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What to Watch on Saturday: Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic a must-see for fans

Alexandra Shipp stars as Aaliyah in the Lifetime “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.”
Alexandra Shipp stars as Aaliyah in the Lifetime “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.” LIFETIME

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (8 p.m., Lifetime) - The unauthorized biopic based on the life and tragic death of Detroit-raised singer Aaliyah may not win any awards (early reviews have not been glowing) but it’s still a must-see for fans. The movie tracks the young star’s hard work and determination to succeed, from her appearance on “Star Search” at age 10 to her death at at 22 in a plane crash – but apparently glosses over her controversial marriage (at the age of 15) to singer R. Kelly. And despite that brief lapse in judgement (the marriage was annulled), producer Debra Martin Chase describes the film as inspirational. Alexandra Shipp plays Aaliyah, Cle Bennett plays R. Kelly and Anthony Grant plays Damon Dash.

Northpole (8 p.m., Hallmark) - Santa’s hometown faces a crisis when folks around the world forget the importance of togetherness, so an optimistic young elf sets out to fix things and the son of a skeptical journalist agrees to help her.

My Cat From Hell (8 p.m., Animal Planet) - Jackson helps a cat that eats everything, including shoes, towels and bedspreads. Wait, are we sure that’s not just a tiny dog?

The Haunting of … Billy Ray Cyrus (8 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network) - Billy Ray Cyrus was haunted by a ghost, and America is still haunted by that mullet.

Atlantis (9 p.m., BBC America) - Season 2 begins with Queen Ariadne turning to Jason to help battle Pasiphae and prevent her kingdom from collapsing.

Hell on Wheels (9 p.m., AMC) - Cullen grapples with Ruth’s unexpected decision, and Louise jeopardizes her reputation to fight for a story she believes in.

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) - Woody Harrelson hosts, with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

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