Critic’s Corner: Sunday, December 9

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The Mistle-Tones

8 p.m., ABC Family

The holiday movie parade is in full effect, and for those who enjoy the so-bad-it’s-good genre, this one’s a beaut. Reading over the cast list and synopsis, several elements could make a festive film fan giddy: It’s a musical starring Tia Mowry (above) and Tori Spelling as archenemies in rival Christmas caroling groups; Reginald VelJohnson of “Die Hard” and “Family Matters” fame makes a pivotal cameo; there is an all-male singing group in the film called “the Chest-Notes”; it’s a musical . . . with Tori Spelling. If it was any campier we’d all need tents to watch it.

Help for the Holidays


8 p.m., Hallmark

Whedon-ite alert: “Firefly”-“Serenity” star Summer Glau — also late of “Alphas,” “The Cape,” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” — turns down the sci-fi and turns up the seasonal sentimentality in this story of one of Santa’s elves getting sent to Los Angeles. Since she’s on her way to help a family grappling with the meaning of Christmas, we hope she doesn’t get stuck in traffic.

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The Simpsons 8 p.m., Ch. 25

“Portlandia” stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein arrive, hopefully, to pickle it.

The Amazing Race

8 p.m., Ch. 4


All over but the exhaustion.

All About Christmas Eve

9 p.m., Lifetime

Not to be confused with the Gold Dust Orphans production, sadly.

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