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

We're obsessed with holiday highlights.

NEW YULE MOVIES Ashanti joins Ashley Williams in "Christmas in the City" (Saturday night at 8, Lifetime). Also debuting: Sean Astin in "Santa Switch" (Saturday night at 8, Hallmark), Omari Hardwick in "A Christmas Blessing" (Saturday night at 8, TV One), Drew Lachey in "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" (Sunday at 7 p.m., UP), Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison in "Holidaze" (Sunday at 8 p.m., ABC Family).

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ANIMATED FAVES Boris Karloff narrates Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Sunday at 3 p.m., TBS; Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Cartoon; Friday at 8 p.m., TBS). Also this week: "Kung Fu Panda" and "Merry Madagascar" (Monday 8-9 p.m., CW/11), "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (Monday at 8 p.m., ABC/7; Tuesday at 10 p.m., ABC Family), "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., ABC Family).

MERRYTHON! Seasonal celebrations stack up on TV Land (Sunday 8 p.m.-Monday 6 a.m.), led by "The Golden Girls" (8-9 p.m.) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (9-11:30 p.m.). Other yule encores: "Mike & Molly" (Saturday night 8-9 p.m., CBS/2), "Modern Family" (tonight at 9, USA), "Murphy Brown" (Monday at 5 p.m., Encore Classic), "Touched by an Angel" (Monday at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m., Friday 3-5 p.m., UP), "Glee" (Thursday at 9 p.m., Fox/5), "The Waltons" (Friday 9-11 a.m., UP), "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., UP), "7th Heaven" (Friday 5-7 p.m., UP), "The Simpsons" (Friday at 7 p.m., WWOR/9) and "What's Happening!!" (Friday at 9:30 p.m., Encore Black).

FRESH EPISODES Settle in for Wednesday night's four new holiday outings of "The Middle," "Back in the Game," "Modern Family" and "Super Fun Night" (Wednesday 8-10 p.m., ABC/7). More sitcoms: "Instant Mom" (Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Nick at Nite), "Trophy Wife" (Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., ABC/7), "Melissa & Joey" and "Baby Daddy" (Wednesday at 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC Family). There's a lost reindeer on "CSI" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., CBS/2). Carol's parents visit on "The Millers" (Thursday at 8:30 p.m., CBS/2). Christmas gets crazy on "Two and a Half Men" (Thursday at 9:30 p.m., CBS/2). Mike is supposed to work on "The Michael J. Fox Show" (Thursday at 9:30 p.m., NBC/4). Gift-giving goes over the top on "The Neighbors" (Friday at 8:30 p.m., ABC/7). Burt cancels the Christmas festival on "Raising Hope" (Friday at 9 p.m., Fox/5). An evil Santa creature threatens "Grimm" (Friday at 10 p.m., NBC/4).

UNSCRIPTED A double dose of "Duck Dynasty" (Wednesday 9-11 p.m., A&E) has a repeat of "I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas" leading into the live nativity of "O Little Town of West Monroe." Also new: "Moonshiners Christmas Special" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Discovery), "Dance Moms Holiday Special: 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., Lifetime), "Amish Mafia: A Very Amish Christmas" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Discovery).