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.


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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.


"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.


"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.


"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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