Holiday presence on TV this week


Specials were placed on the schedule with care, in hopes that the Nielsen families were there. Here’s what caught my eye on television this week:

Sunday: “The Sound of Music: Sing-a-Long” 6 p.m., ABC: The couch is alive with … you know.

“Miss Universe Pageant” 7 p.m., Fox: The female Bleem from the planet Zygon-7 will probably win the talent portion with her juggling, but it’s kind of cheating since she uses all 14 tentacles.

“Undercover Boss” 7:30 p.m., CBS: Season 7 begins.

Monday: “A Saturday Night Live Christmas” 8 p.m., NBC: I don’t care what your momma says, Christmas time is near.

“Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets” 8 p.m., PBS: That’s right — the “Sesame Street” Muppets, not their crass counterparts from ABC.

“Christmas at Belmont” 9 p.m., PBS: Kathy Mattea performs holiday classics with Belmont School of Music student musicians, faculty and a children’s choir.

Tuesday: “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” 7 p.m., AMC: Whoopi Goldberg and Uma Thurman are among the celebrity guests in this musical tale of lost letters to Santa.

Wednesday: “I Love Lucy Christmas” 7 p.m., CBS: Enjoy colorized versions of two episodes featuring Christmas and Vitameatavegamin.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 7 p.m., NBC: “Knock knock … (who’s there?) … You are correct, sir!”

“How Murray Saved Christmas” 7:30 p.m., NBC: Maybe he tackled the Grinch.

Thursday: “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown” 7 p.m., ABC: Kristen Bell and guests celebrate the animated holiday classic.

“A Christmas Story” 7 p.m., TBS: You’d think by the 10th showing of this annual marathon, Ralph would learn to actually say “fudge.”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 8 p.m., ABC: The Peanuts gang celebrates the season.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m., NBC: Say what you will, the Pottersville strip joint has some festive holiday decorations.

Friday: “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” 10 a.m., ABC: Ariana Grande, Seal and others perform.

“CMA Country Christmas” 7 p.m., ABC: Jennifer Nettles hosts, Martina McBride, Pentatonix and others perform.

“The Andy Griffith Christmas Special” 7 p.m., CBS: Lucy’s not the only one who gets the colorizing treatment.

“Doctor Who” 8 p.m., BBC America: River Song returns in this year’s Christmas outing.

“Call the Midwife Holiday Special” 8 p.m., PBS: Poplar prepares for Christmas 1960.

Saturday: “The Sound of Music Live!” 7 p.m., NBC: This Carrie Underwood vehicle is not as much fun to hate-watch as the “Peter Pan” disaster, but it’ll do.


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