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By Kevin McDonough Hardly "Sharknado," the silly shocker "Christmas Icetastrophe" (9 p.m. Saturday, Syfy, TV-14) has all of the elements that made this network's popcorn movie franchise so addictive: a silly title, so-so acting, special effects … more
By Kevin McDonough "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" (8 p.m., CW, TV-G) may not be the most popular or beloved holiday cartoon. But it is the oldest. It was the first Christmas cartoon produced just for television. Created in 1962, it predates … more
By Kevin McDonough Can a fake pundit retire for "real"? "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) ends tonight, and with it, Stephen Colbert's 10-season-long work of performance art as an over-the-top talk show host. Modeled on Bill … more
By Kevin McDonough If music be the food of love, NBC's got a pretty stocked larder. "Peter Pan Live," "How Murray Saved Christmas" and "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" have all offered viewers something to hum around the holidays. Actually, … more
By Kevin McDonough Retro reverberations abound in "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). This holiday special comes marinated in expectations. It is, after all, the animated adaptation of the 2010 Broadway hit "Elf: The Musical," … more
By Kevin McDonough I'm no expert on science fiction, but I know what I like when I see it. I like "Ascension" (9 p.m., Syfy, TV-14) a lot. It combines speculative science fiction, alternate … more
By Kevin McDonough The documentary-intensive ID Network, formerly known as Investigation Discovery and Discovery Times, will air "The Joe Show" (5 p.m. Sunday, TV-14), a two-hour profile of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This publicity-seeking … more
By Kevin McDonough The more television changes, the more it remains the same - and the more it returns to its roots. Just last week, NBC aired its second annual musical, "Peter Pan Live!" This hearkened back to television's early days of live … more
By Kevin McDonough Some documentaries cry out for dramatic adaptation. Featuring a story fit for Frank Capra or Steven Spielberg, the 2014 documentary "Dinosaur 13" (9 p.m., CNN) offers a tale of old-fashioned American pluck and a … more
By Kevin McDonough How do you pinch pennies when everybody's throwing money around? The holidays are so often associated with spending, it's nice to know that there's an "Extreme Cheapskates: Merry Cheapskate Christmas" (9 p.m., TLC, TV-PG) out … more
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