‘Yellowstone’ in ‘1923,’ World Cup Final, Holiday Movies Classic and New—and a Hallmark Hanukkah Treat

Yellowstone spins off again with its second prequel: 1923, starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. Argentina faces France in the World Cup final. Classic Christmas-timed movies (Meet Me in St. Louis, ABC’s annual The Sound of Music) compete with new holiday movies, including Hallmark’s Hanukkah on Rye.

Helen Mirren in '1923'
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1923

Series Premiere

SUNDAY: Another Yellowstone origin story (following 1883) moves into the early 20th century, with megastars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren ruling the ranch as Jacob and Cara Dutton. Series creator Taylor Sheridan’s busy premiere takes us from the Montana range, where the Duttons are at odds with sheepherders during a severe drought, to the veldt of Africa, where brooding nephew Spencer (Brandon Sklenar) hunts wild game, haunted by his service during World War I. World-weary Ford and salt-of-the-earth Mirren are terrific, with the latter particularly strong when she advises a young woman about to marry into the family: “You have to want more than the boy. You have to want the life, too.” I expect Yellowstone fans will want as much of 1923 as they can get.

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World Cup

SUNDAY: The global soccer competition, which began nearly a month ago in Qatar, reaches its climax in the final game between Argentina and France. Will Argentina’s Lionel Messi finally take home the one major trophy that has eluded him during his phenomenal career? The match starts at 10AM ET.

Jeremy Jordan and Yael Grobglas in 'Hanukkah on Rye'
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Hanukkah on Rye

Movie Premiere

SUNDAY: On the first night of Hanukkah, Hallmark gives Santa a rest to tell the seasonal story of Jacob (Supergirl’s Jeremy Jordan) and Molly (Jane the Virgin’s Yael Grobglas), heirs to rival Jewish delis. Jacob arrives in New York from L.A. to see about opening a new location for his family’s operation, which could put Molly’s family’s Lower East Side joint out of business. What neither knows is that they’ve been writing pseudonymous letters to each other as part of their relatives’ matchmaking scheme. Stay tuned for a latke cookout and a Hanukkah songwriting contest with a cameo by Lisa Loeb.

TV Yule Log:

Inside Weekend TV:

  • Sherri Papini: Lies, Lies and More Lies (Saturday, 9/8c, Oxygen): The title says it all in a 90-minute documentary about the Northern California housewife who faked her own abduction and assault.
  • Saturday Night Live (Saturday, 11:30/10:30c, 8:30/PT): Elvis is in the building—well, more like the Elvis from the recent hit movie, when Austin Butler debuts as guest host in 2022’s last live episode. Lizzo steps in for the previously announced Yeah Yeah Yeahs as musical guest.
  • 60 Minutes (Sunday, 7:30/6:30c, 7 pm/PT): Scott Pelley is back in war-ravaged Ukraine, reporting on efforts to care for more than 1,000 kids fighting cancer amid the Russian shelling. Meanwhile, Bill Whitaker looks for signs of miracles as he visits the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France.
  • Coroner (Sunday, 8/7c and 9/8c, The CW): The two-part season finale puts Jenny (Serinda Swan) and her mother Peggy (Jennifer Dale) in jeopardy, while Donovan (Roger Cross) considers his future.
  • More finale action on the Epix WWII drama Rogue Heroes (Sunday, 9/8c), which the BBC recently renewed for a second season, with Winston Churchill sending the SAS (Special Air Service) off on another daring mission. In the two-episode series finale of CNN’s This Is Life with Lisa Ling (Sunday, 9/8c and 10/9c), the correspondent reports on the surge of alcoholism during the pandemic and on interracial couples still facing bias in America.