Best bets for TV over the holidays


"The Christmas Wishing Tree"

Hallmark Channel presents all its loyal Hearties with a Christmas evening gift - the premiere airing of "When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree" on Monday, December 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

It's Christmastime in Hope Valley and the town is abuzz over the introduction of the Wishing Tree, with all the townspeople eagerly placing their wishes on its branches in the hopes they'll be granted. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) wishes for the return of her fiancé, Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). Meanwhile, town mayor Abigail (Lori Loughlin) leads the creation of Hope Valley's Christmas Parade, featuring a passionate band, led by sheriff Bill Avery (Jack Wagner).

Abigail's newly adopted son, Cody (Carter Ryan Evancic), tries to make their first Christmas together special, connecting her past with their bright future. Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and Lee (Kavan Smith), Hope Valley's most endearing married couple, will discover how important Christmas traditions and treasured memories are.

Meanwhile, Doctor Carson Shepherd (Paul Greene) exhibits faith and resilience when he tries to heal and inspire a guarded woman who has given up on the spirit of Christmas. And Hope Valley's disgraced former mayor, Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins), gets a second chance at redemption.

40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

CBS will air The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Honorees for 2017 will be actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie.

"The Kennedy Center Honors spotlights the extraordinary careers of five artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

Movie Night

"Movie Night" with Karlie Kloss, a six-part series of short-form games and interviews, will premiere Thursday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform. Taking the ultimate movie night to the next level, the supermodel, tech guru and fashion icon will invite some of her closest friends for an evening of movies, games, baking and fun, all while watching some of the most beloved movie night films, including "Dirty Dancing," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Hitch," and "Never Been Kissed," among others.

Guests will include Serena Williams, Rachel Bilson, Burkely Duffield, Fabrice Calmels, Matthew Hussey, Carter Jenkins, Victoria Justice, Peyton List, Ruby Rose, Lilly Singh, Joel Ward, Jourdan Dunn, Kaia Gerber, Ashley Graham, Martha Hunt, Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls and Amber Valletta.

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