December 20, 2012

Holiday TV specials

With Christmas just five days away, the season of holiday TV specials is winding down. But there are still a few favorites yet to come.

THURSDAY

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Jim Carrey stars in the live-action “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Store Christmas,” airing Christmas Day.

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"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.

SATURDAY

"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.

MONDAY

"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.

TUESDAY

"Secret World of Arrietty" (8 p.m., STARZ): 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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