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December 14, 2013

What to Watch on Saturday: Christmas movies (and Rudolph!) rule the night

Saturday night, you can watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and much, much more.

It's a Wonderful Life (8pm, NBC) - You can't do much better than Frank Capra's classic, starring James Stewart as a small-town banker who learns what life would have been like if he'd never been born. Donna Reed costars as his wife and Henry Travers is Clarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8pm, CBS) - Yes, this was on a couple weeks ago, but that was pre-Thanksgiving and it doesn't count. Watch it again. Burl Ives narrates this animated musical, first telecasted in 1964. The Johnny Marks score includes the title tune, "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "We're a Couple of Misfits."

Christmas on the Bayou (8pm, Lifetime) - An overworked executive returns to her home on the bayou for Christmas where she meets a former flame who tries to rekindle their childhood romance.

30 for 30: Youngstown Boys (9pm, ESPN) - A documentary chronicling Youngstown (Pa.) natives Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett, who both made inglorious exits from Ohio State football following on-field success. Jim Brown and ex-Buckeyes QB Craig Krenzel are featured. Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

Hats Off to Christmas! (8pm, Hallmark) - A woman loses a promotion to her boss's son, whom she fall for as she trains him for the position. A romance soon develops, but the woman considers ending things when she has doubts about her charming new beau's reliability and his influence on her son.

Frosty the Snowman (9pm, CBS) - This was just on too, but who cares. It's Christmas! Jimmy Durante narrates the story of a snowman who must get back home before he melts away.

Frosty Returns (9:30pm, CBS) - This one -- a 1995 sequel to the 1969 classic cartoon -- I can't really get behind, despite the fact that it's narrated by Jonathan Winters. Frosty (voice of John Goodman) is threatened by a coldhearted inventor with a snow-removal spray. Elisabeth Moss (Peggy on "Mad Men") voices Holly.

A Snow Globe Christmas (10pm, Lifetime) - A cynical television executive gets knocked out when she is hit by a snow globe and wakes up in a perfect snow-covered town where she is married to a handsome man and is the mother of two kids. But she desperately wants to return to her old life.

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