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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"Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays" (10 p.m., NBC): Michael Buble hosts Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, Elmo and Carly Rae Jepsen. 

DEC. 11

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (8 p.m., ABC): Classic 1970 Rankin-Bass cartoon narrated by Fred Astaire tells the story of Kris Kringle (voiced by Mickey Rooney) and the Burgermeister. 

DEC. 14

"Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story" (9:30 p.m., CBS): Scout elf Chippey tries to teach a boy the magic of Christmas. 

DEC. 15

"Little Drummer Boy" (8 a.m., ABC Family Channel): A boy too poor to buy a present for baby Jesus plays a special song instead.

 "Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey" (9 a.m., ABC Family Channel): Nestor carries Mary to Bethlehem.

"Pinocchio's Christmas" (9:30 a.m., ABC Family Channel): A boy puppet is conned out of money for Geppetto's gift.

"Baby's First Christmas" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel): Rival lawyers must mend fences for a family.

DEC. 17

"Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" (8 p.m., Fox): From the "How to Train Your Dragon" franchise, a special about finding out why the dragons have suddenly flown off for the holiday.

"Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (8:30 p.m., Fox): Peaches wanders off, and Sid wrecks Santa's factory.

DEC. 20

"Secret Santa" (1 p.m., ABC Family Channel): Jennie Garth plays a reporter who must expose her town's Secret Santa.

"I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (8 p.m., ABC): Linus' brother ReRun wants a holiday dog.

"CMA Country Christmas" (9 p.m., ABC): Performers include Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and John Legend.

DEC. 22

"A Beautiful Soul" (8 p.m., TV ONE): Gospel music star Deitrick Haddon plays an R&B superstar on a tragic spiritual journey at the holidays.

"A Chipmunk Christmas" 8:30 p.m., ABC): Alvin gives away his harmonica before a big concert.

DEC. 24

"A Christmas Story" (midnight, Turner Classic Movies): Replays on the channel for most of the next 24 hours. Jean Shepherd's enduring tale of Ralphie and the Red Ryder BB gun.

DEC. 25

"Secret World of Arrietty" (8 p.m., ATARZ): Arrietty of the "Borrowers" is captured.

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (8:30 p.m., ABC): Live-action version of the classic story with Jim Carrey as the Grinch.

DEC. 27

"Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (8 p.m., ABC): Charlie Brown blunders into the new year.

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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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