Love at the Christmas Table
Lifetime, 7 ET/PT
Anyone who isn't ready for Christmas had better either get ready fast or leave the TV off for the next few weeks, because as far as TV's concerned, the holiday season is off and running. There are two movies tonight alone, starting with this romance starring Danica McKellar and Scott Patterson as old friends who are about to realize they're meant to be something more. And just in time for ... well, you know.
Downton Abbey Revisited
PBS, Sunday, 8 ET/PT, times may vary
Here's a great way to wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday weekend — with a salute to one of those shows that made us thankful to own a TV and to have PBS. For 90 minutes, you get to revisit one of television's best series, and anticipate the possible joys to come when it returns in January.
Hitched for the Holidays
Hallmark, 8 ET/PT
Do people really pretend to be married to make their families happy or advance their careers? They may not in real life, but they certainly do in the movies. This time, the fake couple is made up of Joey (Joey Lawrence) as a commitment-phobic Italian with a pushy grandmother (Paula Shaw), and Julie (Emily Hampshire), a New Yorker with a pushy Jewish mother (Marilu Henner). They pose as a couple to get their families off their backs — and end up as a couple, if only because in the movies, such couples always do.
HBO, 10 ET/PT
This complicated portrait of a great American city reaches its third-season finale. Not many people are watching these day: While it may be an exquisitely told story, it's not always a particularly interesting one. But if you're paying for HBO and are searching for a series that makes that outlay worthwhile, this is your current best bet.