Saturday TV: More Christmas Movies

santa's bootsMegan Hilty stars in the latest made-for-TV holiday romance, “Santa’s Boots” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), opposite Noah Mills. She plays a kind of elf, which is pretty much the same plot of another made-for-TV movie, “Rent-An-Elf” (ION, 9 p.m.) about yet another type-A working woman who falls for a divorced man during the holiday season. Kim Shaw and Sean Patrick Thomas star.

Female leads in such films all tend to have MBAs, such as the one in the new “Homegrown Christmas” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.), in which Lori Laughlin plays a former CEO who returns to her own high school to organize a Christmas dance, only to rediscover her high school flame (Victor Webster).

For a bigger budget feature, Stephen Spielberg’s sci-fi adaptation “Ready Player One” (HBO, 8 p.m.) with Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke, makes its premium cable debut. Also on tonight: “Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us” (Disney XD, 7 p.m.).

She already had a job on the network so it was up to Jenna Bush Hager to come up with her own remembrance special to cap the week of his funeral, “Remembering George H.W. Bush: A Love Letter to Gampy” (Nbc, 8 p.m.), which includes interviews with the rest of her family including the other president in her family, her dad.

“Versailles” (Ovation, 10 p.m.) ends its three season run with a 90-minute series finale that includes an assassination attempt of France’s King Louis XIV.

It’s embarrassing enough for a new network show to do so badly they have to move remaining episodes to Saturdays. But  “Sundays with Alec Baldwin” (ABC, 10 p.m.) even has the wrong day of the week in the title now. Sarah Jessica Parker is his guest.

Return to the Island of Misfit toys in the umpteenth re-airing of the 1964 stop action “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (CBS, 8 p.m.). Also back: “Frosty the Snowman” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and “Frosty Returns” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

New to prime time network sports is Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers (Fox, 8 p.m.) in a major league soccer playoff game.

It’s not much of a college football Saturday in the lull before the bowl games except for one thing: The Heisman Trophy Ceremony (ESPN, 8 p.m.) given to a top player.

Mixing excesses of over-the-top marriages with overdone holidays, there’s “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic 2” (Freeform, 8 p.m.), a kind of catalog for destination events at the theme parks.

“Santa’s Boots” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.).

The remaining men and woman on “Ready to Love” (OWN, 10 p.m.) are sent to a romantic getaway at a lake house.

Who’s the greatest? A replay of “The Great American Baking Show” (ABC, 8 p.m.) runs opposite a rerun of “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

There’s actually a funeral on “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

A judge’s office gets a redesign on “Sweet Home” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

The murder of Dave Navarro’s mother and aunt is recalled on “Murder in the Family with Geraldo Rivera” (Reelz, 9 p.m.).

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to March Field Air Museum in Riverside, Calif.

Vintage Christmas movies on Turner Classic Movies have “Holiday Inn” (8 p.m.), “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (10 p.m.). But earlier in the day is a more cynical holiday goodie: “Meet John Doe” (noon).

Other holiday fare includes “The Santa Clause” (Freeform, 9 p.m.) which actually runs opposite its sequel “The Santa Clause 2” (AMC, 8:30 p.m.) but not “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (Freeform, 11 p.m.). There is also “Jungle All the Way” (AMC, 6:30 p.m.),  “Santa Hunters” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.), “Office Christmas Party” (Showtime 2, 8 p.m.), “Bad Santa” (Comedy Cental, 7 and 9 p.m.), “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” (Showtime2, 9:45 p.m.) “The Polar Express” (AMC, 11 p.m.),

Basketball includes Minnesota at Portland (NBA, 10 p.m.).

Hockey has Toronto at Boston (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Michigan State at Florida (CBS, noon), Wichita State at Oklahoma (ESPNU, noon), Pittsburgh at West Virginia (ESPN2, noon), Kentucky vs. Seton Hall (Fox, noon), South Carolina at Michigan (Fox Sports 1, noon), Xavier at Cincinnati (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), BYU vs. Utah (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.), Louisville at Indiana (Fox, 2:30 p.m.), Georgetown at Syracuse (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.), Clemson vs. Mississippi State (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), Northern Illinois at Butler (Fox Sports 1, 4:30 p.m.), Kansas State at Tulsa (CBS Sports, 4:30 p.m.), Wisconsin at Marquette (Fox, 5 p.m.), Yale at Duke (ESPN, 5:30 p.m.), Florida State vs. Connecticut (ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.), New Mexico State at Kansas (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.) and Notre Dame at UCLA (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.).

College football has Colgate at North Dakota State (ESPN, noon) and Army vs. Navy (CBS, 3 p.m.).

Golf has the second round of the QBE Shootout (Golf, 1:30 p.m.; NBC, 2:30 p.m.).

Winter sports includes the Snowboarding World Cup (NBC Sports, 1 p.m.), Halfpipe Skiing U.S. Grand Prix (NBC, 4:30 p.m.) and U.S. women vs. Canada (NBC Sports, 9:30 p.m.) in the Curling World Cup.

Women’s college volleyball includes Wisconsin vs. Illinois (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Nebraska vs. Oregon (ESPNU, 6 p.m.), Texas vs. BYU (EPNU, 8 p.m.) and Stanford vs. Penn State (ESPNU, 10 p.m.).

Band of Horses and Parker Milsap play an edition of “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m.) from last year.

“Aquaman” Jason Momoa hosts “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) for the first time. Mumford & Sons are musical gusts.

 

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