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Holiday TV 2013: When to watch holiday specials, movies, classics

SHOW PATROL

November 26, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

Tuesday. Dec. 3
7 | "Dads," Fox (Bad word shows up in holiday family game in "The Glitch That Stole Christmas.")
7:30 | "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Fox  (Amy attempts to coordinate a Christmas photo in "Christmas.")
8:30 | "The Mindy Project," Fox (Mindy throws a party in "Christmas Party Sex Trap.")
9 | "A Very Shelby Christmas," History (Shelby the swamp man delivers homegrown gifts from the swamp.)
9 | "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," ABC Family (movies; Griswolds celebrate holidays.)

Wednesday, Dec. 4
5 | "Scrooged," ABC Family (movie; Bill Murray does Dickens.)
7 | "Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland," PBS (music)
7 | "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," NBC (music, more)
8 | "Saturday Night Live Christmas," NBC (best of Christmas skits)

Thursday, Dec. 5
5 | "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC Family (Red-nosed reindeer gets a sequel.)
7 | "The Sound of Music Live!" NBC (new version of film, done live)
7 | "Il Volo Buon Natale," PBS (music)
8 | "Glee," Fox (Filmed last year, this "lost" Christmas special finally airs.)
8 | "The Muppet Christmas Carol," ABC Family (movie; Muppets do Dickens.)
8:30 | "Celtic Women: Home for Christmas," PBS (music)

Friday, Dec. 6
11 a.m. | "PAW Patrol," Nickelodeon (Paw Patrol helps Santa.)
5 p.m. | "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABC Family (Frosty's friends want to build the snowman a wife.)
7 | "Frosty the Snowman," CBS (Frosty comes to life.)
7 | "A.N.T. Farm," Disney (Grundy tries to surprise the ANTs by dressing up as Santa Claus in "silANT night.")
7:30 | "Dog With A Blog," Disney (Avery plans perfect Christmas in "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas.")
8 | "Love That Girl," TV One (Gang gets taken hostage on Christmas Eve in "Happy Hold Up Day.")

Saturday Dec. 7
6 a.m. | "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys," ABC Family (Rudolph and misfit toys save Christmas.)
noon | "Power Rangers Mega Force," Nickelodeon (In “The Robo Knight Before Christmas,” Robo Knight learns the true meaning of Christmas.)
7 p.m. | "Santa Switch," Hallmark (movie; Santa switches places with someone)
7 | "Christmas in the City," Lifetime (movie; Hunky undie model replaces store Santa.)
7 | "A Christmas Blessing," TV One (movie; widow Pamela Cleveland and divorcee Earl learn the realities of dating and single parenthood."
8 | "My Crazy Obsession: Christmas Collection 2," TLC
8 | "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," (Tim Allen vs. Martin Short)
9 | "Matthew Morrison: A Classic Christmas Live from the Bushnell," PBS (music)
9 | "Four Houses: Home for the Holidays," TLC (owners of 4 houses compete)

Sunday, Dec. 8
6 | "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas," UP TV (movie; Jaded rock star (Drew Lachey) stays with pastor's family, learns to be better person; encores at 8, 10)
6 | "Jingle Brawls," Travel (holiday special; most epic Christmas celebrations ever)
7 | "Holidaze," ABC Family (movie; Exec tries to convince hometown folks to sell land to developer.)
7:30 | "Instant Mom," Nick at Nite (Stephanie's dad visits at Christmas.)
7 | "G. Garvin's Southern Holiday," Cooking Channel
8 | "Christmas Belle," ION (movie; woman has her pick of 2 guys)
8:30 | "Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special," PBS (music)
9 | "Restaurant Impossible: Holiday Impossible 2," Food (Chef Robert Irvine and team head to the Jersey Shore to transform two locations devastated by Hurricane Sandy.)

Monday, Dec. 9
7 | "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," ABC (Kris Kringle's story)
8 | "The Great Christmas Light Fight," ABC (series premiere; competition)
8 | "The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABC Family (Santa Claus considers taking the year off.)

Tuesday, Dec. 10
5 | "A Chipmunk Christmas," ABC Family (Alvin gives his harmonica to sick kid.)
7 | "Moonshiners Christmas," Discovery
8 | "Dance Moms," Lifetime (The girls dance to holiday songs in "Twas the Fight Before Christmas.")
8 | "Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," PBS (music)
8:30 | "The Trophy Wife," ABC (Family has unconventional Christmas in "Twas the Night Before Christmas ... Or Twas It?")
9 | "A Very Amish Christmas," Discovery

Wednesday, Dec. 11
7 | "The Middle," ABC (Axl would rather spend Christmas vacation with his college friends in "The Christmas Tree.")
7:30 | "Back in the Game," ABC (The Cannon messes up Terry's Chritsmas plans in "I'll Slide Home for Christmas." )
8 | "Modern Family," ABC (Jay takes Manny to cut down Christmas tree in "The Old Man & The Tree.")
8:30 | "Super Fun Night," ABC (Richard takes Kimmie, Marika and Helen-Alice to a remote cut-your-own Christmas tree lot in "Merry Super Fun Christmas.")
9 | "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale," NBC (music)
9 | "The Art Of: Holidays," Ovation (special episode; ice sculptors from China, a musical Hanukkah themed celebration, pro Christmas tree and home decorator)
9 | "CSI," CBS ("The Lost Reindeer"; man murdered at elaborate holiday party)

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