Saturday’s TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: ‘The Hobbit’

Andy Serkis “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on HBO.
Gollum (Andy Serkis) loses his ring in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on HBO.
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This week’s TV Movies  




Cedar Cove It’s Christmas, and while Jack (Dylan Neal) is reunited with Olivia (Andie MacDowell), but he’s desperate to hear from Eric, who’s missing. Bruce Boxleitner and Teryl Rothery also star in this new episode. 8 p.m. Hallmark

Saturday Night Live Bruce Willis hosts —for the first time since 1989 — with musical guest Katy Perry. 11:29 p.m. NBC



The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Following the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, director Peter Jackson returned to J.R.R. Tolkien’s works with this 2012 start to a three-film prequel. Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins. With Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Ian Holm Ian McKellen. 8 p.m. HBO

Signed, Sealed, Delivered The pilot for the upcoming series “Dead Letters” introduces a group of postal workers who have made it their mission to get undeliverable mail to its destination. Eric Mabius, Daphne Zuniga, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson star. 9 p.m. Hallmark

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Logan Lerman plays a high-school freshman who feels completely out of step with others until two stepsiblings (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller) make him a living project of sorts, steering him through many coming-of-age rites — not the least of which is first love. Mae Whitman and Dylan McDermott also star. 9 p.m. Showtime



Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC

McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET



Today David Gregory; “White Collar.” (N) 6 a.m. KNBC

Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC

State of the Union With Candy Crowley The debt ceiling and the government shutdown: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). GOP blamed for shutdown: Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-Mont.); former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) (N) 6 and 9 a.m. CNN

CBS News Sunday Morning Former professional hockey player Bobby Orr; Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. (N) 6:30 a.m. KCBS

Fareed Zakaria GPS Political gridlock: Norm Orenstein, American Enterprise Institute; Jeffrey Toobin; author Vanessa Williamson (“The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism”). The economy; gridlock in Washington; energy; Occupy Wall Street: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs; James Rogers, Duke Energy; Denis O’Brien, Digicel Group. (N) 7 and 10 a.m. CNN

Face the Nation Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). (N) 8 a.m. KCBS

Meet the Press Debt ceiling talks: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.); Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Christine Lagarde, IMF. Effect of government shutdown; military death benefits: Former Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta. Panel: Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.); Chuck Todd; Kathleen Parker, the Washington Post; Judy Woodruff, PBS. (N) 8 a.m. KNBC

This Week (N) 8 a.m. KABC


FoxNews Sunday With Chris Wallace Government shutdown; debt ceiling: Sen. Joe Manchin, III (D-W.V.); Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). Budget talks; Affordable Care Act: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Senate Chaplain Barry Black. Panel: George Will; Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.); Dana Perino; Juan Williams. (N) 8 a.m. KTTV; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. FNC

Reliable Sources Coverage of debt ceiling, shudown and Obamacare: Joe Concha, Mediaite; Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review; Eleanor Clift, Newsweek. Fact checking politicians: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Annenberg School of Communications; John Sides, the Washington Post. Report from the Committee to Protect Journalists: Leonard Downie Jr., the Washington Post. New smartphone app: Barbara Lippert, Mediapost. (N) 8 a.m. CNN

MediaBuzz Jim Pinkerton; Dana Milbank, the Washington Post; Jackie Kucinich, the Washington Post; Glenn Thrush, Politico; Charles Krauthammer; Megyn Kelly. (N) 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

60 Minutes The issues facing Detroit; Jack Andraka. (N) 7 p.m. KCBS