Happy Festivus to those who celebrate the sacred "Seinfeld" holiday. I plan on airing my grievances and testing my feat of strength around the Festivus pole later tonight.
Anyway, the "Doctor Who" Christmas special has become an annual event in England, and this year is no different with a piece called "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe," in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) helps a widow and her two young children after they are evacuated to an estate in the country during WWII.
As he did last year with a Christmas story based on Dickens, this time writer Steven Moffat borrows from CS Lewis.
To get people in the mood, BBC America is running a marathon of the "Doctor Who" Christmas specials beginning Saturday morning and continuing all the way through the premiere of the new one at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
On Saturday, Chris Hardwick hosts "The Nerdist: Year in Review" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) about all great things sci-fi from this year. If you watched "Talking Dead" after "The Walking Dead" on AMC this year, you know how funny Hardwick can be. It's followed by a special "Graham Norton" at 10 p.m., featuring Matt Smith.
The Christmas special is preceded Sunday by the entire "Doctor Who" sixth season.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: I've definitely made sure to set the DVR tonight for "Chuck," (NBC, 8 p.m.) since it is new and will likely never be repeated anywhere in case I miss it. It's followed by a rerun of the "Grimm" pilot.
On Sunday, there's a new "Leverage" (TNT, 9 p.m.), while everything else is a rerun or holiday special.
COMING NEXT WEEK: The best and worst of 2011.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!