'Eastbound and Down' Christmas, plus more weekend TV

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Danny McBride stars in a new

Danny McBride stars in a new "Eastbound & Down" episode with a Christmas theme, premiering Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. on HBO. Photo Credit: HBO

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Diane Werts Newsday columnist Diane Werts

Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT 7,843 TIMES A YEAR Yet fresh entries can be hard to find. Saturday night a movie promising serious holiday mush debuts, "A Country Christmas Story" (8, Lifetime), in which Dolly Parton and Brian McKnight offer multicultural country music while making dreams come true. (Awww.) Then there's the penultimate episode of "Eastbound & Down" (Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO), in which Danny McBride's obnoxious jock learns "a valuable Christmas lesson" we expect to be considerably less syrupy. Play ball at hbo.com/eastbound.

IT'S A RUDY RAY MOORE MOVIE! If you don't know what that means, just watch "Disco Godfather" (late tonight at 2 a.m., Turner Classic Movies). Starring the mad mind behind "Dolemite" movies and "adult" comedy records, this 1979 wonder mashes up Kung-Fu, drug trips, roller disco, Afro 'dos and neon polyester duds, as Moore cleans up his dust-infested 'hood the two-fisted way. C'mon and dance! Trailer taste at bit.ly/1hPWhhj.

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VETERANS DAY Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna host the four-hour celeb-studded telethon "Homeward Bound" (Sunday 7-9 p.m. on WPIX/11, and 7-11 p.m. on Military), benefiting veterans suffering from stress disorders and brain injuries. Then it's a movie Monday: AMC has three World War II sagas (starting at 9:45 a.m. with Bruce Willis and Terrence Howard in "Hart's War") and three Vietnam films (starting with 8 p.m.'s "Apocalypse Now Redux"). Titles, times at amctv.com.

AWARDS ALERT This year's "MTV EMA" (Sunday 7-9:30 p.m., MTV), or Europe/ global music awards, is touting Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, The Killers and Bruno Mars from Amsterdam, in addition to New York-based kickoff sounds from Fall Out Boy, The Wanted and Austin Mahone, among others. That same night, George Clooney is honored at this year's "BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards" (Sunday 9-11 p.m., BBC America), along with Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and others. Details at mtvema.com and bafta.org/losangeles.

JFKALEIDOSOPE Nov. 22 is the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and TV won't let us forget it. This week's deluge is led by Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin, playing Jack and Jackie in "Killing Kennedy" (Sunday at 8 p.m., NatGeo). New docu- treatments include the two-part "American Experience" portrait "JFK" (Monday- Tuesday 9-11 p.m., PBS/13), the assassin manhunt of  "Capturing Oswald" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Military), the "NOVA" report "Cold Case JFK" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., PBS/13; Thursday at 9 p.m., WLIW/21) and the "Secrets of the Dead" hour "One P.M. Central Standard Time" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., PBS/13), spotlighting CBS News legend Walter Cronkite covering JFK's death. There's also a sneak-peek episode of the Tom Hanks- produced 2014 docuseries, "The Sixties."

SAVED BY THE BAYSIDERS Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez and their Bayside High crew of "Saved by the Bell" (Monday 7 a.m.-noon, E!) return with a marathon, launching weekdays' 7-9 a.m. wake-up run. (The vintage Saturday morning fave also has a complete-series DVD box out this week from Lionsgate, with new bonus features.) More at eonline.com.

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THE BRITISH ARE COMING It's not just PBS and BBC America picking up UK TV. Now DirecTV's Audience Network imports the "Twilight Zone"-ish "Black Mirror" (Tuesday at 9 p.m.) and Gabriel Byrne's conspiracy thriller, "Secret State" (Tuesday at 10 p.m.). See directv.com/audience.


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