playoffs as they host the Colts tonight.