Sun, December 21
Fans were divided when this Emmy-winning series more or less rebooted itself in Season 4 by sending Carrie (Claire Danes) off on her own high-profile new post in a very volatile part of the Middle East. The new location brought a slew of new characters and cast members, but longtime viewers probably will love that tonight's season finale, a new episode called "Long Time Coming," finds Carrie back in the United States for a reunion with Saul (Mandy Patinkin), who's eager to hear about what she saw in Islamabad.
This Rankin/Bass holiday classic, based on the Christmas song The Little Drummer Boy, tells the story of Aaron, a poor boy who cannot afford to buy a present for baby Jesus and instead plays a special song for him on his drums.
The Rankin/Bass marathon continues when Fred Astaire narrates this tale of Kris Kringle (voice of Mickey Rooney), a young man who starts a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children, earning him the name Santa Claus.