TV highlights: ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ gets a three- network boost


BONNIE & CLYDE: Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch in the roles of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. (Joseph Viles/A&E Networks)

If you thought the Lifetime Network had run out of sentimental Christmas concept movies, you were very, very wrong. “Christmas in the City” (8 p.m.) is about a woman named Wendy and her 6-year-old daughter going to the big city to make some extra holiday cash to save the candy store owned by Wendy’s father. After the two face the evil Teanna, manager of a big department store, and her lack of holiday cheer, Wendy takes it upon herself to bring the spirit of Christmas back to the city store and restore her daughter’s faith in Santa Claus.

Actor Paul Rudd hosts this week’s “SNL” (NBC at 11:30), with musical guest One Direction. (Cue the blood-curdling screams.)

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 7:30 a.m.) interviews David Banks of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; “This Week in Defense News” (WUSA at 8) has CSIS’s Bonnie S. Glaser; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features the National Institute of Health’s Ellen Leschek; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for Chris Wallace’s 10th anniversary show; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has BHMM Energy Services’s Vickey Bailey and the U.S. Energy Association’s Barry Worthington.

“State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.); “Government Matters” (WJLA at 9:30) hosts Rep. Gerry E. Connolly (D-Va.); “This Week” (ABC at 10) features Sens. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio); “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Rep. Adam B. Smith (D-Wash.); “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) has Nicaraguan Ambassador Francisco Campbell; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) hosts journalist Tom Brokaw and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson; and “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to poet Maya Angelou and former secretary of state James Baker III.

Sunday night, Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger take on the roles of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the Depression-era outlaws whose criminal exploits have assured them fame for eight decades, on “Bonnie & Clyde” (Lifetime, A&E and History at 9 p.m.). All three networks simulcast the four-hour, two-night miniseries. Part two airs Monday.

SERIES PREMIERE: New reality series “Dude, You’re Screwed” (Discovery at 10) follows five thrill-seeking survivalists as they take turns being kidnapped to see if they can survive in remote locations with no supplies, aid or assistance. Dude, that’s gonna be hard to watch.

— Rachel Lubitz

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