The Lifetime Network continues its parade of Christmas-themed original movies with “Dear Secret Santa” (Saturday at 8 p.m.), starring Tatyana Ali, Jordin Sparks and Bill Cobbs. The film centers around Jennifer, who moves back to the house she grew up in after she breaks up with her boyfriend. The house brings back memories of an old friend, Jack, who recently died, but after a few mysterious cards from a “secret admirer” are left in her mailbox, she begins to think Jack might be the one sending them.
“SNL” (NBC at 11:30) is a repeat this week with Josh Hutcherson as host and the band Haim as musical guest.
Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 7:30 a.m.) interviews Singapore LNG’s Neil McGregor; “This Week in Defense News” (WUSA at 8) has Atlantic Council’s Barry Pavel and Matthew Kroenig; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Thomas R. Frieden; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts the Center for American Progress’s Neera Tanden and Ethics & Public Policy Center’s James Capretta; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has risk consultant David Ropeik; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D), former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) ; “This Week” (ABC at 10) features former national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan and former Obama White House adviser David Plouffe.
“Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’s Ben Nelson; “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to author John Thavis; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) has Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.); “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).
Sunday night, the “Soul Train Awards 2013” (BET at 8 p.m.) is slated to have epic performances from the likes of Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Faith Evans and T.I. Actor Anthony Anderson plays host.
Actress Susan Sarandon hosts the special “Return to Downton Abbey” (PBS at 9) to refresh viewers on some of the best moments of the hugely popular series and introduce where the fourth season will pick up on Jan. 5. Expect behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the creators and stars in anticipation of the show’s return.
Just when everything started to calm down at the prison, the mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” (AMC at 9) turns everything on its head. Rick and his group face imminent danger and this time, they might not win.