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Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Photo: Amazon Prime Video); Steven Universe (Screenshot)
Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Photo: Amazon Prime Video); Steven Universe (Screenshot)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16. All times are Eastern.

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Top picks

Steven Universe (Friday, Cartoon Network, 7:30 p.m.): This spring, Steven Universe kicked off its fifth season with the bold and heartbreaking miniseries Wanted. For resident Gem-ologist Eric Thurm, the arc ushered in a darker, more mature era for the show, which we’ll see play out in tonight’s double-header. “Dewey Wins” and “Gem-cation” find the Crystal Gems reunited on Earth, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe from harm.

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Regular coverage

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Friday, ABC, 9:01 p.m.)
Z Nation (Friday, Syfy, 9 p.m.)
Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC, 11:30 p.m.)
The Crown (Saturday, Netflix)

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Wild card

Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Amazon, Friday, 3:01 a.m.): In his action-hero heyday, Jean-Claude Van Damme was referred to as the “Muscles from Brussels” or “He of the death-and-pants-crotch-defying splits.” In his new Amazon series, Van Damme is no longer the high-kicking star of the Kickboxer series. Well, he is, but now he’s deploying all his chops and blows in the defense of our country. This bonkers meta-comedy, which co-stars Phylicia Rashad, debuts its complete first season today. Just be sure to stretch before streaming.

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