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On TV this weekend, Dec. 23-25

On TV this weekend

FRIDAY

Wait, Wait … Don't Tell Me!, 8 p.m., BBC America In case you missed the taping of the NPR show in Tampa a couple weeks back, here's a taped version featuring author Neil Gaiman, who is better than that comedian we got.

Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special, 8 p.m., Comedy The bright spot of having a ventriloquist do a Christmas show is the knowledge that his guests will never cancel on him.

Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation, 8:30 p.m., ABC The boys battle Dr. Doofenshmirtz, who covers Danville in a cloud of naughtiness. It's not as dirty as it sounds.

Holiday Heart, 10 p.m., BET Ving Rhames is a drag queen who saves Alfre Woodard and her daughter from an abusive boyfriend, only to have her turn to another abusive boyfriend, forcing him to all but adopt the kid. You had us at "Ving Rhames is a drag queen." It may be a tad on the dramatic side, however.

SATURDAY

Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials, 8 p.m., BBC America Imagine Santa had a time-traveling telephone booth instead of a sleigh and you're there!

The Sound of Music, 7 p.m., ABC Because nothing says Christmas more than escaping from the Nazis.

It's a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m., NBC Tbt*'s original editor watches this every year. But she still started a great paper, didn't she?

SUNDAY

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:30 p.m., ABC It's not the cartoon being shown for the third time this month, but as far as live-action cartoon adaptations go, it's not bad.

Sunday Night Football, 8:15 p.m., NBC Because somebody had to play football on Christmas.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this weekend, Dec. 23-25 12/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2011 6:30pm]

    

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