“I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8-9 p.m., CBS.
Each December, CBS
gives us a pair of “Lucy” episodes, with color added by computer.
One is always the same – a Christmas episode, with multiple Santas;
before the pay-off, it's a bit slow and stiff.
The other, however,
changes each year, giving us some classic Lucy moments. Tonight, she
finally gets a chance to be in a Hollywood musical. That, however,
requires descending stairs wearing a towering headdress; after some
mega-mishaps, the director makes a major change.
“November Christmas” (2010) and more, Hallmark Movies &
Clearly, all of TV's
Christmas movies are NOT created equal. Here's a string of four films
that debuted under the classy “Hallmark Hall of Fame” banner.
Each is well-acted and visually splendid; two of them have fairly
good stories, the other two are deeply moving.
Best of all is
“November” (11 a.m.), beautifully directed by Robert Harmon, with
quiet perfection from John Corbett and Sam Elliott. The other gem has
Carla Gugino in “A Season for Miracles” (1999) at 3 p.m. The
fairly good ones are “Fallen Angel” (2003) at 1 p.m. and “Silver
Bells” (2005) at 5.
ALTERNATIVE: Tim Allen comedies, everywhere.
For today, at least,
Allen is an all-purpose star. He has two clever movies -- “Galaxy
Quest” (1999), 6:30 p.m., Syfy and “The Santa Clause” (1994),
7:20 p.m., Freeform – alongside his regular series.
That's “Last Man
Standing,” a fairly funny show at 8 p.m. on ABC. Tonight, he's
ready to be a graduation speaker ... then is told the talk must be
politically correct and free of “micro-aggression.” Also, his
daughter Eve hears stories of all the fun she's missing by not being
championships, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2; 9 p.m. ET, Fox. Saturday will be
packed with championship games, but here's a warm-up. First is the
Mid-American Conference; Western Michigan, undefeated and ranked No.
21, faces Ohio, 8-4. Then – with a preview at 8 p.m. -- is the
Pac-12; Washington (No. 5), with an 11-1 record, faces Colorado, (No.
7-11 p.m., NatGeo Wild. First is a rerun of last week's hours.
They're beautifully filmed, following competing lion clans in Africa;
Charles Dance adds narration with dry-and-deadly intensity. The
craftsmanship is stunning ... but the brutality of nature hardly
makes for a fun Friday. Then the next hours debut at 9; Hyenas –
their clan forced into exile by the lions – prepare to strike.
8 p.m., CW. Caroline takes strong action, when she learns her
children may be the focus of the Siren's latest plan.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. After overhearing his daughter-in-law complain, Ken's
divorced dad decides he's overstayed his welcome. Now he'll move in
with his girlfriend.
Ex-Girlfriend,” 9 p.m., CW. Is a girls-night-out possible, if the
women are total opposites? We'll find out when self-centered Rebecca
organizes a night with self-sacrificing Paula, skeptical Heather and
the formerly shallow Valencia.
9 p.m., CBS. Melanie Griffith returns as Danny's mother, being
questioned by the FBI. Also in this rerun, McGarrett works with an
autistic man who may have murder information.
10 p.m., CBS. While Frank (Tom Selleck) battles a City Council leader
(Whoopi Goldberg), his family has other crises. His daughter worries
about a judge who's been unfair since the death of his wife; his
son's wife wants help for a co-worker who has an angry ex-husband.