Saturday TV: Pretend It’s Christmas

TheChristmasCure4Hallmark takes a bold jump by filling up a sweltering summer week with its huge backlog of Christmas movies and including a new one tonight.

Brooke Nevin and Patrick Duffy play a father-daughter doctor team, but she’s tempted by a romance with a local guy ( Steve Byers) in “The Christmas Cure” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.). It caps a day of some of their older Christmas movies — and they have a lot of them: “A Rose for Christmas” (9 a.m.), “On the Twelfth Day of Christmas” (11 a.m.), “A Christmas detour” (1 p.m.), “Looks Like Christmas” (3 p.m.), “The Mistletoe Christmas” (5 p.m.) and “A December Bride” (7 p.m.).

It may be a thing. There is also a “30th Annual Christmas in July” (QVC, 10 p.m.).

Before she was Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot was in “Keeping Up with the Jones” (HBO, 8 p.m.), the comedy caper movie from last year with Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher.

Elsewhere there is Mel Gibson in last year’s “Blood Father” (USA, 9 p.m.), the director’s cut of “Alien” (Cinemax, 8 p.m.), “Toy Story 2” (Freeform, 8 p.m.) and “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (Nickelodeon, 9 p.m.),

Krystal gets a clue on “Orphan Black” (BBC America, 10 p.m.).

Strange to have prime time Saturday night network boxing, they way they did at the dawn of television, but here’s Omar Figueroa Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero (Fox, 8 p.m.) in a welterweight championship.

The women’s final at Wimbledon (ESPN, 9 a.m.) this morning has Venus Williams vs. Garbine Muguruza.

On “Still Star-Crossed” (ABC, 10 p.m.), Benvolio seeks Rosaline’s help when he finds himself in serious trouble.

A transwoman is arrested for stabbing a baseball player on “Doubt” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

The third season finale of “20/20: In an Instant” (ABC, 8 p.m.) a family is held at gunpoint by robber.

“Polaris Primetime” (Disney XD, 9 p.m.) is described as a gaming and variety series.

Two cats with big appetites are on “My Cat from Hell” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.).

Another three hour “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 8 p.m.) has women getting a little costumey on their big day, with a black dress or one referencing Harry Potter.

“Autopsy: The Last Hours Of…” (Reelz, 9 p.m.) covers the death of Bruce Lee.

He’s been snatched up from Oprah Winfrey’s network for a lucrative deal by Viacom, but for now there’s still new “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” (OWN, 10 p.m.).

Tia and her daughter go on a rescue mission to Sacramento on “Pit Bulls & Parolees: Back to the Beginning” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

A young couple has problems with their families on “Fatal Vows” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ “The Essentials” looks at movies that involved romances on screen and off: “Woman of the Year” (8 p.m.) with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, “To Have and Have Not” (10:15 p.m.) with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; and “The Getaway” (12:15 a.m.) with Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw.

Later comes a pair of horror movies set in mental hospitals, “The Ninth Configuration” (TCM, 2:30 a.m.) and “Shock Corridor” (4:30 a.m.).

Baseball includes Yankees at Boston (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.) and Texas at Kansas City (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.).

In the NBA Summer League quarterfinals, it’s Portland vs. San Antonio (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), Miami vs. Memphis (ESPN2, 6 p.m.), Boston vs. Dallas (ESPN2, 8 p.m.) and Lakers vs. Brooklyn (ESPNU, 10 p.m.).

In soccer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup it’s Panama vs. Martinique (Fox Sports 2, 4:30 p.m.) and U.S. vs. Nicaragua (FX, 7 p.m.). In a men’s international friendly, it’s Manchester United vs. Los Angeles (ESPN2, 10 p.m.).

Golf’s Scottish Open (Golf, 9:30 a.m.; NBC, 12:30 p.m.) has third round play

It’s also the third round at the Women’s Open (Fox, 2 p.m.) and the John Deere Classic (CBS, 3 p.m.).

The X Games (ABC, 1 p.m.; ESPN, 3 p.m.) continue from Minneapolis.

There is the Women’s Beach Volleyball World Series semifinals (ESPN2, 1 p.m.).

And Stage 14 of the Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8 a.m.) runs from Blagnac to Rodez.

CeCe Winans and St. Paul & the Broken Bones are on “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

Alec Baldwin got an Emmy nomination for his work hosting “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.), an episode repeating tonight. Ed Sheehan is musical guest.


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