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Sunday, Dec. 20: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Spread Holiday Musical Cheer

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Sunday, Dec. 20

Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event
CBS, 8:30pm Live / 8pmPT

Following up on the success of their CBS concert special in spring of this year, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform live by request from their home recording studio, Studio G, singing songs of the season for viewers looking for the comfort and shared joy of music during the holidays.

College Football Playoff Selection Show
ESPN, 12pm Live

The final College Football Playoff rankings of the season are revealed today on ESPN, and we’ll know which four teams will be competing in the CFP semifinal games taking place Jan. 1. Hoping for a spot in the top four are Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Florida and Cincinnati.

The Andy Griffith Show
MeTV, 5pm

A three-hour block of classic sitcom Christmas episodes begins in the surprisingly festive jail of Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith).

The Sound of Music
ABC, 7pm

Celebrate the Rodgers & Hammerstein cinematic treasure and Oscar-winning classic with popular favorites “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and “The Sound of Music.”

The Top Ten Revealed: “Songs About Your Ride”
AXS TV, 8pm
Season Finale!

Whether figuratively or literally, many classic tunes have been written and sung about sweet vehicles. This episodes counts down the best of them, as picked by rock experts Rikki Rockett, DJ Damage, Ahmet Zappa and others.

Empires of New York: “1987-90: Party’s Over”
CNBC, 8pm

When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Black Monday hits, the market crashes and the great bull market of the ’80s goes down with it. New York, and indeed the country as a whole, are left with a brutal hangover — and the party is over for the Emperors of New York, as well. Indictments. Prison sentences. Ruinous debt. While some decide to play their best hand and escape with what they can, others continue to feel invincible — digging in their heels and getting ready for the fight of their lives.

American Monster: “Out of His Shell”
Investigation Discovery, 8pm

Doting parents Brett and Mona Wehde live a quiet life in sleepy rural Iowa raising their three children. When a new family arrives, relationships flourish, but behind closed doors a wicked plot is hatched that soon destroys life as they know it forever.

Cross Country Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Former classmates Lina (Rachael Leigh Cook) and Max (Greyston Holt) are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of transportation.

A Christmas Break
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Schoolteacher Addison Tate (Cindy Sampson) wants this Christmas to be special for her kids, especially since the school board has decided that it will be the last, as the school will be closing. When Addison meets Danny (Steve Byers), a Hollywood actor who is home to reconnect with his roots, sparks fly, uniting the two to save the school from closing right before Christmas Eve.

Ice Airport Alaska: “50 Year Storm”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Season Finale!

A record day of snowfall threatens to shut down the airport, leaving havoc on the airfield. Icy conditions have caused a 20,000-pound truck to crash and a billion-dollar aircraft may not be safe to fly. And there’s an invasion from a wild moose, while CBP intercept a consignment of counterfeit goods.

Attack of the Yeti
Travel Channel, 8pm

In this two-hour special, Dr. Mark Evans and a team of scientists embark on a dangerous expedition in the Himalayas to investigate recent sightings of a mysterious giant. Using cutting-edge analysis, they attempt to confirm if they’ve uncovered new evidence of the Yeti.

Music’s Greatest Mysteries: “Satanic, Dissed and Goddess”
AXS TV, 9pm

What’s the satanic truth behind playing records backwards? Was “Sweet Home Alabama” the first “diss track?” What explains the mysteries that surround Stevie Nicks?

Candy Land
Food Network, 9pm
Season Finale!

Host Kristin Chenoweth tasks the final two teams with whipping up one last delectable gift for Candy Land’s King Kandy.

Doomsday: The Missing Children
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

In the autumn of 2019, 7-year-old JJ Vallow and his stepsister, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, disappear from their home in Rexburg, Idaho. As months pass with no explanation or answers on the kids’ whereabouts, police and family beg their mother, 46-year-old Lori Vallow, to produce the children or explain where they are. Ten months later, in June 2020, JJ and Tylee’s bodies are found buried in a makeshift grave on a rural Idaho farm, leaving their friends, family, law enforcement and the world to wonder — what happened to JJ and Tylee? This three-hour special seeks some answers.

Air Warriors: “Top Gunships”
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm

When ground troops are in trouble, they call for one thing: Close Air Support. Their guardian angels: the A-10 Thunderbolt, the F-16 Viper, the B-52 Stratofortress, the AC-130 and the Harrier Jump Jet. These planes fly some of the military’s riskiest missions, where crews fire at enemy combatants dangerously close to allied troops. These are high-stakes, high-stress missions in today’s toughest conflicts — Iraq and Afghanistan — where American and British lives hang in the balance.

A Year in Music: “2003”
AXS TV, 9:30pm

This episode looks back at the musical year 2003, which saw Beyoncé make her solo debut, Amy Winehouse release her debut album and American Idol crown its first winner, Kelly Clarkson. Meanwhile, 2003 marked a new era in the industry as music became available for streaming in a new online platform, and the world said goodbye to the Man in Black, Johnny Cash.

22nd Annual A Home for the Holidays
CBS, 9:30pm

Inspiring stories of adoption from foster care are shared in the Gayle King-hosted special, featuring performances by Josh Groban, Miranda Lambert, Andrea Bocelli and more.

This Is Life With Lisa Ling: “Psychedelic Healing”
CNN, 10pm
Season Finale!

Journalist Lisa Ling concludes the seventh season of her docuseries in which she travels across America to explore communities that are often unknown or misunderstood with a look at the rising popularity of psychedelic healing.

Project Christmas Wish
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10pm
Original Film!

For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love. Stars Amanda Schull and Travis Van Winkle.

Bigfoot Is Real: “The Hunt Is On”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Don goes on a local TV show to reach out to the public about their Bigfoot sightings. The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization travels to a rural area, where a family claims Bigfoot killed several of their dogs and attacked a young man. The hunt begins when another dog goes missing.

The Holly and the Ivy
TCM, 10:15pm
Catch a Classic!

Turner Classic Movies’ Classic Christmas Marathon continues all day today, and one of the highlights is The Holly and the Ivy, a heartwarming 1952 drama about an English family that is reunited during the holidays. With Christmas imminent, recently widowed village parson Martin Gregory (Ralph Richardson) is particularly looking forward to the holiday visit from his three grown children (Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, Denholm Elliott). However, each has their own piece of difficult news to share — and they don’t know how to break it to a father they felt gave more attention to his parishioners than to them.

Monday, Dec. 21

Syndicated, check local listings

In memory of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who died Nov. 8 at the age of 80, 10 of his best episodes will air across this week and next.

General Hospital
ABC, 2pm

Jason (Steve Burton) has trouble reconnecting with Sonny (Maurice Benard). Carly introduces Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) to baby Donna. Laura (Genie Francis) scoffs at the notion that she and Cyrus (Jeff Kober) have anything in common. Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) find out the sex of their unborn child. Finn (Michael Easton) is roped into a spontaneous poker game with Chase (Josh Swickard).

College Football: Myrtle Beach Bowl: Appalachian State vs. North Texas
ESPN, 2:30pm Live

ESPN has coverage of Appalachian State vs. North Texas in the Myrtle Beach Bowl from Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
The CW, 8pm

Based on the hit song that became a worldwide holiday phenomenon, this goofy and heartwarming adventure features young Jake Spankenheimer on the quest of a lifetime to track his missing grandma down on Christmas Eve to prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Michele Lee provides the voice of Jake’s greedy Cousin Mel, and recording artist Elmo Shropshire provides the narration.

NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
ESPN, 8pm Live

AFC North rivals battle at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium as Ben Roethlisberger leads the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Bengals on Monday Night Football.

Spotlight on Christmas
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Dumped two weeks before Christmas, actress Olivia O’Hara (Tori Anderson) secretly returns to her tiny hometown to hide out, eat cookies and avoid the press. What she doesn’t expect is to be faced with the family she left behind, meet a charming new guy, Casey Rawlins (Victor Zinck Jr.), and have a noisy reporter following her every move. Completely overwhelmed, Olivia contemplates running away from her life once again, but with a newfound confidence and freedom, she bravely steps up to take the starring role in her own life, realizing that home is where the heart is and that she deserves to be loved for exactly who she really is.

Greek Island Odyssey: “Poseidon’s Rage”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Season Finale!

Bettany Hughes sails through the Corinth Canal — a feat of engineering which required the removal of 12 million cubic meters of earth to construct — to understand this strategic location for the ancient Greeks and tell the story of Jason, famous for his adventures with Argonauts and his ill-fated marriage to sorceress Medea. Back at sea, Bettany heads to Odysseus’ penultimate stop: Corfu. Odysseus was shipwrecked on Corfu after being hit by a storm. His salvation was Princess Nausicaa and her father King Alcinous. Bettany gets a royal welcome, too — from her old friend Count Spiro Flamburiari, whose family roots can be traced back to the Venetian rule of Corfu.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!
NBC, 8pm

Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has become a Christmas staple for generations. This musical version, with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss), breathes new life into this timeless story. This fun-filled two-hour production will air from the Troubadour Theatre in London, and stars Matthew Morrison (Glee) as the Grinch.

Mysteries of the Unknown: “Frozen Monster, Aircraft Carrier of Ice and American Cowboys”
Travel Channel, 8pm

Don Wildman examines a humanoid creature encased in ice, recalls the peculiar tale of a frozen warship and reveals the American cowboys who saved the U.K.

neXt: “File #8”
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “File #8,” neXt continues to wreak havoc around the world. LeBlanc (John Slattery) decides to plant a virus on the neXt server, but he must break into ZAVA in order to do it.

Celebrity IOU: “Allison Janney Gifts a Showstopper”
HGTV, 9pm

The actress teams up with Drew and Jonathan Scott to give back to her assistant and close friend of 20 years, Ilana. Allison says she and Ilana are more like family and have supported each other during some of life’s most difficult times. Ilana and her husband love to cook and entertain, but their current galley kitchen is not ideal for hosting family and friends. Allison and the brothers will completely overhaul Ilana’s kitchen and dining room to create a stylish and functional gathering space.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds
FOX, 9pm
Season Finale!

In the season finale episode “Seven Wonders of the New World,” travel to the future and the dazzling pavilions of the 2039 New York World’s Fair, where problems currently considered intractable may have been solved through public commitment and scientific imagination.

Twisted Sisters: “The Patio Door”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Season Finale!

Sisters Dakota and Sidnee are very similar, and their similarity creates a particularly vicious rivalry. The sisters live in a small town where there’s no getting away from one another, which only makes things worse. Eventually one of the sisters lures a local teenage gang into a plot that leads to murder.

Dr. Pimple Popper: Season’s Squeezings
TLC, 9pm

OK, they got us on the title again. Everyone’s favorite pimple popper, Dr. Sandra Lee, offers up a holiday-themed special before moving into its regular time slot with new episodes the following Monday.

The Miracle of the Bells
TCM, 9:45pm
Catch a Classic!

Fans of Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s should take to this 1948 drama that is perhaps lesser-known, but similarly heartwarming. Based on Russell Janney’s bestseller, the film follows Hollywood press agent Bill Dunnigan (Fred MacMurray) as he tries to carry out a deathbed promise he made to the only woman he ever loved — an aspiring actress named Olga Treskovna (Alida Valli), who dies after completing her first film. As promised, Bill takes her body to the Pennsylvania coal town of her birth for the funeral arrangements. Studio head Marcus Harris (Lee J. Cobb) wants to reshoot Olga’s movie with an established movie star, rather than risk losing a fortune on an “unknown” whom he can no longer groom for stardom. To arouse public interest and get the reluctant studio to release the film, Bill enlists the aid of local priest Father Paul (Frank Sinatra in one of his earlier dramatic roles) and asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days. When Olga’s story becomes a national phenomenon, will the man-made miracle convince Harris to change his mind, or will it take a genuine miracle?

My Feet Are Killing Me: “Under the Mistletoes”
TLC, 10pm

Dr. Brad, Dr. Sarah and Dr. Ebonie deck the halls and hang the mistletoes in this special episode filled with holiday cheer and shocking new cases. Also, Dr. Brad and Dr. Sarah open their doors in a holiday tradition of spending a day giving back to the community.

Paranormal Declassified
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Series!

In the premiere episode of this series that explores the unexplained, host Paul Beban sets out to bring the truth about sea monsters to the surface. After exposing a U.S. Navy encounter with an unclassified creature in a Caribbean trench, Paul tracks a similar one said to be hiding in the dark depths of Vermont’s Lake Champlain.

Tuesday, Dec. 22

The Lights Before Christmas: Radiance by Rail

With the sights of a classic English landscape in the chill of winter, this BritBox original special takes viewers on an illuminated journey filled with unforgettable views, Christmas lights and festive cheer. Beginning at the Victorian-built Hampton Loade Railway station, climb aboard J.K. Rowling’s original choice for the Hogwarts Express, an eight-carriage 1940s vintage train shimmering with twinkling lights. Enjoy illuminated displays at passing stations, a magical snowfall and views of the timeless landscape of Shropshire in the heart of rural England.

General Hospital
ABC, 2pm

Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) is called to the PCPD to help a friend. Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) comforts Ava (Maura West). Finn (Michael Easton) opens up to Anna (Finola Hughes). Robert (Tristan Rogers) catches up with Jackie (Kim Delaney). Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) comes up with a new plan.

College Football
ESPN, beginning at 3:30pm Live

College football bowl season continues on ESPN with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise and the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.

“The Voice” Holiday Celebration
NBC, 8pm

An array of coaches from The Voice past and present, some music superstars, and many beloved artists from the competition series’ family perform holiday classics and popular modern favorites. Plus, Season 19 coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani share some of their favorite holiday traditions and memories.

FOX, 8pm
Series Finale!

FOX isn’t bringing back neXt for a second season, so the series will wrap up tonight with the final two episodes, “File #9” and “File #10.” LeBlanc (John Slattery) and Shea (Fernanda Andrade) devise one last dangerous ploy to destroy neXt and save their lives, their families and the world.

The Price Is Right at Night
CBS, 8pm

Drew Carey hosts this special holiday-themed primetime edition of the game show as families come on down to the iconic stage to play for festive prizes.

City Hall
PBS, 8pm

Explore the role of city government and see how Boston provides services for its citizens. Mayor Marty Walsh and his administration grapple with their policy priorities, which include racial justice, affordable housing, climate action and homelessness.

Mighty Cruise Ships: “Viking Star”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

Sailing up the west coast of Europe, Viking Star’s guests revel in the beaches of Spain, the green cliffs of England, and the vivid history of France. But to get there, the captain and his team must squeeze through narrow passages, battle through rough seas, and time arrivals and departures with tides that can prevent them from entering some ports — or strand them beside the dock, threatening the entire itinerary.

Christmas in Connecticut
TCM, 8pm
Catch a Classic!

This beloved 1945 holiday farce stars Barbara Stanwyck as single New Yorker Elizabeth Lane, who in her job as a food writer has been pretending to live the life of a perfect farmer’s wife and mother, earning the admiration of real housewives nationwide under false pretenses. But when Elizabeth’s editor (Sydney Greenstreet), who is unaware she is lying, insists that she host a Christmas dinner for returning war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan), a big fan of Elizabeth’s recipes (which she has been getting from someone else), she needs to scramble and cobble together both a farm and a “family” to pull off the dinner. Things get even more complicated when she meets Jones and it’s love at first sight.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at
7pm Live
The NBA tips off the 2020-21 regular season, which has been shortened to 72 games due to COVID-19. Opening night has Stephen Curry’s return to the court as his Golden State Warriors visit Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets. The nightcap has Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers vs. LeBron James and the champion L.A. Lakers.

A “Saturday Night Live” Christmas Special
NBC, 9pm

Santa brings the laughs as SNL goes into the time capsule for two hours of Christmas-themed sketches.

Master Distiller
Discovery Channel, 9pm

This is a special holiday showdown episode of the spirits-making competition series. The show’s new season begins next Tuesday, Dec. 29.

First Christmas
OWN, 9pm
Original Film!

Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing (Idara Victor) receives the blessing of a lifetime when she is invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew. Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought.

Let’s Make a Deal Primetime
CBS, 9pm

Let’s Make a Deal will be decked out with holiday decorations, as well as festively themed games and deals. Plus, Christopher Jackson, star of Bull on CBS, makes a special guest appearance. Wayne Brady hosts.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

The Midnight Sky
Original Film!

George Clooney directed, coproduced and stars in this postapocalyptic tale based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight. The film follows Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. David Oyelowo and Kyle Chandler also star.

Sylvie’s Love
Amazon Prime Video
Original Film!

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha play a couple who reconnect years after a summer romance and discover their feelings have not changed.

General Hospital
ABC, 2pm

Carly (Laura Wright) hides her concern. Michael (Chad Duell) takes Lucas (Matt Trudeau) by surprise. Molly (Haley Pullos) and T.J. (Tajh Bellow) spend Christmas Eve at Jordan (Briana Henry) and Curtis’ (Donnell Turner). Portia (Brook Kerr) gives Curtis advice. Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) berates Brando (Johnny Wactor).

College Football
ESPN, beginning at 3:30pm Live

ESPN airs a pair of college football bowl games with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Montgomery Bowl at Alabama’s Cramton Bowl.

Bell, Book and Candle
TCM, 6pm
Catch a Classic!

Magic and mirth abound in this 1958 romantic comedy, which received Oscar nominations for its lovely and colorful art direction and costume design. It’s the second big-screen pairing of James Stewart and Kim Novak from that year, coming out about six months after Vertigo and featuring a much lighter tone than that classic Hitchcock psychological thriller. Here, it all seems like good fun when Greenwich Village witch Gillian “Gil” Holroyd (Novak) casts a spell on publisher Shepherd “Shep” Henderson (Stewart) in a plot to get back at his fiancée, a snooty former schoolmate. However, complications arise when Gil begins to have actual feelings for her human plaything, along with the fact that her reckless warlock brother Nicky (Jack Lemmon) is planning on exposing their witchy world by writing a book on magic with egomaniacal author Sidney Redlitch (Ernie Kovacs) for Shep’s publishing company.

Epic Yellowstone
Smithsonian Channel, beginning at 8pm

It’s a place where snow meets fiery underground forces, where waters travel from Rocky Mountain peaks to the Great Plains, and where age-old battles between predator and prey take place. This is Yellowstone, home to some of the most spectacular landscapes and wildlife in America. Join host Bill Pullman on an exploration of its colorful springs and raging waters, its glittering winters and lush summers, and its returning packs of predators and vast array of winged creatures.

A Holly Dolly Christmas
CBS, 8pm

Christmas is Dolly Parton’s favorite time of year, and the beloved entertainer is excited to share some much-needed joy and holiday cheer. Performing from an intimate, candlelit set, Dolly brings both powerful, faith-filled hymns and lighthearted holiday classics to viewers, sharing personal Christmas stories and faith-based recollections of the season, interspersed with songs from her new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.

The Mothman Sightings
Travel Channel, 8pm

A new Shock Doc documentary special looks into the mysterious Mothman.

The Great Christmas Light Fight
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!
In the season’s final two back-to-back episodes, festive families will showcase their awe-inspiring holiday displays, competing to win the $50,000 prize. We’ll be treated to megawatt synchronized light show, Santa’s workshop filled with charming animatronics, a magical interactive display reminiscent of a mini Disneyland, and much more. Then judge Carter Oosterhouse will announce the season winner of the coveted Light Fight trophy.

Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event
CBS, 9pm

CBS airs an encore of this special featuring Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performing songs of the season for viewers looking for the comfort and shared joy of music during the holidays.

Sistas: “Thinking of You”
BET, 9pm

Andi (KJ Smith) believes she is being punished for dating a married man, but Danni (Mignon) and Sabrina (Novi Brown) stand in full support of her as she attempts to make things right with Gary (Chido Nwokocha). Meanwhile, Calvin (Anthony Dalton) and Maurice (Brian Jordan Jr.) enter into an agreement.

Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller: “Pimps”
Nat Geo, 9pm

In an eye-opening journey through her home state of California, journalist Mariana van Zeller embeds with pimps, victims, undercover cops and private investigators to understand the ugly business of illicit sex in America. How do pimps recruit? How do they think? Where do they get their power? And just how far will they go to grab their share of this billion-dollar black market?

Buddy Valastro: Road to Recovery
TLC, 9pm

This two-hour special follows the dramatic events as they transpired in real time with footage captured immediately after a recent hand accident at Buddy’s home. It’s a long, emotional journey from Buddy’s multiple surgeries, to his family anxiously waiting at the hospital, to grueling physical therapy, and to his first days back at the job. As business deadlines loom, commitments for over-the-top cakes stack up, and with the holiday season around the corner, the stakes couldn’t be higher. But above all, Buddy faces the ultimate question: Can you still be the Cake Boss if you can’t make cakes?

Bigfoot: Fear in the Woods
Travel Channel, 9pm

A new Shock Doc documentary special explores reports of the famous Bigfoot.

The Crimes That Changed Us: “Patty Hearst”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

In the 1970s, leftwing radicals take heiress Patty Hearst hostage. While the FBI focuses their efforts on bank robbery charges, a murder goes unsolved. Church volunteer and mother of four Myrna Opsahl’s death gets lost in the shuffle even after Patty Hearst publishes a book naming the person who pulled the trigger. But Myrna’s son Jon will not let his beloved mother’s death go unsolved — even if he has to wait 28 years for justice. With the help of Los Angeles D.A. Michael Latin, his mother’s killers finally are sentenced for their crimes.

Thursday, Dec. 24

“Doctor Who” Christmas Specials Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 6:15am

Spend Christmas with the Doctor as BBC America presents a marathon of Doctor Who Christmas specials throughout the day and continuing Friday.

Christmas Eve With the Family
IFC, beginning at 6:45am

If you can’t spend Christmas with your own family, IFC makes you a holiday offer you can’t refuse with nearly 24 hours of classic drama and comedy related to mob families. Enjoy A Bronx Tale (1993), Goodfellas (1990; airs twice today), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974) and My Cousin Vinny (1992; airs twice today). Check the listings section for descriptions and airtimes.

Carols From King’s 2020

An annual worldwide broadcasting phenomenon that takes place at the medieval chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, Carols from King’s is a beloved British celebration of Christmas. Every year, the King’s College Chapel Choir performs a carol service that always opens with “Once in Royal David’s City” followed later on by a new, specially commissioned carol for each year.

Shadow Lines
Sundance Now
New Series!

This is the U.S. premiere of a 10-episode drama set in the 1950s in which the hottest spot of the Cold War is not Washington or Moscow, but Helsinki, where the KGB and the CIA vie for control of Finland, a small Nordic country wedged between East and West powers. Helena (Emmi Parviainen), a student freshly returned from the United States, is recruited by her godfather to join a top-secret Finnish task force in its ongoing missions: preventing the two global powerhouses meddling in the presidential election and keeping their homeland independent. But as she begins to discover the truth about her past, her personal and professional life collide. With long-kept secrets and political agendas coming to a head, the team must overcome the lies and distrust if they have any chance of succeeding. All episodes are available today.

General Hospital
ABC, 2pm

In this repeat from Sept. 16, 2020, Stella (Vernee Watson) is sympathetic; Sonny (Maurice Benard) reminisces about what might have been; Carly (Laura Wright) gives Jason (Steve Burton) an update; Michael (Chad Duell) and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) grow closer; and Brando (Johnny Wactor) has a moment with Josslyn (Eden McCoy).

“White Christmas” Takeover
SundanceTV, beginning at 2pm
Catch a Classic!
Beginning this afternoon, SundanceTV airs eight consecutive showings of the 1954 musical White Christmas. The movie takes its title, of course, from Irving Berlin’s classic song made famous by Bing Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn. Crosby also stars here, and performs a new version of the iconic tune, as he and Danny Kaye play veterans who become famous song-and-dance men after World War II. Soon, they join forces with singing sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to help save their former Army general’s Vermont inn. Along with the title song, White Christmas also features other memorable Berlin toe-tappers, including “Sisters,” “Snow” and “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep),” which was nominated for an Oscar.

College Football: New Mexico Bowl
ESPN, 3:30pm Live

ESPN has coverage of the New Mexico Bowl, which has traditionally taken place in Albuquerque but may be relocated this year due to New Mexico’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The Greatest Showman
ABC, 8pm

In the network broadcast premiere of this 2017 musical, Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” a spectacle and celebration of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.

It’s a Wonderful Life
NBC, 8pm
Catch a Classic!
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.

Yuletide Yeti: “Yeti in America”
Travel Channel, 8pm

Shocking new evidence suggests that the yeti, one of the world’s most elusive and dangerous monsters, may not only come from an otherworldly source but also resides in America.

Greek Island Odyssey Marathon
Smithsonian Channel, beginning at 9pm

Historian Bettany Hughes has embarked on an epic, personal journey. Inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey, she will sail the unpredictable Mediterranean seas, tracing Odysseus’s long journey home. Her mission: to experience what the Greek hero experienced and to uncover truths behind the myths and legends, all while enjoying the delights of ancient Greece today. Follow her 1,700-mile adventure as it takes her to over a dozen islands and 22 historic sites and puts her through two hair-raising storms and even an earthquake.

24 Hours of “A Christmas Story” Marathon
TNT, 9pm

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” All 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wanted for the holidays was a Red Ryder air rifle, but the days leading up to Christmas where he is surrounded by his less than perfect family and all sorts of setbacks make this one of the most memorable and funny holiday classics of all time.

Tidings of Terror: “Deadly Snow”
Travel Channel, 9pm

A killer avalanche leaves three friends fighting for their lives at a ski resort; an out-of-this-world dust storm swallows an entire city in an instant; and a landslide rips away massive chunks of earth from a Norwegian shoreline.

Merry Scary Christmas: “Aliens Up North”
Travel Channel, 10pm

A nighttime snowmobile ride turns terrifying when a man finds a mysterious implant in his leg; four friends witness an eerie light show; an otherworldly beast stalks a family in the Alaskan brush; and an unholy chorus echoes through the night skies.

Christmas Eve Mass
NBC, 11:30pm

Watch the Pope Francis-led mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Friday, Dec. 25

New Series!

From Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland comes this quick-witted and romantic period drama inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels. The series follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Daphne finds herself in an increasing attraction to, and battle of wits with, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), the catch of the season. Julie Andrews lends her voice to the mysterious Lady Whistledown, author of a high-society scandal sheet.

We Can Be Heroes
Original Film!

Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) wrote, directed and produced this family-oriented fantasy adventure, which is a stand-alone sequel to his 2005 film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents — and the world. Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christian Slater and Pedro Pascal lead the cast.

Queen’s Christmas Message 2020

Every year on Christmas Day, Queen Elizabeth addresses the public in a broadcast in which she shares a chronicle of the year’s major events and personal milestones.


In this Pixar animated short that accompanies the feature film Soul, also releasing today on Disney+, a young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help.

Feature Film Premiere!

Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey lend their voices to Pixar’s latest animated feature, which asks the question: What is it that makes you … YOU?

Wonder Woman 1984
Feature Film Premiere!

DC’s eagerly awaited and COVID-delayed follow-up to its 2017 blockbuster finally hits theaters and HBO Max. Jumping from World War I to the 1980s, the film pits Diana (Gal Gadot) against new foes Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). Available for one month on HBO Max starting today, at no additional cost to subscribers.

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration
ABC, 10am

Disney’s annual Christmas celebration airs Christmas morning on ABC and features heartwarming stories and amazing celebrity performances.

NBA Basketball
ABC & ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live

The NBA leaves at full Christmas Day of marquee matchups under the tree. Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat (ESPN), Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors battle Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (ABC), Kevin Durant leads the Brooklyn Nets against Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics (ABC), Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks visit LeBron James and the champion L.A. Lakers (ABC & ESPN), and Kawhi Leonard’s L.A. Clippers clash with Nikola Jokić’s Denver Nuggets (ESPN).

Aerial America Marathon
Smithsonian Channel, beginning at 12pm

Take off on a thrilling flight across America. This epic series offers rare glimpses of our nation’s most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, we capture the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people who occupy it.

College Football: Camellia Bowl
ESPN, 2:30pm Live

Christmas Day college football bowl game action features the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

Worst Cooks in America
Cooking Channel, beginning at 3pm

Nine new episodes of Worst Cooks in America air back-to-back.

“The Osbournes Want to Believe” Marathon
Travel Channel, beginning at 3pm

Enjoy several hours of the reality series in which Jack Osbourne is determined to make his parents, Ozzy and Sharon, full-fledged paranormal believers by sharing the craziest, most jaw-dropping videos of supernatural activity ever caught on camera for them to experience and critique.

NFL Football: Minnesota at New Orleans
FOX & NFL Network, 4:30pm Live

A special Christmas Day Friday edition of Thursday Night Football has the Minnesota Vikings in the Big Easy for a Week 16 clash against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Non-Traditional Christmas, Christmas Movies
IFC, beginning at 5:30pm

Some films with a holiday setting do not come to people’s minds right away as being “Christmas movies,” usually because they deal with themes and scenes quite contrary to what is normally seen in a holiday film, like violence and dark situations. You can see two such films tonight. First, there is Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games (2000), an action crime thriller in which ex-cons rob a casino dressed as Santa Claus. Then, there are back-to-back showings of Gremlins (1984), Joe Dante’s darkly comic horror film about an idyllic small town whose Christmas is ruined by an onslaught of mischievous little monsters.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
NBC, 8pm

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.

Holidays With the Hepburns
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

While legendary actresses Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn were not related, they certainly did share a charisma and acting talent that established them as towering and enduring figures in Hollywood history. You can watch both of them doing what they did best in tonight’s six-film lineup featuring three titles for each woman. The evening begins with Audrey’s Best Actress Oscar-nominated performance as the title character in Billy Wilder’s romantic comedy Sabrina (1954). You can also enjoy watching Audrey in the beloved musical My Fair Lady (1964), and in the romantic comedy Two for the Road (1967). As for Katharine, tonight you can see her in her Best Actress Oscar-nominated role in John Huston’s 1951 classic The African Queen; in the 1938 romantic comedy Holiday, helmed by her frequent director George Cukor; and in her Best Actress Oscar-winning role in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), alongside her longtime partner and fellow screen legend Spencer Tracy.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
NBC, 8:30pm

Jim Carrey plays Dr. Seuss’ titular meanie in this 2000 live-action adaptation directed by Ron Howard.

Surprising Santa Claus
HGTV, 9pm

Lara Spencer, known to television fans as a regular contributor on Good Morning America and host of the hit series Flea Market Flip, will work with a team of designers, contractors and volunteers to give the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, the biggest Christmas present it has ever received. It will be a race against the clock as the team tackles two surprise home renovations and a special bonus for the town square that will spread holiday cheer to the whole community.

“Call the Midwife” Holiday Special
PBS, 9pm

It is December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations with all the trimmings, but nothing goes quite to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift. Meanwhile, a surprise reunion for Shelagh involves her in a deeply moving birth, and the circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane!

Paranormal Caught on Camera: “OMG Caught on Camera”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Two friends emerge unharmed after a car plows into a restaurant; skydivers miraculously survive after their planes collide; a Utah man stares death in the face as he’s stalked by an angry cougar; and more.

Saturday, Dec. 26

Air & Space Stunt Marathon
Smithsonian Channel
All-day Marathon
You’re in for a menu of air and space themed programming featuring hit titles such as Mighty Planes, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Space Disasters, Ice Airport Alaska, Air Disasters and more.

“Doctor Who” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 6am

Travel through time and space with BBC America’s year-end Doctor Who marathon, with Saturday and Sunday episodes featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor. The marathon continues with Peter Capaldi on Monday, David Tennant on Tuesday, the best of the Daleks on Wednesday, the best of Timey Wimey on Thursday and Jodie Whittaker on New Year’s Day.

College Football
ESPN & ABC, beginning at 12pm Live

A full day of college football postseason games features the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl (ABC), the Cure Bowl (ESPN), the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (ABC), the Lending Tree Bowl (ESPN), the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl (ESPN) and the Guaranteed Rate Bowl (ESPN).

Christmas Leftovers
IFC, beginning at 1:30pm

Not ready to say goodbye to Christmas yet? Spend the day after watching nearly 12 hours of holiday movies on IFC. Things start with the 1945 Barbara Stanwyck classic Christmas in Connecticut, and continue with A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007), A Christmas Story 2 (2012) and Jack Frost (1998; back-to-back showings).

Memorable Goodbyes
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

It’s never easy saying goodbye, even for movie characters, but it can be memorable. Tonight’s double-feature features two films that close with iconic tear-jerking moments when their lovers had to separate. The night begins with what is probably Hollywood’s most enduring and quotable farewell scene, when Best Actor Oscar nominee Humphrey Bogart’s Rick assures Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa that they’ll “always have Paris” as he reluctantly, but for the greater good, sends her out of his life at the airport in the Best Picture Oscar-winning Casablanca (1942). After that, Best Actress Oscar nominee Barbra Streisand’s Katie and Robert Redford’s Hubbell happen to run into each other again later in life after they shared many early years — including a former marriage and a child — together. As they catch each other up on their new lives and loves, they wistfully, but realistically, realize that they are no longer the way they were in The Way We Were (1973).

You Live in What? International: “Things Aren’t What They Seem”
HGTV, 9pm

Architect George Clarke proves space is limitless as he visits a hidden home behind a block of boards, a scoreboard where sports fans can live and a family’s backyard transformed into a yearlong vacation space.

History’s Greatest Mysteries: “Roswell: First Witness — The Writer”
History, 9pm
The exploration of the latest theories about the 1947 crash of an unidentifiable object in Roswell, New Mexico, comes to a conclusion. The diary of the man first on the scene of the crash may reveal important information — if it can be decoded.

Kentucky Murder Mystery: The Trials of Anthony Gray
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

This two-hour special delves into the case of Anthony Gray, a man accused of killing his parents in 2007. After an extensive trial featuring a tearful confession on camera, Anthony was sentenced to 45 years and remains incarcerated to this day. But looks can be deceiving, and this might not be an open-and-shut case. In a trial of errors, Anthony’s confession eventually gets thrown out. If Anthony didn’t kill his parents, the lingering question is who did? This special reveals a dark tale of family drama, gun-running, stolen safes — and the possibility that the real killer sat in the same living room where James and Vivian were killed.

Most Terrifying With Jason Hawes: “Blackbeard’s Vengeance”
Travel Channel, 9pm

Jason Hawes unearths America’s scariest haunts, including an island stalked by the spirit of a notorious pirate, a restaurant quaking with ghostly activity and an orphanage where a monstrous headmistress tortures innocent souls from beyond the grave.