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Saturday's TV highlights

December 24, 2011

SERIES

Lidia Celebrates America: The premiere of this new series visits four homes where holiday tables and traditions include an Italian Christmas Eve, Mexican-American Christmas, Chinese New Year and Jewish-American Passover (4 p.m. KOCE).

Doctor Who: The new episode "Best of the Christmas Specials" features passionate Whovians from the worlds of entertainment, comedy, science fiction and the digital world to share their favorite moments from the popular Christmas episodes from past seasons (5 and 9:30 p.m. BBC America). This year's Christmas episode airs at 6, 8:20 and 10:40 p.m. Sunday.

SPECIALS

A Piers Morgan Christmas: Beyoncé, Lenny Kravitz, Donny and Marie Osmond, Tony Bennett, Mitch Winehouse, Il Divo and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. join the British journalist on his new special (6 and 9 p.m. CNN).

The Nerdist: Year in Review: Chris Hardwick counts down the year's top nerd moments in this new special (10:30 p.m. BBC America).

Christmas Eve Mass: From St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City (11:29 p.m. NBC).

Christmas in Chelsea Square: Scripture readings, choral works and musical performances from the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in New York City (11:35 p.m. CBS).

Christmas Mass: Come All Ye Faithful: Midnight Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, in Buffalo, N.Y. (2:30 a.m. Sunday, ABC).

MOVIES

A Christmas Story: Peter Billingsley stars in this 1983 comedy, airing nonstop for the next 24 hours on the cable channel. Darren McGavin also stars; narrated by Jean Shepherd (8 and 10 p.m. TBS).

SPORTS

Pro football: The New York Giants visit the New York Jets

(10 a.m. Fox); the San Diego Chargers visit the Detroit Lions

(1 p.m. CBS); the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Dallas Cowboys (1 p.m. Fox).

College football: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs. Southern Mississippi (5 p.m. ESPN).

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