On TV this weekend
Jingle & Bell's Christmas Star, 7 p.m., Hallmark The network's first animated holiday special has Keith Urban telling the story of a dog who learns what Christmas is all about: Marketing to everyone as fast as possible once Thanksgiving is over.
Frosty the Snowman, 8 p.m., CBS Sad to say, Frosty couldn't even head to the North Pole anymore, because he'll melt no matter where he goes.
Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas, 9 p.m., CBS A kitty and bunny from a greeting-card line get a special of their own. Shouldn't this be the one on the Hallmark Channel?
The Happy Elf, 9 p.m., CW Harry Connick Jr. wrote two songs and narrates a special about an elf who goes to the unhappiest town on Earth. No, not Detroit. Not Philadelphia, either. Baltimore? Close.
It's a SpongeBob Christmas!, 9:30 p.m., CBS Plankton spikes fruitcakes to turn everyone bad. Funny, there's a guy here in the office who does the same thing.
Naughty or Nice, 8 p.m., Hallmark A woman named Krissy Kringle hates Christmas. She should just hate her parents for naming her that.
SERIES PREMIERE Marvin Marvin, 8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon Lucas Cruikshank, the annoying doofus who made that YouTube character Fred, is a teenaged alien living with humans. Every teenager feels that way, anyway.
Unlikely Animal Friends, 10 p.m., NatGeo It's like all those Internet photos of cats who love birds and whatever. Or just hold your iPad in front of your face for an hour looking at LOLcats.
Downton Abbey Revisited, 8 p.m., PBS In case you wanted to know how they get in those outfits, here's a behind-the-scenes special while you wait for more episodes.
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 8 p.m., ABC Family Malcolm McDowell leaves his acting scruples at the door to lead this fifth movie into another booby-trapped house. You know, they may actually be able to get Macaulay Culkin for this one.
Liz & Dick, 9 p.m., Lifetime Oh, wow, Lindsay Lohan really did make an Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton biopic? We thought that was just a meme.
Soul Train Awards '12, 9 p.m., BET Cedric the Entertainer hosts an awards show featuring a Stevie Wonder performance. 'Nuff said.
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