Saturday Night Live (NBC) — Jeff Bridges hosts, with musical guest Eminem (featuring Lil’ Wayne). Bridges has good timing: he’s got two movies to promote this month — Tron: Legacy (out today), and the Coen brothers’ True Grit (opening next week). If you gave me enough money to see both of those movies, I’d probably just get two tickets to True Grit and watch it twice. (Drew adds, “Note to Seth Meyers: If you have Jeff dress up as The Dude and make a lousy sketch out of it, you will pay the consequences.”)
Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS, Sunday) — Season finale. Even Jeff Probst admitted that it’s “not one of our greatest seasons.” But hey, Jimmy Johnson was there for a couple weeks. That’s something.
Gold Rush: Alaska (Discovery, Friday) — An exhilarating reality show about six men who are 160 years late to the peak of their profession.
Leverage (TNT) — Season finale. Timothy Hutton is the poor man’s Kevin Bacon.
Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 (HBO, Saturday) — A stand-up special that follows Gervais’s 2008 Out of England, which I thought had some great moments but lagged at times. Gervais is a comedic genius, but sometimes I want him to tell his jokes without cracking up at himself. I understand that that’s blasphemy to some of you, so I welcome your scorn.