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Away We Go

In Brief

  • Uncle Saddam (November 26; 7 to 8:10 p.m.; Cinemax) is a peculiar hybrid of Joël Soler, the French filmmaker who shot remarkable footage inside Iraq in 1999; Scott Thompson, who has written the sort of script we'd expect from a Kid in the Hall; and Wallace Langham, who narrates as if he were still on The Larry Sanders Show. You'd think our new war has already been rehearsed as a skit on Saturday Night Live. And I don't mean this in a good way.

  • Paul McCartney's "Back in the U.S." (November 27; 9 to 11 p.m.; ABC) follows the former Beatle to 34 American cities for fourteen weeks earlier this year. While interesting enough to look at and listen to, this program in no way helps us to understand his new wife, Heather, nor assuage our regret in the least that John left Paul for Yoko.

  • It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (November 29; 8 to 10 p.m.; NBC) lets Kermit, Miss Piggy, David Arquette, Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Kelly Ripa, Carson Daly, and the cast of Scrubs make fun, simultaneously, of Moulin Rouge and It's a Wonderful Life.

  • The Brady Bunch in the White House (November 29; 8 to 10 p.m.; Fox), never mind how, lands Gary Cole as Mike, Shelley Long as Carol, and the whole rest of the Bunch in the White House as the president and the First Family. Who exactly are we laughing at? If not ourselves, we will get dumber every minute of this movie.

  • Christmas Rush (December 1; 8 to 10 p.m.; TBS) has Dean Cain as a tough cop on unwilling holiday, Erika Eleniak as his blonde wife in the wrong place at the wrong time, and Eric Roberts as a master thief with medical bills, combining here for a sort of Die Hard Goes to a Suburban Mini-Mall. Much more in the Christmas spirit than the Muppets or the Brady Bunch.

  • The Christmas Shoes (December 1; 9 to 11 p.m.; CBS) asks music teacher Kimberly Williams not to die until workaholic lawyer Rob Lowe discovers the true meaning of the holiday season, with the help of his mother and Dorian Harewood. For this sort of role, he leaves The West Wing?

Monday through Friday, December 2 through 6 and 9 through 13; 9 to 11 p.m.; Sci Fi Channel.
Wire in the Blood
Mondays, December 2, 9, and 16; 9 to 11 p.m.; BBC America.
Young Dr. Freud
Wednesday, November 27; 9 to 11 p.m.; Channel 13.