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Sunday, Nov. 24: Packers at 49ers in NFC Showdown on ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Sunday, Nov. 24

NFL Football: Green Bay at San Francisco
NBC, 8:15pm Live

Two of the NFC’s top teams meet on Sunday Night Football as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (8-2) are at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to face Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers (9-1).

Figure Skating: ISU Grand Prix Series: NHK Trophy
NBC, 4pm

The ISU Grand Prix Series comes to Sapporo, Japan, for the NHK Trophy as the world’s best figure skaters and ice dancers compete for a spot in the final next month in Italy.

A Christmas Recipe for Romance
UPtv, 7pm
Original Film!

When a prestigious food festival and cooking competition comes to her small town, Abby (Madeline Leon) hopes the increase in reservations will be enough to save her family’s struggling inn. A dash of Christmas magic lands a well-known and slightly disgraced celebrity chef on her doorstep, and Abby sees a chance to not only save her business, but also help him regain his reputation.

2019 American Music Awards
ABC, 8pm Live

Airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the AMAs is the largest fan-voted awards show in the world and will recognize the most popular artists and albums of 2019.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: “Love, Marriage, and Sour Peaches”
Bravo, 8pm

On top of the float for WorldPride, Cynthia and Nene come face-to-face for the first time since their fallout last year. Porsha grasps the reality that Dennis was unfaithful and plans for her future as a single, working mom. Kenya is forced to acknowledge the growing divide in her long-distance marriage.

God Friended Me: “Prophet & Loss”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Prophet & Loss,” Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) gets the name of Cara’s (Violett Beane) stepfather (guest star Tom Everett Scott), and they learn that he is potentially involved with an insider trading scheme.

The Simpsons: “Thanksgiving of Horror”
FOX, 8pm

In a special Thanksgiving edition of “Treehouse of Horror,” the Simpsons are forced to face various Thanksgiving nightmares, including the first Thanksgiving, an AI mishap and a dangerous space mission complicated by a sentient cranberry sauce. Werner Herzog provides a guest voice in the new episode “Thanksgiving of Horror.”

Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

In the follow-up to 2017’s A Gift to Remember, Ali Liebert and Peter Porte reprise their roles as Darcy and Aiden. Now celebrating their second Christmas together, the couple face an unexpected guest, and a fight to save a beloved community center unites everyone for an unforgettable holiday. Tina Lifford also stars.

Christmas 9 to 5
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Jennifer (Tiya Sircar) is a tough crime beat reporter who gets the assignment of her life: to find the true meaning of Christmas. When she goes undercover in a department store as a 9-to-5 sales clerk from Black Friday to Christmas Eve, she finds her true calling and meets the man of her dreams. It’s a Christmas she will never forget. George Wendt also stars.

Bless the Harts: “Mega-Lo-Memories”
FOX, 8:30pm

When the Harts want to continue their Thanksgiving tradition of Black Friday shopping instead of eating a meal as a family, Violet (Jillian Bell) tries to show them the error of their ways. Mary Steenburgen provides a guest voice in the new episode “Mega-Lo-Memories.”

The Walking Dead
AMC, 9pm
Midseason Finale!

It’s not always sunnier by the seashore, and no one gets that more than the residents of Oceanside. While a fight breaks out in the female community, our favorite Alexandrians are racing toward a high-stakes mission at this midpoint in the zombie drama’s 10th season.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Kill Beale: Vol. 1”
CBS, 9pm

Beale (Barrett Foa) is kidnapped in San Francisco while on a clandestine mission in the new episode “Kill Beale: Vol. 1.”

Bob’s Burgers: “Now We’re Not Cooking With Gas”
FOX, 9pm

Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) is determined to do whatever it takes to cook a heritage turkey after the gas goes out on Thanksgiving in the new episode “Now We’re Not Cooking With Gas.”

Our Christmas Love Song
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

When country star Melody Jones (Alicia Witt) is accused of plagiarizing, she returns home to spend Christmas with her estranged family and old flame (Brendan Hines).

The Chaperone
PBS, 9pm

Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) has a thing for the Jazz Age. In The Chaperone, a fictionalized tale “inspired by true events,” we meet Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) as a teen who’s desperate to escape her parochial Wichita, Kan., upbringing when invited to study dance in New York City. But this is 1922, and even a would-be bohemian must have a chaperone. Enter Norma Carlisle, played with moving and pained subtlety by Downton alum Elizabeth McGovern. Norma has a secret agenda for the trip, going on a clandestine detective hunt, seeking answers about her own childhood spent in an orphanage.

GilMORE the Merrier
UPtv, 9pm
For 153 episodes and innumerable bad choices, fans of Gilmore Girls (starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel) can binge on the dramedy’s entire 2000-07 run — and realize their own families aren’t so bad after all.

Family Guy: “Shanksgiving”
FOX, 9:30pm

When Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) hosts a special Thanksgiving dinner for her family, Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) decides the best way to avoid it is to get arrested in the new episode “Shanksgiving.”

Madam Secretary: “Ships and Countries”
CBS, 10pm

When an American tech CEO goes missing in a foreign country, Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) navigates complicated diplomatic terrain to get him back without triggering a regional conflict in the new episode “Ships and Countries.”

FOX Nation Patriot Awards
FOX News Channel, 10pm

FOX News Channel presents this one-hour special featuring a condensed version of the inaugural FOX Nation Patriot Awards ceremony, which took place Nov. 6 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Fla. The show celebrates modern day patriotism by honoring individuals across the country who have shown steadfast dedication to our nation and the patriotic values Americans hold dear. Winners were awarded for categories including Service to Veterans and the Ultimate Patriot Award, with the ceremony emceed by FOX Nation host and co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend Pete Hegseth.

Lost Secrets: “Doomsday Showdown”
Travel Channel, 11pm

When Justin Jampol is presented with a mysterious Cold War-era medal, his investigation proves that it was minted as a reward for an event that never happened — World War III. Could this prove that we were once on the brink of nuclear annihilation?

Monday, Nov. 25

College Basketball
ESPN2, beginning at 2:30pm Live

A full Monday of college basketball includes Dayton vs. Georgia, Michigan State vs. Virginia Tech and BYU vs. UCLA in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational; Richmond vs. Wisconsin in the Legends Classic; and Oklahoma vs. Stanford in the Hall of Fame Classic.

Dancing With the Stars
ABC, 8pm Live
Season Finale!

It all comes down to this as the four remaining stars — Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown and Kel Mitchell — return to the ballroom to compete for the Mirrorball trophy on the 11th and final week.

NFL Football: Baltimore at L.A. Rams
ESPN, 8pm Live

Monday Night Football is in Los Angeles for this Week 12 matchup featuring Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens against Jared Goff and the Rams.

9-1-1: “Fallout”
FOX, 8pm

The first responders deal with debris from a meteor shower crashing into an apartment building and a deadly fire caused by a hazardous waste truck crash inside a tunnel in the new episode “Fallout.”

A Christmas Duet
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Chaley Rose and Rome Flynn star as Averie and Jesse, a former singing duo famous for their song “Wouldn’t Be Christmas.” Five years after they went their separate ways — romantically and professionally — chance, and inclement weather, reunites them for the holidays.

The Voice: “Live Top 11 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live

The top 11 artists perform live in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani for America’s vote. This week’s theme is Fan Week. The artists will perform songs selected by fans who have submitted via the Suggest-A-Song feature in The Voice Official App.

Wrap Battle
Freeform, 9pm
New Series!

This holiday competition series follows nine contestants as they battle for gift-wrapping supremacy and a $50,000 prize. Sheryl Underwood hosts the six-episode series — which airs two episodes back-to-back each week — with Carson Kressley, Wanda Wen and a special celebrity serving as judges.

Prodigal Son: “Pied-A-Terre”
FOX, 9pm

When Martin (Michael Sheen) is locked away in solitary confinement and the FBI takes over the Junkyard Killer case, Malcolm (Tom Payne) uses his spare time as an excuse to try out a “normal” lifestyle in the new episode “Pied-A-Terre.”

College Behind Bars
PBS, 9pm
New Series!

The four-part documentary film series, directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick, produced by Sarah Botstein and executive produced by Ken Burns, explores the transformative power of education through the eyes of incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees. The series was shot over four years in maximum and medium security prisons in New York, and examines our country’s role in providing rehabilitation for the over 2 million men and women living behind bars.

The Good Doctor: “Incomplete”
ABC, 10pm

Shaun (Freddie Highmore) is ready for the next step in his relationship with Carly (Jasika Nicole); however, he continues to struggle as they grow closer and more intimate, and he is dealt some troubling news about a deeply personal issue. Meanwhile, a young patient must decide on a treatment that could save her life or possibly destroy her marriage.

Bluff City Law: “Perfect Day”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!

Sydney (Caitlin McGee) and Elijah (Jimmy Smits) race against the clock to get political asylum for a journalist whose life is at risk. Emerson (Stony Blyden) plans a Thanksgiving surprise for Elijah.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Star of the Month: Bette Davis
TCM, beginning at 6am

Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong salute to Bette Davis concludes today with several classics from the last four decades of her career, including All About Eve (1950), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Whales of August (1987) and more.

College Basketball
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 2:30pm Live

A full day of college hoops early-season tournament action includes games from the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (ESPN & ESPN2), the Legends Classic (ESPN2), the Hall of Fame Classic (ESPN2) and the MGM Resorts Main Event (ESPN2).

NCIS: “IRL”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “IRL,” the NCIS team investigates a petty officer’s murder that was livestreamed on a popular gaming app.

The Flash: “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 1”
The CW, 8pm

As Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) stands on the threshold of his impending death in Crisis, his convictions are tested when the monstrous Dr. Ramsey Rosso (guest star Sendhil Ramamurthy) infects the Flash with a mysterious, hallucinogenic contagion. Meanwhile, reporter Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) uncovers a vast conspiracy.

The Resident: “Peking Duck Day”
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “Peking Duck Day,” Chastain Memorial Hospital’s ER is inundated with patients on Thanksgiving, “the most dangerous day of the year.”

Check Inn to Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Julia Crawley (Rachel Boston) and Ryan Mason (Wes Brown) must unite their families during Crestridge’s Centennial Christmas celebration to save their family inns from a chain resort. Richard Karn also stars.

The Voice: “Live Top 11 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live

In the live results show, nine artists will be revealed as safe by America’s votes. The bottom two artists will then compete for the Instant Save, and one will be eliminated.

NHL Hockey: Dallas at Chicago
NBCSN, 8pm Live

Tyler Seguin leads the Dallas Stars into Chicago’s United Center to face off against Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks.

Empire: “Do You Remember Me”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Do You Remember Me,” Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) discovers an artist with raw talent that Lucious (Terrence Howard) dismissed years ago.

Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry
NBC, 9pm

Country music legend Dolly Parton performs at one of the most iconic stages in the world in this two-hour celebration of her 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Along with new interviews, Parton will perform some of her biggest hits in front of a live audience. Her superstar friends like Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr. and more will be on hand to help her celebrate and to perform.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Convicted”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Convicted,” Eddie Barrett (returning guest star Eddie Cahill) provides an alibi witness, making Pride (Scott Bakula) and the team more determined than ever to find a break in the case and avenge Lasalle’s murder.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

The Irishman
Netflix
Original Film!

Martin Scorsese directed an incredible cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel in this epic saga of organized crime in postwar America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live

The Boston Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets in the first game of ESPN’s NBA twin bill. The L.A. Lakers are in the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Pelicans in the second game.

NHL Hockey: Philadelphia at Columbus
NBCSN, 7pm Live

Travis Konecny and the Philadelphia Flyers hit the road for a Wednesday Night Hockey matchup against Pierre-Luc Dubois and the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey: “Jamaican Jailbait”
Bravo, 8pm
As the ladies head to Jamaica for Jennifer’s birthday, Dolores reveals her dislike for Jackie and tensions mount between Teresa and Jackie. Margaret deals with the repercussions from her lawsuit with Vineyard Vines and the wrath of Teresa after she makes a joke about her alleged affair.

The Christmas Club
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Elizabeth Mitchell and Cameron Mathison star as two busy strangers who meet when they help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings.

A Very Vintage Christmas
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Very Vintage Antiques is a popular destination to find one-of-a-kind treasures. When the eclectic store’s owner Dodie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) — a hopeless romantic — uncovers a hidden box filled with a collection of romantic mementos, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. With the help of the handsome tenant (Jesse Hutch) at the address listed on the box, she tries to find the box’s true owner and, maybe, true love. Patricia Richardson also stars.

Ellen’s Game of Games: “The Good Son of a Monster”
NBC, 8pm

In this special edition of Ellen DeGeneres’ fun-filled series, contestants will play Dizzy Dash, Son of a One-Eyed Monster, You Bet Your Wife and Blindfolded Musical Chairs. The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to Know or Go, and the winner of that game advances to Hot Hands for a chance to win a cash prize.

Almost Family: “Kosher AF”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Kosher AF,” another Bechley baby comes to the clinic looking for information about Leon (Timothy Hutton) and then invites her new family over for Shabbat to get to know them.

A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving
NBC, 9pm

This two-hour special highlights some of the most memorable Thanksgiving-themed sketches from SNL’s 44 past seasons.

NOVA: “Animal Espionage”
PBS, 9pm

Camera traps and drones are revolutionizing the study of wildlife by providing an up-close look at animals without disturbing them. See how these technologies are helping us understand everything from mysterious whale behavior to tiger migration.

Baroness von Sketch Show
IFC, 12:30am (late-night)
Season Finale!

Season 4 wraps up tonight for TV’s funny girls — Aurora Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Jennifer Whalen and Meredith MacNeill.

Thursday, Nov. 28

Merry Happy Whatever
Netflix
New Series!

Set during the happy but hectic days before and after Christmas, this eight-part comedy follows Don Quinn (Dennis Quaid), a strong-willed patriarch from Philadelphia doing his best to balance the stress of the holidays with the demands of his close-knit but eclectic family — and his family doing their best to manage him.

The Kids Table Movie Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 6:30am

This Thanksgiving Day movie marathon features titles that kids of all ages should enjoy, including Power Rangers (2017), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) and more.

Thanksgiving With “The Godfather”
IFC, beginning at 9am

Enjoy a 17-hour marathon of two back-to-back airings of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic films The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
NBC, 9am Live

The holiday favorite is back, with epic balloons and floats, major stars and more.

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina
NBC, 12pm

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia once again presents its long-running, all-breed dog show. Over 200 breeds and varieties will compete for Best of Breed, First in Group and the coveted title of Best in Show.

NFL Football
CBS, FOX & NBC, beginning at 12:30pm Live

The NFL’s Thanksgiving festivities kick off with the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions (FOX), followed by the Buffalo Bills at the Dallas Cowboys (CBS). In primetime, the New Orleans Saints are at the Atlanta Falcons (NBC).

College Football: Ole Miss at Mississippi State
ESPN, 7:30pm Live

Old SEC rivals meet again in the Egg Bowl as the Ole Miss Rebels battle the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
ABC, 8pm

Join hosts Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunton and Jesse Palmer as they present from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California. This magical celebration will feature celebrity musical performances, including Shaggy, Portugal. The Man, Pentatonix, Andy Grammer and Ingrid Michaelson, among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment.

College Basketball: Las Vegas Invitational
FS1, beginning at 8pm Live

The Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational from Orleans Arena features Iowa vs. Texas Tech and Creighton vs. San Diego State.

Christmas at the Plaza
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

When historian Jessica (Elizabeth Henstridge) is hired to create the Plaza Hotel’s legendary Christmas display, she finds more than facts while teaming up with handsome decorator Nick (Ryan Paevey) to bring the display to life.

A Christmas Wish
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Maddie (Megan Park) encourages her sister Faith (Hilarie Burton) to write down her heart’s desire — to experience true love — and place the wish into their hometown’s Christmas wishing box. The next day, Faith meets Andrew (Cristián de la Fuente) — who’s both handsome and single — and she wonders if her Christmas wish is coming true or if her heart is leading her to her best guy friend, Wyatt (Tyler Hilton). Pam Grier also stars.

Garth Brooks Yankee Stadium Concert
A&E, 9pm

Garth Brooks performs the first ever country music concert at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Almost Family: “Thankful AF”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Thankful AF,” in an attempt to start a new tradition, Julia (Brittany Snow) hosts Thanksgiving dinner for her ever-growing family.

Outrageous Holiday Houses
HGTV, 11pm

Lance Bass crisscrosses the continent to visit families who take their holiday decorations to the next level. From California to Virginia, some will go to any lengths to transform their homes for the Yuletide season.

Friday, Nov. 29

The Report
Amazon Prime Video
Original Film!

Two weeks after it premieres in theaters, this thriller, based on real-life events and starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm comes to Prime Video. When idealistic FBI staffer Daniel J. Jones (Driver) is tasked by his boss Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Bening) with leading an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, he opens a Pandora’s box of explosive evidence that reveals torture, subversion and evidence tampering at the hands of American governmental agencies.

I Lost My Body
Netflix
Original Film!

In a Parisian laboratory, a severed hand escapes its unhappy fate and sets out to reconnect with its body in this animated film that was a Cannes Critics’ Week selection. As it crosses the city, the extremity fends off pigeons and rats alike to reunite with pizza boy Naoufel. Its memories of Naoufel and his love for librarian Gabrielle may provide answers about what caused the hand’s separation and a poetic backdrop for a possible reunion between the three.

NHL Hockey: N.Y. Rangers at Boston
NBC, 1pm Live

The NHL’s Thanksgiving Showdown Black Friday matinee game returns to TD Garden in Boston as the N.Y. Rangers face off against the Bruins on NBC.

College Football: Missouri at Arkansas
CBS, 2:30pm Live

College football’s Battle Line Rivalry in the SEC has the Missouri Tigers at the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Frosty the Snowman
CBS, 8pm

The classic animated musical special returns, narrated by Jimmy Durante. Jackie Vernon provides the voice of the “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic brings him to life. The special is followed by the 1992 sequel, Frosty Returns.

Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

As the town of Evergreen searches for a rumored Christmas time capsule, a skeptical writer arrives to get the story on the town’s “too-good-to-be-true” Christmas fever. Stars Maggie Lawson and Paul Greene.

Staging Christmas
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Professional home stager Lori (Soleil Moon Frye) normally stages homes that are for sale, and she’s intrigued when a wealthy widower (George Stults) asks her to stage his home for the holidays to cheer up his young daughter. As Lori starts remaking the man’s home, she finds that she’s not only staging the perfect Christmas, but also helping a loving family create it. Jaleel White also stars.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us: “Merry Fool Us”
The CW, 9pm

The magical duo of Penn & Teller is joined by host Alyson Hannigan to help kick off the holiday season with this all-new special complete with magicians, costumes and a Christmas trophy.

Baking Christmas
OWN, 9pm
Original Film!

The gloves come off and the frosting flies as siblings vie for control of their retiring mother’s bakery in an unforgettable competition to create the best-ever Christmas confection. The film stars Aloma Wright, Tim Reid, Khalilah Joi, Leigh-Ann Rose, Arnell Powell and Yohance Myles.

Great Performances: “Kinky Boots”
PBS, 9pm

The Tony Award-winning, high-heeled hit musical features songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, and tells the story of an unexpected duo who embrace their differences to create an extraordinary line of shoes.

Room 104
HBO, 11pm
Season Finale!

Season 3 of the anthology series set at an average American motel comes to an end with the episode “The Specimen Collector.”

Saturday, Nov. 30

College Football
CBS & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live

Two of Saturday’s marquee college football clashes are the classic Big Ten matchup between Ohio State and Michigan (FOX) in Ann Arbor and the Iron Bowl with Alabama at Auburn (CBS).

Robbie the Reindeer
CBS, 8pm

CBS airs two Robbie the Reindeer animated holiday specials tonight, beginning with “Hooves of Fire,” in which Robbie (voice of Ben Stiller) competes against Blitzen (voice of Hugh Grant) in the Reindeer Races for a position on Santa’s sleigh team. Then in “Legend of the Lost Tribe,” Robbie must stop Blitzen from creating a Reindeer World theme park.

Christmas in Rome
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
Lacey Chabert stars as an American tour guide in Rome who agrees to teach a culture-shocked businessman (Sam Page) about Rome at Christmastime. In the process, both discover that Rome is where the heart is.

Merry Liddle Christmas
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

In a film inspired by her own recent Christmas catastrophe, Kelly Rowland stars as Jacquie, a successful, super-together, single tech entrepreneur whose messy family descends on her gleaming new dream home for the holidays. Christmas traditions collide and family drama ensues as she struggles to keep her house together in time for a glossy video shoot of “the perfect Christmas.”

It’s a Wonderful Life
NBC, 8pm

NBC again airs 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. The movie will be re-broadcast on Christmas Eve.

The Story of Santa Claus
CBS, 9pm

This animated musical holiday special features the voices of Ed Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry, and revolves around a gentle toymaker whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas.