TV column for Saturday, Dec. 9


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Mary Poppins” (1964), 8-11 p.m., ABC.

Over the next two
nights, ABC lets families snuggle together for classic movies –
recent (“Frozen” is Sunday) and not. This one is a delight, No. 6
on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals.

Julie Andrews won an
Academy Award, as the magical and strong-willed nanny; Dick Van Dyke
drew a supporting-Oscar nomination as her Cockney friend. There were
four more Oscars and seven more nominations, including best picture.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
Cartoons, 8-10 p.m., CBS.

Families may need to
keep their recording devices busy tonight. At the same time as “Mary
Poppins,” here are reruns of three shows – fairly good, very
popular -- that have already aired once this season.

“Rudolph the Red
Nosed Reindeer” is at 8. That's followed by the jaunty “Frosty
the Snowman” at 9 p.m. and its disappointing sequel, “Frosty
Returns,” at 9:30.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: More classic movies, cable.

“Mary Poppins”
collides with two more films considered all-time classics.

At 8 p.m. ET, Turner
Classic Movies has “Woman of the Year” (1942), with Katharine
Hepburn and Spencer Tracy colliding amid sharply comic dialog. And at
8 p.m. on the USA Network is “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946), with
James Stewart, Donna Reed and an abundance of Christmas warmth.

Other choices
include:

“Will &
Grace,” 8 p.m., NBC. This rerun has it all. There's a sharp,
dead-serious monolog by Will, lecturing the much-younger guy he's
dating. And there's some hilarious sight gags with Grace and Karen,
putting a modern spin on the old scene with Lucy and Ethel stuck in a
shower.

“The Gifted,” 8
p.m., Fox. In a fairly good rerun, Blink has pushed her powers too
far, collapsing. Now Caitlin and Eclipse make a risky effort to get a
crucial serum.

“Christmas in
Mississippi,” 8-10 p.m., Lifetime. Jana Kramer has managed to
juggle multiple careers. A singer – in 2013, the Academy of Country
Music named her best new female – she's had a busy acting career,
including three seasons on “One Tree Hill.” Here, she co-stars
with Wes Brown; also at 8 p.m., Maggie Lawson (fresh from the “Psych”
movie) has “Christmas Encore” on Hallmark.

“Superstore,”
8:30 p.m., NBC. In a funny rerun, people rush to re-open the store
... while pondering repercussions of things they did during the
tornado.

“Lethal Weapon,”
9 p.m., Fox. Riggs heads to Mexico, to avenge his wife's murder.
Murtaugh heads there after him; later, both face investigations about
their actions.

More new Christmas
movies, 9 p.m. “Runaway Christmas Bride” is on Ion; “The
Christmas Cottage” is on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. James Franco has just opened an eccentric
film -- “The Disaster Artist,” based on the story behind the
creation of what's considered one of the all-time bad movies. Now he
hosts “SNL,” with Sza as music guest.