This Week's TV Best Bets


This Week's TV Best Bets

Sunday, Dec. 24

"That '70s Show" Marathon

IFC, beginning at 6am

Catch a marathon of holiday-themed episodes from the popular comedy series.

White Christmas

AMC, 2:45pm

In this Oscar-nominated holiday favorite, successful song-and-dance team Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, the men discover Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), their commander in World War II, has a quaint country inn that is failing and plot a holiday extravaganza to save the day.

A Very Happy Yule Log

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 5pm

Cozy up with this traditional Yule log.

DreamWorks Trolls Holiday

NBC, 7pm

An encore airing of the special that first aired just after Thanksgiving. In this animated special, Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Zooey Deschanel reprise their voice roles from last year's feature film Trolls.

How Murray Saved Christmas

NBC, 7:30pm

Based on Mike Reiss' (The Simpsons) bestselling children's book, this is a half-hour animated holiday musical special. The story centers on a cranky deli owner, Murray Weiner (Jerry Stiller), who is forced to fill in for Santa (Kevin Michael Richardson) one Christmas and, with the help of Edison Elf (Sean Hayes), does a weirdly wonderful job. Jason Alexander, Dennis Haysbert and John Ratzenberger also provide voices.

Beauty and the Beast

ABC, 8pm

In this tale as old as time, beautiful, spirited young Belle discovers that you can't judge a book by its cover when she meets an enchanted prince trapped in the body of a fearsome beast.

It's a Wonderful Life

NBC, 8pm

James Stewart and Donna Reed star in Frank Capra's 1946 classic about a man on the brink of ending it all who gets a second chance after finding out what life would be like without him, thanks to the aid of a kindly guardian angel.

"Last Tango in Halifax" Holiday Special

PBS, 8pm

Caroline tells Gillian the truth about why she took the new job. Gillian's mounting guilt over Eddie's death drives her to make a life-changing decision. On the night of Celia's play, a twist of fate means Alan is forced to confront his fears.

24 Hours of "A Christmas Story"

TBS and TNT, beginning at 8pm

Ralphie's quest for that Red Ryder BB gun in this 1983 classic just never gets old.  

College Football: Hawaii Bowl 

ESPN, 8:30pm Live 

The University of Houston and Fresno State get to spend Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu for the 2017 Hawaii Bowl on ESPN.

Monday, Dec. 25

Christmas With the Duke

AMC, beginning at 9am

Make it a John Wayne Christmas, with back-to-back airings of the Duke's best, including Big Jake, The Shootist, Cahill U.S. Marshal, Rio Bravo, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Cowboys (45th anniversary) and El Dorado (50th anniversary).

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration

ABC, 10am

Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street, U.S.A. and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration brings together the beloved Christmas Day parade, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Musical guests include Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jason Derulo and Lea Michele.

NBA Basketball 

ESPN, ABC & TNT, beginning at 12pm Live

Christmas Day is always big for the NBA, and there are five games under the tree. Things tip off at New York City's Madison Square Garden as the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Knicks on ESPN. Action switches over to ABC with a tripleheader featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Golden State Warriors, the Washington Wizards at the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets at the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Minnesota Timberwolves are at the L.A. Lakers in the nightcap on TNT.

NFL Football 

NBC, NFL Network & ESPN, beginning at 4:20pm Live 

A Christmas Day NFL doubleheader begins with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Houston Texans on NBC and NFL Network. Then the Oakland Raiders visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field for the season finale of ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Winter Wedding

UP TV, 7pm

Original Film!

When Hallie and Lucas get engaged, they hope for a tropical beach wedding, but their dream destination is booked solid for the next year. While both parents argue over wedding plans, the couple decides to have a winter wedding at Lucas' snowy mountain lodge. But their love is tested by the stress of keeping their feuding families happy. Stars Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) and Susan Walters (The Vampire Diaries, The Young and the Restless).

When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree

Hallmark Channel, 8pm

Original Film!

A loved one returns, Christmas spirit is renewed and children's wishes are granted in this Christmas movie from Hallmark's heartwarming period drama When Calls the Heart. When Elizabeth's fiancé, Jack, comes home on a surprise leave, he brings a young Mountie desperately searching for Christmas inspiration. The people of Hope Valley work together to aid this young man with the help of an enchanted Wishing Tree. Stars Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

NBC, 8pm

Chuck Jones directed this classic animated special based on Dr. Seuss' beloved book. Boris Karloff both voices the Grinch and serves as narrator, with June Foray voicing Cindy Lou Who.

Doctor Who: "Twice Upon a Time" 

BBC America, 9pm 

This year's Doctor Who Christmas special, titled "Twice Upon a Time," is Peter Capaldi's final episode as the Doctor. Also in the cast are Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Mark Gatiss as a World War I soldier and David Bradley playing the First Doctor.

Holiday Baking Championship: "Runners-Up Redemption"

Food Network, 9pm

Judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale welcome former Baking Championship contestants for a second chance at victory. The familiar faces must tackle two rounds of tough new challenges, including desserts inspired by real letters to Santa Claus, and then they must assemble cupcakes into one big edible Christmas tree. On the line is a $10,000 prize.

"Call the Midwife" Holiday Special

PBS, 9pm

Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth, and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

Tuesday, Dec. 26

"The Godfather" Marathon

AMC, beginning at 9am

Here's an offer you can't refuse. Spend the day with the Corleone family as AMC presents a marathon of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974).

College Football 

ESPN, beginning at 1:30pm Live 

ESPN airs a trio of college football bowl games today with the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium, the Quick Lane Bowl from Ford Field in Detroit and the Cactus Bowl from Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

ABC, 8pm

The Peanuts gang is ringing in the new year, and Marcie and Peppermint Patty are throwing a big New Year's Eve bash. But Charlie Brown still has 1,131 pages of Tolstoy's War and Peace to finish before holiday break is over, even though he desperately hopes the little red-haired girl will accept his invitation to celebrate with the gang. Will Tolstoy be Charlie's only date for the party?

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

ABC, 9pm

Father Time sends Santa a message telling him that the Baby New Year, Happy, is missing -- and without Happy, it'll remain the old year forever. But once again, the weather is foggy and snowing, so Rudolph's the only reindeer for the job. And when Rudolph learns that evil Eon is also searching for Happy so that he can live forever, he enlists the help of One Million B.C., Sir 1023 and 1776, to search for the baby through the islands of the Archipelago of Last Years and ensure a Happy New Year.

The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 

CBS, 9pm

Dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, hip-hop artist LL Cool J, TV writer Norman Lear and recording artist Lionel Richie are the honorees celebrated at this ceremony held at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.

Married at First Sight: Jamie and Doug Plus One

Lifetime, 10pm

Two back-to-back episodes will air on Tuesdays beginning tonight. The series follows Jamie and Doug Hehner, who appeared on Married at First Sight three years ago. Though their relationship wasn't exactly a fairy tale, their lives will be forever changed as they welcome their new daughter, Henley Grace. The series follows their "new normal," with all the ups and downs of parenthood.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

College Football 

ESPN, beginning at 1:30pm Live 

College football's postseason festivities continue today with the Walk On's Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in the Bronx, N.Y., and the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston.

College Basketball 

ESPN2, beginning at 7pm Live 

The Eastern Michigan Eagles are at the Syracuse Orange and the UCF Knights are at the SMU Mustangs in a college basketball twin bill on ESPN2.

EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge

The CW, 8pm

This special, a joint venture between The CW, Electronic Arts Inc. and the National Football League, chronicles competitive tournament action and behind-the-scenes highlights as eight world-class players compete in the Madden NFL 18 Challenge. This tournament shows what goes on inside the intense world of competitive gaming and profiles the top players of one of the top video games of all time.

NHL Hockey: Washington at N.Y. Rangers 

NBCSN, 8pm Live 

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has a tough task tonight at New York City's Madison Square Garden as he'll try to stop Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

College Football: Foster Farms Bowl

FOX, 8:30pm Live

Fox Sports presents the Arizona Wildcats facing off against the Purdue Boilermakers in the Foster Farms Bowl from San Francisco's Levi's Stadium.

Vikings: "The Message"

History, 9pm

Lagertha is betrayed, and Bjorn must find a way to support the distraught queen. Floki and his settlers arrive in a new land, but it is far from what they expected.

NOVA: "Day the Dinosaurs Died"

PBS, 9pm

Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours and months after the impact.

Knightfall: "He Who Discovers His Own Self, Discovers God"

History, 10pm

A pagan helps Landry search his past. Gawain conducts a murder investigation. Princess Isabella is betrayed.

Thursday, Dec. 28

College Football 

ESPN, beginning at 1:30pm Live

Today's lineup of college football bowl games has the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Movie Night With Karlie Kloss

Freeform, 6:30pm

New Series!

Supermodel, tech guru and fashion icon Karlie Kloss invites her celeb friends over to watch beloved films. A few of the famous faces stopping by for a night of movies, games, baking and fun include tennis star Serena Williams, Kendall Jenner, Rachel Bilson (Nashville), ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels, Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black) and magician Joel Ward.

NHL Hockey 

NBCSN, beginning at 7:30pm Live 

An NHL doubleheader tonight on NBCSN features the Boston Bruins at the Washington Capitals, followed by the Vegas Golden Knights at the L.A. Kings.

NBA Basketball 

TNT, beginning at 8pm Live 

The Houston Rockets head to Boston to take on the Celtics, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers heading west for a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

College Football: Holiday Bowl

FS1, 9pm Live

Fox Sports presents the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl from San Diego's SDCCU Stadium. The matchup finds the No. 18 Washington State Cougars facing the Spartans from No. 16 Michigan State.

The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All

A&E, 10pm

Series Finale!

A&E's documentary series that re-examines the infamous 1989 parricide case wraps up tonight.

Friday, Dec. 29

"Chrisley Knows Best" Marathon

USA Network, beginning at 6am

Although Season 5 just ended, you can still get your Chrisley fix with this marathon of episodes from the reality series.

College Football 

CBS, CBS Sports Network & ESPN, beginning at 1pm Live

A full Friday of college football bowl games awaits with the Belk Bowl (ESPN), the Hyundai Sun Bowl (CBS), the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (ESPN), the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl (CBS Sports Network) and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (ESPN).

NHL Hockey: Nashville at Minnesota 

NBCSN, 8pm Live 

A year-end NHL clash on NBCSN has Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to take on the Minnesota Wild.

College Basketball 

ESPN2, beginning at 9pm Live 

Friday night college basketball on ESPN2 features the Kansas Jayhawks at the Texas Longhorns, followed by the Washington State Cougars at the UCLA Bruins.

American Masters: This Is Bob Hope

PBS, 9pm

American Masters takes a long and loving look at Bob Hope's storied life and career, from his early days in vaudeville to the Pepsodent-sponsored radio show that made him a household name to his heroic devotion to the USO and onward into entertainment history.

Saturday, Dec. 30

College Basketball

CBS, beginning at 12pm Live

Some of the nation's top teams are in action today as CBS presents a college hoops tripleheader with Wichita State at UConn, Florida State at Duke and Villanova at Butler.

College Football 

ESPN & ABC, beginning at 12pm Live 

Four college football bowl games are on the schedule for the year's final Saturday: the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. (ESPN); the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. (ABC); the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. (ESPN); and the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. (ESPN).

Pitch Perfect 2 

FXX, 8pm 

A humiliating mishap leads to a suspension for the Barden Bellas in this 2015 sequel to Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld star.

A Royal New Year's Eve

Hallmark Channel, 8pm

Original Film!

A struggling fashion designer meets a struggling model, and they hit it off. But when she learns he is actually a prince forced into proposing to his witchy girlfriend before ascending the throne, she helps him plan an upcoming royal ball and experience the average-guy activities he's been denied due to his royal station. But as their friendship blossoms, it'll take the power of true love to ring in the new year.

Web Cam Girls

Lifetime, 8pm

Original Film!

Although fictitious, Lifetime's latest original serves as a cautionary reminder of what not to do online. When Alex Hiles' rebellious cousin Carolyn vanishes, Alex fears the worst. Against Alex's advice, Carolyn has been "camming" lately for extra cash, and Alex suspects she broke the rules and met one of her clients. No one believes her, though, and it's up to Alex to track down and ultimately face the predator who has been kidnapping web cam girls. The film features Arianne Zucker.

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