Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

Let it SnowSaturday 8 p.m., Hallmark
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“Let it Snow”Saturday 8 p.m., Hallmark

Let it Snow Saturday 8 p.m., Hallmark

Open wide! Several channels are anxious to shovel indispensable moral lessons down your throat this weekend in the form of interchangeable made-for-TV holiday movies. I could take time to describe these to you, or, we can play holiday movie Mad Libs. Ready? Fill in the blanks. A cynical (blank) meets a do-gooding (blank). At first they are adversaries, but romantic sparks begin to fly while the two fight over (blank). They fall in love as the cynic slowly learns the real meaning of Christmas. If you plan to consume any of these movies, make a dentist appointment now, because they are sweeter than corn syrup. Pictured: Candace Cameron Bure as Stephanie.

The Walking Dead Sunday 9 p.m., AMC


Here comes the showdown we’ve been waiting for. The Governor (I refuse to call him Brian) is about to wage war on the prison and seek revenge on sword-swinging Michonne. It’s also the mid-season finale. After a slow couple of weeks watching the Governor (David Morrissey, pictured) transform himself from a sullen Kris Kristofferson doppelganger to his normal bad self, I’m ready for some action.

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Return to Downton Abbey Sunday 9 p.m., WGBH 2

Hot tea time machine.

The Story of Santa Claus Saturday 9 p.m., CBS

Still waiting to learn the capital venture firm that pays for all these toys.


Renovation Realities Saturday 9 p.m., DIY

Easily board.