Well, in New York it is, anyway. I’d say this is the first weekend of the fall that’ll be so egregiously cold that staying in and devouring some good small-screen entertainment — along with one of those “grids” of Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough, and I know you know what I’m talking about — is totally excusable. No one can expect you to leave the house in these harsh conditions — and if they do, why… would you look at that? The conditions have suddenly given you a cold. Grab your ratty fleece blanket and check out these recommendations from EW.
— Get your Christmas on with a special edition of Miracle on 34th Street.
— If it’s time for a “watch the same show until the season’s over or I fall asleep” kind of day (which it usually is), get caught up on season 5 of 24 before it premieres again Jan. 14.
— All five seasons of Alias are now out, FYI.
— So is the excellent first season of St. Elsewhere. Heads up, House fans: Here’s your chance to see David Morse in a medical drama as someone other than the guy everyone else hates.
Tonight: Scurry on over (right now — you have, like, less than an hour) to record the Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,the long-running Christmas special that made EW’s Dan Snierson ask,”How is it that we get older, but this special never gets old?” (CBS,8-9 p.m.)
Saturday: Somehow, Annette Bening’s going to host SNL.
Sunday: It’s finale night for The Wire (HBO, 10-11 p.m.) and The Amazing Race (CBS, 8-9 p.m.). EW’s Must List called this fall’s Wire “the best season of he best drama on TV.” And Alabama moms Lyn & Karlyn are the first-ever all-female Racers to make it to the final 3.