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EW's holiday-movie-cliche checklist

We size up this year's made-for-TV movies like ''A Dog Named Christmas,'' ''The Three Gifts,'' and more

A giant sack of original TV movies is about to be dropped down your chimney. Want to know which traditional Christmas-flick chestnuts will be served up for your merriment this year? Presenting our fourth annual comparison chart.

The National Tree (Hallmark, Nov. 28)
Christmas-tree prep - Yes
Unexpected romance - Yes
Stop, toy thief! - No
Roaring fireplace - No, but a truck does drive through a roaring fire
Wistful stare at old photo - Yes
Token nod to Hanukkah - No
Orphan/dog given new home - No
Dean Cain in police custody - No

The Dog Who Saved Christmas (ABC Family, Nov. 28)
Christmas-tree prep - No
Unexpected romance - No
Stop, toy thief! - Yes
Roaring fireplace - Yes
Wistful stare at old photo - No
Token nod to Hanukkah - Yes
Orphan/dog given new home - Yes
Dean Cain in police custody - Yes

A Dog Named Christmas (CBS, Nov. 29)
Christmas-tree prep - Yes
Unexpected romance - No
Stop, toy thief! - No
Roaring fireplace - Yes
Wistful stare at old photo - Yes
Token nod to Hanukkah - No
Orphan/dog given new home - Yes
Dean Cain in police custody - No

Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle (Hallmark, Dec. 5)
Christmas-tree prep - Yes
Unexpected romance - Yes
Stop, toy thief! - No
Roaring fireplace - Yes
Wistful stare at old photo - Yes
Token nod to Hanukkah - No
Orphan/dog given new home - No
Dean Cain in police custody - No

The Christmas Hope (LMN, Dec. 13)
Christmas-tree prep - Yes
Unexpected romance - Yes
Stop, toy thief! - No
Roaring fireplace - Yes
Wistful stare at old photo - Yes
Token nod to Hanukkah - No
Orphan/dog given new home - Yes
Dean Cain in police custody - No

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (ABC Family, Dec. 13)
Christmas-tree prep - No
Unexpected romance - Yes
Stop, toy thief! - Yes
Roaring fireplace - Yes
Wistful stare at old photo - No
Token nod to Hanukkah - No
Orphan/dog given new home - No
Dean Cain in police custody - No

A Golden Christmas (ION TV, Dec. 13)
Christmas-tree prep - No
Unexpected romance - Yes
Stop, toy thief! - No
Roaring fireplace - Yes
Wistful stare at old photo - Yes
Token nod to Hanukkah - No
Orphan/dog given new home - Yes
Dean Cain in police custody - No

The Three Gifts (Hallmark, Dec. 19)
Christmas-tree prep - Yes
Unexpected romance - No
Stop, toy thief! - No
Roaring fireplace - Yes
Wistful stare at old photo - Yes
Token nod to Hanukkah - No
Orphan/dog given new home - Yes
Dean Cain in police custody - Yes