Ordinarily one would not be encouraged to flee with two young children. But CBS's "A Season for Miracles," airing Sunday at 9, stars Carla Gugino as an aunt who does just that, taking the children of her jailed sister away to keep them from being placed in foster care. Happily, with the help of a small-town waitress who finds them a place to stay, the kids get the Christmas they've always dreamed of.
The Hallmark Hall of Fame story stars Laura Dern as the sister, jailed in a hospital ward on a drug charge; Patty Duke as the waitress; Kathy Baker as the social worker; David Conrad as a police officer; Faith Prince as the police dispatcher; and Lynn Redgrave as a judge.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Sunday at 7 on ABC
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen certainly are growing up. They're executive producers now as well as the stars of this "Wonderful World of Disney" movie, playing twins who trade places on the soccer field.
Eric Lutes and Kathryn Greenwood play their parents, and Alexi Lalas, a World Cup and Olympic soccer player who plays for the MLS Kansas City Wizards, portrays himself.
Monday at 9 on WETA
Can't afford a ticket to the Washington Opera? Here's your chance to see its production of Puccini's "La Rondine" starring Basque soprano Ainhoa Arteta as Magda, the courtesan who masquerades as a working-class girl to pursue her dream of true love, and tenor Marcus Haddock as her young lover, Ruggero. Marta Domingo directs the production, which features elaborate sets and costumes and a new ending. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Tuesday at 8 on PBS
The International Space Station, the most ambitious and expensive space project ever, will be visible to more than 90 percent of the world's population by early in the next century. This two-part documentary, airing Tuesday on MPT and Tuesday, Dec. 21, on WETA, follows engineers, scientists, managers and astronauts from 16 countries as they navigate the challenges of creating the ISS. Especially worrisome is the fact that hundreds of components that will make up the space station were developed separately around the world and cannot be tested together before they are assembled in space.
OLIVE, THE OTHER REINDEER
Friday at 8 on Fox
In this animated show based on the children's book by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, Drew Barrymore provides the voice of Olive, a dog, who hears on the radio that Blitzen has been injured and that Santa must rely on "all of the other reindeer" to pull his sleigh. Olive misinterprets this as "Olive, the other reindeer," and with the help of her pet flea Fido, sets out for the North Pole to help save her favorite holiday.
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL'S GRAND REOPENING GALA
Saturday at 10 on NBC
Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart, Lou Bega, Sting, Mary J. Blige, 98 Degrees and Christian Slater take the stage for a one-hour musical and comedy tribute to Radio City Music Hall, an art deco performing arts venue that was recently refurbished to the tune of $70 million.
The Radio City Rockettes, the center's 36-member precision dance corps, present two new dance numbers on the show, which also includes Tom Brokaw, Barry Bostwick, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Jones, Ann Miller and VH1 veejay Cynthia Garrett.
The special was taped Oct. 4 during the Music Hall's re-opening gala.
Radio City Music Hall opened in 1932 in Rockefeller Center and presented first-run movies and stage shows featuring the Rockettes through the early 1970s.