November 25, 2012

Holiday TV Schedule

You're a good man, Charlie Brown, but with one TV critic, at least, Grinch rules.

By MARK WASHBURN / McClatchy Newspapers

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“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.

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“Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury,” from the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise, airs on Dec. 17.

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"Holiday Kitchen Takeover" (11:30 a.m., Food Network): Chef Giada de Laurentiis and interior designer Sabrina Soto surprise a family with a makeover of their dated kitchen.

 "Miracle on 34th Street" (12:30 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Macy's Santa appears to be the real thing back when the Earth was black and white.

 "Jack Frost" (6 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Michael Keaton stars as the bad dad who dies and comes back to life as a snowman.

 "Elf" (8 p.m., ABC Family Channel): An elf goes to New York to pursue his birth father.

"A Bride for Christmas" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel): A bet leads to a holiday wedding. With Arielle Kebbel, Andrew Walker and Sage Brocklebank.

DEC. 2

"The Christmas Heart" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel): Neighbors help a boy needing a heart transplant. With Teri Polo, Tess Harper and Paul Essiembre.

DEC. 3

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (8 p.m., ABC Family Channel): The Griswolds overdo it for the holidays.

DEC. 4

"Abominable Christmas" (5:30 p.m., Cartoon Network): Two Abominable Snowkids are chased out of the mountains and have to spend the holiday with the most fearsome animals of all: Humans.

"Scooby-Doo: Haunted Holidays" (6:30 p.m., Cartoon Network): Ruh-row! The Scooby gang and a sinister snowman.

"Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too" (6 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Pooh and Piglet rush to get Christopher Robin's letter to Santa.

"A Christmas Carol" (7:30 p.m., Cartoon Network): The Looney Tunes crowd performs its own version of the classic story.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 p.m., CBS): Burl Ives narrates the tale of Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys.

"The Dog Who Saved Christmas" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel): Zeus, a retired police dog who has lost his bark, is adopted by a family that is the target of burglars.

"Fred Claus" (10 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Dysfunction in the Claus family.

DEC. 5

"Home Alone" (7 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Left home alone, a boy tackles burglars.

 "Polar Express" (9 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Tom Hanks narrates the Chris Van Allsburg book.

DEC. 6

"Disney's Christmas Carol" (8 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Uncle Scrooge plays Ebenezer. 

DEC. 7

"The Santa Clause" (7 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Tim Allen stars as a divorced dad who becomes Santa.

DEC. 8

"The Borrowers" (8 p.m., ABC): Adaptation of Mary Norton's children book about the world of tiny Borrowers who live under the floorboards.

"Come Dance With Me" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel): Dancing lessons lead to romantic complications at the holidays. With Andrew McCarthy, Stephanie Mills and Michelle Nolden.

"The Flight Before Christmas" (9 p.m., CBS): Niko the aspiring reindeer saves Christmas from the wolf pack.

DEC. 9

"Help For the Holidays" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel): A bored elf heads south on a family mission. With Summer Glau, Eva La Rue, Izabela Vidovic, Mason Cook, Dan Gauthier and John Brotherton.

"Christmas at St. Olaf" (8 p.m., PBS): Holiday carols.

"Disney Prep & Landing" (8 p.m., ABC): Workplace jealousy infects an elite elf unit.

"The Mistle-Tones" (8 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Rival singing groups face off.

"Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" (8:30 p.m., ABC): A naughty kid hacks Santa's computer system.

"Christmas with Holly" (9 p.m., ABC): Based on Lisa Kleypas' novel "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor," this Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation tells the story of strangers in a small town finding spirit through one another. 

DEC. 10

"Hollywood Christmas Parade" (6 p.m., Hallmark Channel): Annual parade in Hollywood.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8 p.m., ABC): A family gets a makeover in an episode taped last December.

"The Year Without a Santa Claus" (8 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Mrs. Claus must save the day.

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The Peanuts classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.

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“Scooby-Doo: Haunted Holidays” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 on the Cartoon Network.


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