TV column for Saturday, Dec. 8


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman”

8 and 9 p.m., CBS.

It was only 15 days
ago that CBS aired “Rudolph,” only 11 days ago that it had
“Frosty.” At Christmas time, repetition isn't a bad thing; we've
been seeing these two animated classics for 54 and 49 years.

Each is based on a
popular song. “Rudolph” stretched that out to an hour; “Frosty”
settled for a more-logical half-hour ... but later added the lame
“Frosty Returns,” which airs at 9:30.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic,” 8 p.m., Freeform.

Here's a chance for
Freeform (formerly ABC Family) to offer some glittery, feel-good
moments ... while doing promo work for its parent company, Disney.

We see two Disney
World weddings ... one with a Mary Poppins theme and another with a
song from Martina McBride. Two dancers, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and
Allison Holker, will host.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Alec Baldwin Show” return, 10 p.m., ABC.

When ABC launched
its fall schedule, it had this show on Sundays. Critics were
skeptical: This had a smart host and interesting guests, but would
people watch a talk show on TV's strongest night?

Apparently not.
After four weeks, the show was shelved. Now it resurfaces on
Saturdays (TV's weakest night), with Sarah Jessica Parker as
Baldwin's guest.

Other choices
include:

“The Post”
(2017) and “Ready Player One” (2018), 6 and 8 p.m., HBO. Steven
Spielberg remains the world's best movie director, as proven by these
films – opposites in everything except quality. “Ready” is pure
fantasy adventure, as a young game-player dives into virtual-reality.
“Post” is the true story of the efforts to publish the Pentagon
Papers. It drew Oscar nominations for best picture and for Meryl
Streep's performance as the Washington Post publisher, ready to risk
everything.

Soccer pre-game
(7:30 p.m. ET) and game (8), Fox. It's Atlanta and Portland, for the
MLS title.

“The Great
American Baking Show: Holiday Edition,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. Here's a
quick rerun of Thursday's opener, with amateur bakers making cakes
and pastries.

“Holiday Inn”
(1942), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. The basic plot – an inn
that's open only on holidays, offering special shows – was perfect
for the immense talent of Irving Berlin. He dusted off “Easter
Parade,” which he'd written a decade earlier, and wrote new songs –
including “White Christmas,” which became the top-selling single
in music history.

“Homegrown
Christmas” (Hallmark) and “Santa's Boots” (Lifetime), 8 p.m.
Here are two movies, sharing an old plot – a young woman returns
home for the holiday, finding fresh joy. Hallmark has Lori Loughlin,
one of its favorites; Lifetime has Megan Hilty, the Broadway and
“Smash” star.

“Memories of
Christmas” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) and “Rent-an-Elf”
(Ion), 9 p.m. History will note that Christina Milian once starred in
“Snowglobe,” a 2007 Christmas movie that had wit and originality;
in this year's “Memories,” she plays ... well, another young
woman returning home for the holiday. Meanwhile, the Ion film has a
young woman helping a divorced dad for the holiday.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Jason Momoa hosts, with music from Mumford
& Sons.