Seasonal TV program notes/film fare
December 11th, 2012
Sunday, Dec. 16, 1-3 p.m. EDT (Lifetime) “The Perfect Holiday” (2007). Amiable romantic comedy, narrated by “Mrs. Christmas” (Queen Latifah), in which a divorced mother of three (Gabrielle Union) must cope with the machinations of her egotistical rap star ex-husband (Charles Q. Murphy) and the resistance of her 10-year-old son (Malik Hammond). She gradually falls, with the help of her daughter (Khail Bryant), for a songwriter and shopping-mall Santa (Morris Chestnut) who’s posing as an office supply salesman.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 8-9 p.m. EST (PBS) “Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn.” Actress Jane Seymour and baritone Nathan Gunn join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra for a Christmas special featuring some of the season’s best-loved songs.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 9:30-11 p.m. EST (TCM) “A Christmas Carol” (1951). This British version of the Dickens’ classic has worn well over the years principally because of Alistair Sim’s zestful performance as Scrooge, the old humbug whose transformation into a loving human being is a pleasure to behold.
Thursday, Dec. 20, 8-9 p.m. EST (ABC) “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” Animated special centering on Rerun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy, and Snoopy’s canine brother, Spike.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 10-11 a.m. EST (EWTN) “San Juan Children’s Choir Presents: Siempre Navidad.” The joyful spirit of Christmas in Puerto Rico is captured in this performance by the island’s San Juan Children’s Choir.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 8-9:30 p.m. EST (EWTN) “A Time to Remember.” Holiday-themed presentation that tells the story of a young boy who develops his gift of song with the help of a beloved priest – a journey that requires faith, perseverance and a Christmas miracle.
From December 14, 2012 issue of Catholic San Francisco.