Guide to Primetime Television
This week's TV
schedule with links to PTC ratings and reviews of the
to help guide your child's media use.
parenting and the media by columnist Rod Gustafson.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
A Christmas Wedding Tail, 8:00 p.m.
(Eastern) Hallmark Movie Channel
A widow and a single dad are brought
together by their canine pals. The pair plans a Christmas wedding.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, 8:00 p.m.
(Eastern) ABC Family Channel Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney lent
their voices to this classic animated holiday special that tells the
legend of Santa Claus.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8:00 p.m.
(Eastern) CBS Burl Ives narrates this animated story about Santa
and his famous reindeer.
Christmas Town, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC
Liza McCann visits her father for the holidays and strange
things occur in her town that challenge her beliefs.
Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, 9:30 p.m.
(Eastern) Food Network Guy eats his way through restaurants in
the country that cook and serve specialty foods.
Leave it To Beaver, 10:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Antenna The Cleaver family lives their lives, while their two
sons, Wally and Theodore "The Beaver", grow up and learn life
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Beauty and the Beast, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Disney Channel Disney’s 1991
Oscar winning animated musical depicts the classic fairy tell of an
intelligent, plucky beauty, Belle, who lives in a castle with a
Beast and only her love can break his spell.
The Band Wagon, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM
Syd Charisse and Fred Astaire star in this singing and dancing
musical extravaganza from 1963 about two writers who bring a movie
dancer and ballerina together for a show on Broadway.
Elf, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CBS In this
PG holiday movie Will Farrell plays a man who was raised as an elf
with Santa on the North Pole but comes to New York in search of his
Toy Story 2, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC
Family Channel Buzz Lightyear and the rest of Andy’s toys band
together to save Woody from becoming part of a museum display.
Free Willy 3: The Rescue, 9:00 p.m.
(Eastern) The Hub Scientists on a floating marine lab confront
whale poachers. One of the scientists on board has his young son
along for the mission and he learns quite a lesson.
Christmas, Who Needs It?, 9:00 p.m.
(Eastern) GMC A cynical businessman finds himself stranded in a
small southern town for Christmas where he learns the true meaning
of the holiday.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A Christmas Carol, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC George
C.Scott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1984 version of Charles
Dickens’ classic novel.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS The iconic choir performs in Salt
Lake City with special guest Jane Seymour.
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of
Superman, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) The Hub A gangster switches bodies
Sugar Dome, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food
Network Contestants are asked to create candy confection artwork
that imagines what happens when a toy store comes to life after
Finding John Christmas, 9:00 p.m.
(Eastern) GMC A nurse searches for her long-lost brother in this
new holiday film. This film is a sequel to A Town Without
Toy Story 3, 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC
Family Channel Andy’s toys are donated to a preschool when he
prepares to leave for college in this third installment of the
popular Pixar series about a young boy’s beloved toys.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Touched by an Angel, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
GMC On Christmas Eve, Monica
comforts a developmentally disabled boy who blames himself for his
brother's disappearance in a blizzard.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,
8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Channel The Grinch tries to ruin
Christmas in this live action film starring Jim Carrey based on
beloved children’s book.
Cancel Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Hallmark Movie Channel Santa Claus is given 30 days to reform
three selfish kids or the holiday will be canceled by the Christmas
Board of Directors.
Reba, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) CMT Reba is
forced to babysit Brock’s newborn baby when he spends the night with
Jake in the tree house.
Cake Boss, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC
Buddy makes a cake to help the Rockettes celebrate an anniversary
A Town without Christmas, 10:00 p.m.
(Eastern) Hallmark Channel A TV reporter and a writer help
search for a missing boy. This film contains some adult situations.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Once Upon a Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Hallmark Movie Channel
Disillusioned, Santa decides to quit his job. His daughter, Kristin,
tries to prove that caring people still exist in order to encourage
her dad to continue his work.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8:00 p.m.
(Eastern) ABC Linus helps Charlie evaluate the true meaning of
Full House, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Nickelodeon Danny Tanner raises his three daughters with the
help of his brother-in-law and old friend after his wife dies.
The Suite Life on Deck, 8:30 p.m.
(Eastern) DisneyXD Twins Zack and Cody and their friends live on
a cruise ship and attend school.
The Polar Express, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern)
ABC In this theatrical animated movie featuring the talents of
Tom Hanks, a boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus is whisked
to the North Pole on a magical train.
Meet Me in St. Louis, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Turner Classic Movies A St. Louis family enjoys the 1904 World’s
Fair in this 1944 Judy Garland starrer.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC
When Frankie is laid off at the
dealership, she decides to go to technical school while Axl begins
his senior year of high school.
A Home for the Holidays, 8:00 p.m.
(Eastern) CBS In this annual celebration of adoption hosted by
Rascal Flatts, music and stories tell about how adopting children
can give them a home for the holidays.
White Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC
Family Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney star as
entertainers in this classic holiday movie featuring the music of
Twice Upon a Christmas, 8:00 p.m.
(Eastern) Hallmark Movie Channel A widower proposes marriage to
Santa’s daughter in this holiday film from 2001.
Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!, 8:30
p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel The Duncans head to visit Amy’s
parents for Christmas but the clan gets separated at the airport and
some members of the family miss their flight.
The Heart of Christmas, 9:00 p.m.
(Eastern) GMC This holiday movie is based on the life of Dax
Locke, a little boy with a rare leukemia. His entire community bands
together to give him one last Christmas that is unforgettable.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown,
8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Linus
and Lucy’s little brother, Rerun, tries to avoid holiday chaos by
spending time with Snoopy and his brother, Spike.
Alf, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) The Hub Alf
is sad when there is no snow in Los Angeles at Christmastime.
The Christmas Gift, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)
GMC John Denver stars in this classic made-for-TV holiday movie
about a man who helps a town in the Colorado Rockies stand against
Everybody Loves Raymond, 9:00 p.m.
(Eastern) TV Land Marie ruins Robert’s lucky suit while ironing
it just before a big job interview.
Silver Bells, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Hallmark Movie Channel A widower in New York City with two
children finds love over the holidays.
Phineas and Ferb, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Disney In this animated comedy ,two stepbrothers build
outlandish inventions in their backyard while their pet platypus,
Perry, goes on spy missions.
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