Highlights of TV Listings

Patrick Swayze stars in
Patrick Swayze stars in "Christmas in Wonderland" on ABC Family. (By Dan Power -- Insight Film Studios)
Saturday, December 20, 2008


If Patrick Swayze as a poor but well-meaning dad in "Christmas in Wonderland" (ABC Family at 8) doesn't inspire you to tune in, just know that Carmen Electra appears as a hard-core crime boss.

Friday's repressed childhood memories come back to haunt him on "Crusoe" (Channel 5 at 8) when he tries to protect the treehouse with a complicated contraption.

Sap-tastic "Our First Christmas" (Hallmark at 9) stars Dixie Carter and John Ratzenberger as parents trying to put together a memorable holiday for their newly blended family.

"WWE Tribute to the Troops" (Channel 4 at 9) has Vince McMahon and other wrestling stars traveling overseas to entertain with a live performance.

JoAnna Garcia, the perky tutor in CW's "Privileged," stars in the Lifetime movie "A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride" (at 9), as a woman who tries to break up her mother's super-fast engagement.

Sunday morning roundup: "Fox News Sunday" (Channel 5 at 9) interviews Vice President Dick Cheney. "Newsmakers" (C-SPAN at 10) has Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairman Nancy Nord; "This Week" (Channel 7 at 10) has Vice President-elect Joseph Biden; "Weekend News With Chris Core" (Channel 50 at 9:30) hosts the Washington Times' Jeff Birnbaum and Jon Ward, and former Indiana representative John Hostettler; "The Chris Matthews Show" (Channel 4 at 10) features Time magazine's Joe Klein, the New York Times' Helene Cooper, New York magazine's John Heilemann and BBC's Katty Kay.

"Face the Nation" (Channel 9 at 10:30) interviews Kerry Kennedy, Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-N.Y.), former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and NY1 political anchor Dominic Carter; "Meet the Press" (Channel 4 at 10:30) has CNBC's Erin Burnett, the Chicago Sun-Times' Carol Marin, NBC's Andrea Mitchell and NPR's Michele Norris; "Late Edition" (CNN at 11) talks to Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Clinton economic adviser Laura Tyson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; "The McLaughlin Group" (Channel 9 at 11:30) features MSNBC's Pat Buchanan, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, the Financial Times' Demetri Sevastopulo and syndicated radio commentator Monica Crowley.

"Million Dollar Password" (Channel 9 at 8), with Regis Philbin, features other CBS show hosts -- Julie Chen! Phil Keoghan! -- competing for the prize.

Poor Michael better run on the season finale of "Brotherhood" (Showtime at 8): The mob is after him, and the local police and feds join the race.

A Frank Sinatra-themed "Cold Case" (Channel 9 at 9) plays several of the crooner's most famous songs as the team investigates the murder of a 1960s stewardess.

The documentary series "The Shift" (Investigation Discovery at 10) follows members of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department as they investigate homicides.

-- Emily Yahr

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