TV Highlights for Dec. 4-5, 2009

HEARTY LAUGHS: Robin Williams's Constitution Hall show is on HBO Sunday night.
HEARTY LAUGHS: Robin Williams's Constitution Hall show is on HBO Sunday night. (Patrick Harbron/hbo)
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Saturday, December 5, 2009


Former "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek switches gears as he plays a single dad in "Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle" (Hallmark at 9), who, in desperate need of help, hires a magical nanny, Mrs. Merckle (Doris Roberts), whom his 6-year-old twins dub "Mrs. Miracle."

When a New York publicist (Kristin Chenoweth) gets run out of town and dumped by her fiance, she heads for a small town in Montana to recover on "12 Men of Christmas" (Lifetime at 9), where she, naturally, finds a new, hotter love interest.

"Fox News Sunday" (Fox at 9 a.m.) hosts Gen. David Petraeus, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.), and George Stevens Jr., Kennedy Center Honors producer; "State of the Union" (CNN at 9) features retired Gen. Jim Jones, and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); "The Chris Matthews Show" (NBC at 10) hosts Time's Michael Duffy, CNN's Gloria Borger, New York Magazine's John Heilemann and BBC's Katty Kay; "This Week" (ABC at 10) features Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), ABC's George Will, Council on Foreign Relations' Richard Haass, the Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel and the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan.

"Newsmakers" (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.); "Meet the Press" (NBC at 10:30) has Clinton, Gates, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the New York Times' Thomas Friedman and The Post's Bob Woodward; "Face the Nation" (CBS at 10:30) talks to Gates and Clinton; "Washington Watch With Roland Martin" (TV One at 11) hosts U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and retired Maj. Gen. John Hawkins; "The McLaughlin Group" (WUSA at 11:30) features MSNBC's Pat Buchanan, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, U.S. News & World Report's Mort Zuckerman and the Washington Times' Monica Crowley; "This Is America With Dennis Wholey" (WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to Ambassador Hesham Youssef of the League of Arab States and former Egyptian ambassador Nabil Fahmy.

"Amazing Race" (CBS at 8) wraps up for the season as the teams race to Las Vegas to win the game.

Susan tries to help the increasingly destructive Katherine, and Gaby's still furious that Lynette sued her husband on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC at 9), but when a plane falls from the sky and lands on Wisteria Lane, some of these problems may no longer matter.

"Alice" (Syfy at 9), a four-hour, two-night miniseries based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," is previewed by Tom Shales.

Taped in Washington at Constitution Hall, HBO airs "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction" (at 9) on Sunday night, as the comedian riffs on everything from sex and politics to health care and his recent heart surgery.

-- Emily Yahr

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