“Elf” (2003), 9:30 p.m., ABC Family.
Sure, our TV's are
stuffed with Christmas movies, many of them so-so. Still, some stand
out: A classy new “Hall of Fame” film opens Saturday on Hallmark;
first, this dandy comedy reruns.
Will Ferrell, who's
6-foot-3, plays a guy who suddenly realizes he's not an elf, then
flees the North Pole. It's a fun film, with a strong cast at the Pole
(Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage) and in the real world (James
Caan, Mary Steenburgen and a thoroughly charming Zooey Deschanel).
II: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
This rerun from
January finds Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) with mixed emotions.
An ex-Marine who
fought in Iraq, he's been a big supporter of veterans; now he learns
that several used their military skills to perfect a robbery. In a
separate story, a famed street artist starts a bomb scare.
ALTERNATIVE: More Christmas, cable.
For ABC Family, this
is an annual obsession, with “25 Days of Christmas” filling the
month. Tonight, “Elf” is preceded by the animated “Santa Claus
is Comin' to Town” at 6 p.m., and then by Vince Vaughn as “Fred
Claus” (2007), Santa's shabby brother, at 7.
“Scrooged” (1988) has some fairly funny moments at 7 and 9 p.m.
on AMC, with Bill Murray as a cold-hearted TV executive. Lifetime has
Tatyana Ali in “Dear Secret Santa” (2013) at 8 p.m. and Ashley
Williams in “Christmas in the City” (2013) at 10.
“A Very Murray
Christmas,” any time, Netflix. Bill Murray's version of Christmas
dominates the day – the long-ago Murray in “Scrooged” and the
current one in this offbeat variety show.
mid-season finale, 8 p.m., CW. Widowed from the king of France, young
Mary tries a difficult relationship with Spain's prince. She needs
sexual advice from her former mother-in-law (played by the terrific
Megan Follows) ... who is also scheming to gain power over France as
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. When his grandson's hockey team needs a new
coach, Mike surprises people with his suggestion – Ryan, who is the
boy's father and Mike's foe in many arguments.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:30
p.m., ABC. Here's another comedy focusing on kids and sports: Ken
tries to push his passion for basketball onto his son ... who would
rather go to a city council meeting about the drought.
9 p.m., CBS. In another rerun from January, kidnappers plan to
weaponize a hospital patient who has a lethal strain of the bird flu.
“Grimm,” 9 p.m.,
NBC. This is why it's dangerous to explore at the dump: Two people
are killed there by the Rat King. Also, a badly wounded Trubel is
taken to the hospital and Nick finally meets Meisner.
“Marc Maron: More
Later,” 10 p.m., Epix. Maron is wonderfully witty ... but clearly
not the voice of Everyman. “I'm an anxious, angry-ish person” he
says, soon adding: “I just have a river of rage running through
me.” He makes his discomfort entertaining. It's fun to know him ...
and to not be him.