Crooners, cavemen continue holiday fare

Friday, December 5, 2003

Christmas may be 20 days away, but the holiday-special season is in full swing. A&E presents the first-ever Christmas-themed "Live by Request" (7 p.m.) concert, featuring Barry Manilow.

Viewers can call in or e-mail singable suggestions, but don't go asking for "Mandy" or "Looks Like We Made It." The mellow crooner is singing only holiday songs, accompanied by a band, a full orchestra and '80s MTV siren Cyndi ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun") Lauper. In addition, Manilow has pretaped a Christmas duet with Bette Midler, which will be shown for the first time during tonight's "Live by Request."

Kristin Davis took time off from the chic vulgarity of "Sex in the City" to star in the weepy 2001 "Three Days" (7 p.m., Family), about a yuppie literary agent who ignores his adoring, Christmas-loving wife (Davis). But after she suddenly dies in an accident, he's given a "miraculous" second chance to show her how much he cares.

"Malcolm in the Middle" star Bryan Cranston stars in the 2001 holiday comedy "'Twas the Night" (7 p.m., Disney), about a teen and his wacky uncle who almost ruin the holiday when they steal Santa's sleigh.

Mark Ruffalo and Mary Stuart Masterson star in the 1997 drama "On the 2nd Day of Christmas" (8 p.m., Lifetime), about a chance encounter between a security guard and a pickpocket.

Three Depression-era tykes petition President Hoover to free their jailed but innocent father just in time for the holidays in the 1996 period drama "The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue" (7 p.m., Hallmark), starring Diana Scarwid and Robert Urich.

Last but not least, the patriarch of a modern Stone Age family plays the lead in an amateur theater production of the tale of Tiny Tim and Scrooge in the animated feature "A Flintstones Christmas Carol" (7 p.m., Cartoon Network).

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