ALSO SEE: NFL Regular Season Schedule 2018
All Times Eastern.
Saturday, Dec. 22
NFL Network, beginning at 4:30pm Live
NFL Network’s Week 16 Saturday games have the Washington Redskins at the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens at the L.A. Chargers.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 21, 2018
Syfy Original Christmas Movie Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 10:15am
Kick off your holidays with this cheese platter of Yuletide-themed Syfy original movies, starting with Snowmageddon, and continuing with Santa Jaws, Christmas Icetastrophe, 12 Disasters of Christmas, and Santa’s Slay.
ESPN2 & CBS, beginning at 12pm Live
A big Saturday of college hoops tips off with Wake Forest at Tennessee on ESPN2. Connecticut takes on Villanova in the MSG Classic at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on CBS. Chicago’s United Center hosts the CBS Sports Classic doubleheader on CBS with UCLA vs. Ohio State and North Carolina vs. Kentucky.
ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live
Enjoy wall-to-wall college football postseason games on ESPN with Memphis vs. Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl, Army vs. Houston in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Buffalo vs. Troy in the Dollar General Bowl and Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl.
Jingle Around the Clock
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Elle Bennet’s (Brooke Nevin) plans for a Christmas reunion with her college friends are thwarted by a promotion-promising work opportunity. And when she’s forced to team up with advertising campaign “fixer” Max (Michael Cassidy), who has a completely different take on the holidays, they unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other.
The Alec Baldwin Show
First, multitalented performer RuPaul, who revels in using all of the colors in the crayon box to push back against the establishment, sits down with Alec. Celebrating 10 years of his uber-popular RuPaul’s Drag Race, he talks about how being gay was never really a driving force in his decision-making and why he is not defined by representing change. Then, Erna Solberg, the second female prime minister in the history of Norway, joins Alec to talk about the global environmental movement in her country, its strict immigration policy and generous social system, the differences between Norway and the United States, and her passion for education and mental health among the youth.
Sunday, Dec. 23
Richard Adams’ acclaimed novel is reinterpreted in this four-part animated miniseries. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, it follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton and Tom Wilkinson are among the voice cast.
A Very Merry MeTV: Classic Christmas Episodes
MeTV, beginning at 5pm
MeTV ends the month with a selection of great Christmas episodes, including two episodes of Laverne & Shirley, “Oh Hear the Angels’ Voices” (1976) and “O Come All Ye Bums” (1978). The Love Boat follows with “Santa, Santa, Santa/Another Dog Gone Christmas/Noel’s Christmas Carol” from 1984. Finally, the evening concludes with two holiday M*A*S*H episodes, 1972’s “Dear Dad” and 1980’s “Death Takes a Holiday.”
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
While helping to decorate for the holidays, Sid (John Leguizamo) destroys Manny’s (Ray Romano) favorite decorations. When a frustrated Manny convinces Sid he’s on Santa’s naughty list, Sid, Crash (Seann William Scott), Eddie (Josh Peck) and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa (Billy Gardell). And while at the North Pole on Christmas Eve, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa’s Workshop, and it’s up to the friends to orchestrate a Christmas miracle.
Homicide for the Holidays: “Bloody New Year’s”
As if you weren’t cold enough already, prepare for more chills. Tonight, the docuseries recounts the story of a mom who was gunned down at home just before New Year’s. Later that evening, seven more bodies were discovered in another house.
UP TV, 7pm
A high-powered music executive is so desperate to sign the latest internet sensation to his record label that he agrees to accompany his sister to a country wedding to meet him. While there, he also meets a beautiful small-town girl and falls head-over-heels for her. Over the course of a year of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and masquerades, the two will need some Christmas magic to bring them together. Stars Sarah Troyer and Bradley Hamilton.
The Simpsons: “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”
It’s the classic tale of a fourth-grade boy whose ill-gotten tattoo almost ruins Christmas and the lovingly doltish father who tries to save the holiday at the racetrack. FOX is busting out this holiday special (the series’ pilot!) about Bart, Homer and the rest of the cartoon clan.
Christmas Made to Order
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
When Steven (Jonathan Bennett) finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (Alexa PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home.
3 Holiday Tails
In the Lifetime premiere of this cute 2011 flick, David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and a trio of lovable dogs, they’ll truly have a Christmas to remember. Stars Julie Gonzalo, Kelly Stables, K.C. Clyde, Alley Mills and Bruce Davison.
Scandalous: Chappaquiddick: “Stranger Than Fiction”
FOX News Channel, 8pm
The final episode, “Stranger Than Fiction,” will dive into the later life of Senator Ted Kennedy, as he serves in the United States Senate, decades after his car was found in the waters off Chappaquiddick. The program will spotlight Kennedy as he battles a brain tumor and soon passes away in 2009, taking with him the only true first-hand knowledge of what happened on the night of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne’s death. Speculation and theories continue to surface as the nation tries to fill the void left by Senator Kennedy’s continued silence and shifting stories. An extended director’s cut version containing additional footage and longer guest interviews will be available on FOX Nation
Madam Secretary: “Family Separation: Part 1”
The new two-part “Family Separation” marks Madam Secretary’s 100th episode. Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) goes up against a U.S. governor over the state’s new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children. Part 2 airs Jan. 6.
The Year: 2018
Robin Roberts hosts this look back at the most memorable moments of the past 12 months. A likely candidate for discussion: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May wedding.
Marilyn Monroe for Sale
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
In 2016, Julien’s Auctions in L.A. sold off stuff that once belonged to the blond bombshell, including the gown she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. This special uses those items to tell the icon’s story.
Charles Krauthammer: Making His Point
FOX News Channel, 10pm
This one-hour documentary will feature Daniel Krauthammer, the son of late Pulitzer-prize winning writer and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer. During the program, Daniel will journey through his mission to complete the book that his father left unfinished when he died, The Point of It All. In addition, he will give viewers a look inside of his father’s life, ambitions, and the legacy he left behind.
Monday, Dec. 24
Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfram
Needing a change of scenery, amateur sleuth Aggie (Ashley Jensen) rents a cottage in the picturesque English village of Fryfram. But rather than horses and hounds, she finds a pub waitress with supposedly magical perfume, a police inspector who believes in fairies —and two dead bodies, courtesy of a murderer who’s particularly talented with a knife and slingshot. Aggie’s devil-may-care sometime lover Sir Charles Fraith (Jason Merrells) also shows up to help with the investigation, a move that does not thrill her stuffy ex, James Lacey (Jamie Glover).
Ancient Aliens Marathon
History, beginning at 8am
History airs 12 hours of episodes from its popular series that explores whether extraterrestrials have visited Earth and influenced its civilizations.
“Jaws to the World” Movie Marathon
IFC, beginning at 8:15am
IFC thinks outside the (gift) box with this daylong, pre-holiday marathon of all the Jaws movies, not generally associated with Christmas. Nonetheless, viewers’ stockings will be filled with rotating airings of Steven Spielberg’s original 1975 classic Jaws, along with Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3 (1983) and the lump of coal that is Jaws: The Revenge (1987).
Days of Our Lives
The condition of comatose Horton matriarch Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) takes a turn just in time for the soap’s longest-running tradition: the hanging of ornaments on the family Christmas tree. While she can’t be there, Julie makes it known that the cherished ceremony should continue without her.
The Wise Guys: Christmas Special
FOX News Channel, 7pm
Moderated by former Education Secretary Dr. Bill Bennett, co-panelists include former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, former campaign manager for Reagan-Bush ’84 Ed Rollins and FOX Business Network hosts Stuart Varney and Trish Regan. The program will showcase its signature roundtable discussion as they delve into the nation’s most pressing issues, including the political atmosphere of the country, the state of the economy and what the country can expect in the new year. Dr. Bennett, Fleischer and Rollins are all FOX News contributors.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Spend Christmas Eve watching Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 holiday classic. Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, a discouraged and despairing building-and-loan manager who contemplates suicide before a guardian angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) intervenes and allows him to see what George’s small town of Bedford Falls would be without him — and all that is right in his world. Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore also star.
Christmas Eve Movie Marathon
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Enjoy a night of movies with a Christmas Eve-themed flair, beginning with The Bishop’s Wife (1947) and including other classics like the 1938 Reginald Owen-led version of A Christmas Carol.
NFL Football: Denver at Oakland
ESPN, 8:15pm Live
The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders might not have much to play for in this Week 16 Monday Night Football matchup of disappointing AFC West teams.
Holiday Baking Championship: “Homecoming Special”
Food Network, 9pm
Let’s get cracking (eggs)! Six former Holiday Baking Championship winners are coming back to where it all started for a shot at a second title … if they can nail the metallic cake challenge that tests their, well, mettle.
Christmas Eve Mass
If the No. 1 item on your wish list is to watch Pope Francis lead a Mass on the night before Christmas, this broadcast from majestic St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome will make your season bright.
Tuesday, Dec. 25
Antenna TV, 5am
Enhance your Christmas morning with five hours of background ambiance featuring a crackling fire accompanied by holiday tunes.
“Die Hard” 30th Anniversary Movie Marathon
IFC, beginning at 6:30am
Hopefully, your Christmas won’t be as stressful as John McClane’s (Bruce Willis), who finds himself battling the criminals who crash his wife’s office holiday party in the 1988 action classic Die Hard. You can spend today watching McClane in several Die Hard films, even a few that don’t have a Christmas setting — IFC will rotate airings of the original Die Hard, as well as Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007).
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade
Jordan Fisher, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Palmer host this annual holiday tradition that brings together Disney’s adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. A few of the scheduled musical performers include Gwen Stefani, Brett Eldredge, Andrea Bocelli, Aloe Blacc, Olivia Holt and Maddie Poppe.
ESPN & ABC, beginning at 12pm Live
The NBA’s Christmas Day tradition continues with five big games: the Milwaukee Bucks at the New York Knicks (ESPN), the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Houston Rockets (ABC), the Philadelphia 76ers at the Boston Celtics (ABC), the L.A. Lakers at the Golden State Warriors (ABC & ESPN) and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Utah Jazz (ESPN).
When Calls the Heart: “The Greatest Christmas Blessing”
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Hallmark Channel’s historical drama presents its annual holiday episode, starring Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith and Paul Greene. While Elizabeth (Krakow) prepares for the birth of her first child, a group of orphans becomes stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, and the residents — led by Bill (Wagner) and Abigail (Loughlin) — rally to make it a Christmas to remember.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
In this original 1966 TV special based on Dr. Seuss’ classic story, Boris Karloff narrates and voices the title Grinch, who schemes to steal every material vestige of Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. But the Grinch ultimately discovers he can’t remove the spirit of Christmas from the Whos’ hearts. Chuck Jones produced and directed this beloved classic, written by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) himself. The special is followed by an airing of the live-action 2000 feature film version of the story, starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.
Comedies for Christmas Movie Marathon
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Turner Classic Movies is making things merry with an evening of classic Hollywood comedies. The night begins with Some Like It Hot (1959), and also includes other famous titles like Monkey Business (1952) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936).
“Call the Midwife” Holiday Special
Gifts don’t come under the tree for the ladies at London’s Nonnatus House. Instead, Christmas brings an unexpected visit from indefatigable Sister Mildred (guest star Miriam Margolyes) along with the four Chinese orphans in her care. Other newly arriving “presents” on the 1960s-set drama: scatterbrained Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar), naive Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) and formidable receptionist Miss Higgins (Georgie Glen). When it rains holy water, it pours!
Wednesday, Dec. 26
Alexa & Katie
In Season 2, for best friends Alex and Katie (Paris Berelc and Isabel May), sophomore year brings budding romance, a major breakup, a birthday milestone and big lessons they will never forget.
“Pawn Stars” Marathon
History, beginning at 10am
If you have the day after Christmas off, you might want to spend at least some of it watching History’s ten-hour marathon of episodes from its antiques-and-collectibles series.
“South Park” Marathon
Comedy Central, beginning at 11:10am
Spend some quality time with your favorite rowdy animated adolescents. Every day until Dec. 29, Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny take over Comedy Central for 14 hours of cartoon mayhem.
The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors
The Kennedy Center Honors salutes singer and actress Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass, country music entertainer Reba McEntire, and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. In a first for the Kennedy Center Honors, the co-creators of the Broadway musical Hamilton — writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire — will receive unique recognition as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.
TCM Remembers Burt Reynolds
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Turner Classic Movies remembers legendary actor Burt Reynolds, who passed away in September at age 82, with a multi-film tribute tonight. The marathon kicks off with Smokey and the Bandit (1977), and continues with Deliverance (1972), The Longest Yard (1974), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Best Friends (1982).
A major character dies in tonight’s clash between ax-wielding Vikings and flaming-arrow-shooting Saxons. Another battle rages in the soul of Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers): The man of God can’t deny his earthly passions, and the guilt is destroying him.
NOVA: “Apollo’s Daring Mission”
Hear Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of how the first manned mission to the moon, Apollo 8, pioneered groundbreaking technologies that would pave the way for the United States to win the space race.
Thursday, Dec. 27
ESPN, beginning at 1:30pm Live
ESPN airs a trio of college football bowl games today with Temple vs. Duke in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., Wisconsin vs. Miami in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., and Baylor vs. Vanderbilt in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston.
NHL Hockey: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
Claude Giroux leads the Philadelphia Flyers into Tampa Bay to face Steven Stamkos and the Lightning on NBCSN.
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
In this classic animated special from 1986, poor Charlie Brown’s holiday vacation is ruined by a book report assignment on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Good grief — what grade are these kids in again?! The 1,136-page tome is so heavy, he needs a handcart to schlep it around. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang is learning to foxtrot in preparation for a New Year’s Eve shindig.
I Feel Bad: “I Don’t Know My Dad”
When Emet (Sarayu Blue) realizes she doesn’t know very much about her father, she goes to extreme measures to learn more about him. Meanwhile, the guys at work try to open up more to each other. Another new episode follows.
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
The Boston Celtics visit the Houston Rockets in the first game of TNT’s Thursday NBA doubleheader. The second game has the Philadelphia 76ers at the Utah Jazz.
Top Chef: “Surprise … It’s Restaurant Wars”
On the reality competition’s menu tonight: delicious mind games! The fan-favorite Restaurant Wars challenge gets served up early this season, and it’ll be three teams (rather than the usual two) trying to open eateries on the fly. “The chefs knew it was coming, so we added another twist,” says judge Tom Colicchio. “I don’t think the surprise affected the food, but now they’re never going to get comfortable!”
Friday, Dec. 28
This original drama from India is based on the novel by Aravind Adiga. It’s a coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Manju, who tries out for Mumbai’s under-19 cricket team. When he meets his older brother’s rival, everything in his world begins to change.
ESPN, beginning at 1:30pm Live
The parade of college football bowl games marches on with Purdue vs. Auburn in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, West Virginia vs. Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl and Iowa State vs. Washington State in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Garth: Live at Notre Dame!
CBS presents this encore of the Garth: Live at Notre Dame! concert event. Country legend Garth Brooks takes the stage for the first concert ever at the University of Notre Dame’s 88-year-old football stadium. Filmed in October, the special includes Brooks’ greatest hits as well as some unexpected covers, all in front of an enthusiastic sold-out crowd of over 84,000.
Midnight, Texas: “Yasss, Queen”
With Midnight, Texas, now under the rule of Dark Witches, the surviving Midnighters must band together in one last, desperate attempt to save their town.
Songs on Screen
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Turner Classic Movies airs three classic music-filled films: The Beatles starring in A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Elvis Presley leading Jailhouse Rock (1957) and the big-screen version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy (1975).
Popstar’s Best of 2018
The CW, 9pm
Hosts Elizabeth Stanton and James Maslow count down the greatest and most memorable moments and trends of 2018, as decided by polls from Popstar! Magazine.
Great Performances: “Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood”
Celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with this tribute concert at Tanglewood. Featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the concert is hosted by Audra McDonald and includes guest artists Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Thomas Hampson and others.
Z Nation: “The End of Everything”
Season 5 of the zombie apocalypse drama ends tonight.
Van Helsing: “Birth Ritual”
The action-horror series brings its third season to a close.
WE tv, 10pm
Based on the popular digital show of the same name, this eight-episode series includes tales of incredible and unusual relationships where traditional notions of romance are reimagined for the 21st century. Stories include a young Florida woman who spends time as an “adult baby,” a 4-foot-tall weightlifter who finds love with a transgender woman, and real-life vampire couples.
Extreme Cake Makers: “Prince of Cakes”
Cooking Channel, 11pm
There’s no place like home — even if, as a member of the British royal family, you happen to have five of them. Husband-and-wife bakers Phil and Christine Jensen counted on that sentimental adage for their latest challenge on Extreme Cake Makers.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Food Network, 11am
Mix up the mimosas and couch out with a trio of new brunch-themed episodes, starting with The Kitchen’s pre-New Year’s menu featuring chef Jeff Mauro’s strawberry and prosecco scones. Next, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen has cornmeal pancakes worth singing about, followed by Guy’s Ranch Kitchen and a Northern Cali spread that includes spicy deviled eggs and avocado toast.
“American Gods” Marathon
Starz, beginning at 3pm
The Gods have spoken. Before Season 2 arrives March 10, you can marathon the trippy eight-episode first round of this fantasy drama, about the impending war between dormant old gods hiding among us and vibrant new gods (like Technical Boy!). The series, based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, is a visual stunner, and with a fantastic Ian McShane stirring the pot as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, it’s also never dull.
College Football Playoff Semifinals
ESPN, beginning at 4pm Live
The nation’s top four teams battle in the College Football Playoff semifinal games for the right to play in the national championship Jan. 7. The No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Then the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners go up against the defending national champion and No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide in the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida.
“The Fast and the Furious” Franchise Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 5:30pm
Airing tonight and picking up again tomorrow afternoon, several entries from the popular action film series will air on Syfy. Titles shown include The Fast and the Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).
A Midnight Kiss
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
With only one week to prepare, Mia (Adelaide Kane) and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company’s history: a massive New Year’s Eve party for tech entrepreneur Kate Clark. When her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Mia reluctantly enlists the help of her brother’s visiting college buddy (Carlos PenaVega) to help her pull off the event.
The Alec Baldwin Show
Emmy-winning actress Regina King joins Alec for a conversation about her impressive career on both sides of the camera and the fear she had to overcome when she decided to direct. King talks about her return to the big screen after many years in her newest project, If Beale Street Could Talk. Next, Gloria Allred shares her sense of duty for her work, the privilege she feels to be an attorney and her philosophy that guides her life. The successful lawyer and feminist discusses her early life as a single parent and why she delayed her application to law school until she was in her 30s. She shares her thoughts on #MeToo and whether things have gotten better, the Bill Cosby case, the importance of equal pay and her continued fight for equal rights.
2019 Winterfest Preview Special
Hallmark Channel, 10pm
Taylor Cole and Rukiya Bernard host a sneak peek at all five original movies coming to Hallmark Channel this January as the network celebrates new beginnings during Winterfest.