They say Saturday nights are where shows go to die. It’s also the night where the stars from deceased shows are most likely to haunt the TV schedule. Names from shows past are well represented in tonight’s TV movies, the kind of films where casting is half the game. Or perhaps the only reason to watch.
Just when you think the atmosphere in Washington, D.C., could not get any nastier, along comes “Storm War” (8 p.m. Syfy). Brothers discover that their mad scientist father (Stacy Keach, “Mike Hammer”) has developed a weather weapon that he unleashes on his enemies. And in our nation’s capital, he has no shortage of folks on his bad side. Jason London (“Dazed and Confused”) co-stars in this 2011 shocker.
• More familiar faces show up in the feel-good holiday fantasy “Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas” (7 p.m. Hallmark). Look for Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”), Faith Ford (“Murphy Brown”) and Gil Bellows (“Ally McBeal”) in this 2011 romantic comedy about a house-sharing misunderstanding involving a professor (Cavanagh) and a widow (Ford).
• Homes on a cul-de-sac enjoy a makeover, including a Christmas-Hanukkah fusion treatment and decorations with a South American accent, on “Holiday Block Party 2011” (7 p.m., HGTV).
Today’s other highlights
• NBC repeats “The 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” (7 p.m.).
• Stanford and Notre Dame meet in college football action (7 p.m., ABC).
• The voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman and Chris Rock animate the 2007 comedy “Bee Movie” (8 p.m., NBC).
• A wayward prehistoric reptile escapes to Victorian England on “Primeval” (8 p.m., BBC America).
• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS): butlers, mansions and murder.
• “The Graham Norton Show” (9 p.m., BBC America) shows off the best clips of its ninth season.
• Melissa McCarthy hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Lady Antebellum.
An elderly British officer looks back at his service, from the Boer War to World War II, in the 1943 wartime satire “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” (9 p.m., TCM), directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
On two episodes of “Rules of Engagement” (CBS): sports (7 p.m.) and half-baked (7:30 p.m.) ... On back-to-back episodes of “Cops” (Fox): shots (7 p.m.) and solicitations (7:30 p.m.).
A sketchy witness on “Unforgettable” (8 p.m., CBS) ... A defection seems like an infiltration on “Terra Nova” (8 p.m., Fox).