Archive for Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tune In Tonight: Awards show not entirely charitable

December 8, 2012

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’Tis not the season for snark. So look for Joel McHale (“The Soup,” ‘‘Community”) to shift gears a bit to host the American Giving Awards (7 p.m. Saturday, NBC). This may sound like the Golden Globes of philanthropy, but it’s the recognition of 25 deserving charities and community heroes who will vie for $2 million in grants. It would be cynical, you might even say snarky, to see this as an extended commercial for the bank bestowing the grants. But it would be true.

• Where do you get married when you are a fixture of cable and syndicated television? On television, of course. The two-hour “Mario and Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta” (7 p.m. Saturday, TLC) follows Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza as they prepare for the big day by obsessing over a dress and scouring for a venue.

• The holidays’ proximity to the overheated obsession with the forthcoming apocalypse that’s “predicted” by the Mayan calendar spawns the over-the-top 2012 movie spoof “12 Disasters of Christmas” (8 p.m. Saturday, Syfy).

The schedule of mayhem is said to follow the prophecies of the ancients as well as the words of the fabled Christmas carol that gives the movie its name. Look out for those two turtledoves!

Saturday’s other highlights

• The voice of Jimmy Durante narrates the 1969 special “Frosty the Snowman” (7 p.m., CBS). The 1995 special “Frosty Returns” (7:30 p.m., CBS) follows, featuring the voices of John Goodman and Jonathan Winters.

• A tiny family lives beneath a house in the 2011 fantasy “The Borrowers” (7 p.m., ABC), starring Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood and Christopher Eccleston.

• Andrew McCarthy (“White Collar”) and Chris Gillett (“Suits”) star in the 2012 romantic comedy “Come Dance With Me” (7 p.m., Hallmark).

• Reindeer really learn how to fly in the 2008 special “The Flight Before Christmas” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Scheduled on “48 Hours” (9 p.m., CBS): A mother confronts her daughter’s murderer.

• Missing instruments highlight a lost weekend on “Wedding Band” (9 p.m., TBS).

• Hard times dominate “Gary Gulman: In This Economy” (9 p.m., Comedy Central).

• Jamie Foxx hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Ne-Yo.

Copyright 2012 United Feature Syndicate, distributed by Universal Uclick.

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