Saturday TV: Jonestown’s Anniversary

JimJonesIt’s been 40 years ago this week that the world was shocked by events in Guyana, where 900 were dead from a murder-mass suicide and a still tasteless popular phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” was born. The documentary “Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle” (Sundance, 9 p.m.), based on the book “The Road to Jonestown” by Jeff Guinn, includes previously unseen footage of cult life under Jim Jones and interviews with some of the survivors, one of which is Jones’ son. Its first half airs tonight, its second on Sunday night.

In another documentary tonight, Barbara Kopple returns to a 1989 crime in Ohio in  “A Murder in Mansfield” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.), in which the son of the victim testified against his father in the case and confronts him anew decades later.

“Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro” (Food, 8 p.m.) is making Thanksgiving preparations in a special in which Ina Garten welcomes some celebrity friends including Jennifer Garner, Nigella Lawson and Marcus Samuelsson.

It’s Thanksgiving for the Kilchers, too, on a three-hour “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery, 8 p.m.)

Primetime network football has Kansas at Oklahoma (Fox, 7:30 p.m.) and Cincinnati at UCF (ABC, 8 p.m.).

“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) gives the lowdown on the network’s 14 impending original Christmas movies, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart.

But presenting almost triple that is Hallmark, already deep into its Christmas movie rollout with another new one debuting tonight, “Christmas at Graceland” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.). Not only is it shot entirely at Elvis Presley’s famous former home, all decked out for the holiday; it also represents the feature film debut for Kelly Pickler, who stars with Wes Brown.

“Pacific Rim: Uprising” (HBO, 8 p.m.) the robots vs. monsters alien invasion sequel, makes its premium cable premiere. IT stars John Bodega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day.

The third episode of “Shut Up and Dribble” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) continues to explore the intersection of sport and activism.

They’re still coupling up on “Ready to Love” (OWN, 10 p.m.).

“The Curse of Oak Island: Digging Deeper” (History, 8 p.m.) is both not an actual episode, but also three hours long.

A new crime fighting duo comes to town on “Henry Danger” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.).

Chad’s sister and her baby come to L.A. on “Chad Loves Michelle” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

Clown time is not over on “Murder Made Me Famous” (Reelz, 8 p.m.) where the subject is John Wayne Gacy.

“Murder in the Family with Geraldo Rivera” (Reelz, 9 p.m.) looks into the murder of Dylan Mcdermott’s mother in 1967.

“Here Comes Mr. Jordan” (TCM, 8 p.m.) is paired with the similar “Heaven Only Knows” (TCM, 10 p.m.). The noir at 12 o’clock is Fritz Lang’s “The Woman in the Window” (TCM, midnight). Then two with Roy Scheider: “The Seven Ups” (TCM, 2 a.m.) and “2010” (TCM, 4 a.m.).

College football begins at noon with games that include Ohio State at Maryland (ABC), Michigan State at Nebraska (Fox), Arkansas at Mississippi State (ESPN), Idaho at Florida (ESPNU), South Florida at Temple (ESPNews), Colgate at Army (CBS Sports) and TCU at Baylor (Fox Sports 1).

After Syracuse vs. Notre Dame (NBC, 2:30 p.m.) comes games at 3:30 p.m. that include West Virginia at Oklahoma State (ABC), Missouri at Tennessee (CBS), Southern Cal at UCLA (Fox), Miami at Virginia Tech (ESPN), Boston College at Florida State (ESPN2), Texas Tech at Kansas State (ESPNU) and Tulsa at Navy (CBS Sports).

Then comes Indiana at Michigan (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.), Air Force at Wyoming (ESPNews, 4 p.m.), Duke at Clemson (ESPN, 7 p.m.), UAB at Texas A&M (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Connecticut at East Carolina (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Rice at LSU (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.), New Mexico State at BYU (ESPN2, 10:15 p.m.), Arizona at Washington State (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.) and San Diego State at Fresno State (CBS Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

Basketball has Utah at Boston (NBA, 7:30 p.m.).

Hockey includes Tampa Bay at Philadelphia (NHL, 1 p.m.) and Florida at Rangers (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college hoops includes Furman at Villanova (Fox Sports 2, 5 p.m.) and Saint Louis at Seton Hall (Fox Sports 2, 8 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its Ford EcoBoost 300 (NBC Sports, 3:30 p.m.).

Women’s soccer has U.S. vs. North Korea (Fox Sports 2, noon) and Germany vs. Cameroon (Fox Sports 2, 3 p.m.).

Janelle Monae plays a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

Steve Carell returns to host a new “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with musical guest Ella Mai.

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