Christmas Joy (8 p.m., Hallmark) - Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas continues with a movie set in North Carolina. Joy Holbrook (Danielle Panabaker) is an ambitious market researcher about to get a big promotion in Washington, D.C., but returns to her hometown — fictional Crystal Falls, NC — just before the holidays to care for her injured aunt. While in town, she’s reunited with her former crush, now a hospital administrator (Matt Long). If you’re playing our Hallmark Movie Christmas Drinking Game, note that “Christmas Joy” involves baking.
Also on tonight . . .
The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon (7 p.m. Oxygen) - One of the awful truths that all consumers of true crime know is that crimes against people of color do not get as much attention as crimes against white people. The case of Phoenix Coldon is a prime example. In the first part of a special two-night event, we get the baffling story of this young African American woman who vanished without a trace on Dec. 18, 2011. Coldon’s SUV was found abandoned in the middle of the road in a crime-ridden part of East St. Louis, and her mother and father are still tormented by her disappearance and by not knowing what happened. This special follows investigative reporter Shawndrea Thomas and retired deputy police chief Joe Delia as they attempt to unravel the mystery and find answers for the Coldon family. Part 2 airs Sunday night at 7.
Shut Up and Dribble (9 p.m., Showtime) - This much anticipated documentary series — prompted by Fox talk show host Laura Ingraham’s public criticism of LeBron James and other NBA players’ outspokenness on the current political climate — starts by exploring the league’s social and cultural influence across time. It’s executive produced by James and narrated by Jemele Hill. Learn more about “Shut Up and Dribble” here.
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Watergate (9 p.m., History) - In Part 2 of this 3-part series, the coverup cracks and White House counsel John Dean turns on President Richard Nixon. A Senate committee is formed and a special prosecutor is appointed.
Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) - Jonah Hill hosts tonight, with Maggie Rogers as musical guest.
Austin City Limits (Midnight, PBS / UNC-TV) - Featured are Miguel, blending funk, rock, hip-hop and electronica; and Canadian singer Alessia Cara.