“Frozen” (2013), 8-10:04 p.m., ABC.
December is a time
for families to snuggle up and watch shows together. Here a gem that
is ideal. It started with a Hans Christian Andersen tale, then added
all the Disney touches -- gorgeous artwork, a funny snowman and great
songs handled by gifted singers.
Idina Menzel and
Kristen Bell star, joined by Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Santino
Fontana and more. The film won Academy Awards for best animated
feature and for the powerhouse ballad, “Let It Go.”
II: “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!” 8-9 p.m.,
We're not too crazy
about the title, with its exclamation mark and it's “Living Color.”
(Is there a “dead color,” a “zombie color,” a ...) Still,
this is part of a great trend: By adding color by computer, CBS has
introduced new generations to some great comedy.
“I Love Lucy”
was first; now here are two favorite episodes of the Van Dyke show.
The first has a flashback, with Rob and Laura (Mary Tyler Moore)
recalling their son's birth. The second has hilarious moments, when
Laura tells the world that Rob's boss (Carl Reiner, the show's
creator) has a toupee.
ALTERNATIVE: “Critics Choice Awards,” 8-11 p.m., A&E.
Each year, award
shows seem to keep nudging earlier. Now this one jumps to the front
of the line, running five weeks earlier than it did last year ... and
before some of the films have reached theaters.
recognize “Sully,” “Arrival” or “Hacksaw Ridge”; other
best-picture nominees are “Fences,” “La La Land,” “Lion,”
“Loving,” “Moonlight,” “Hell or High Water” and
“Manchester by the Sea.” TV has familiar titles (“Game of
Thrones,” etc.), plus newcomers for best comedy (“Atlanta,”
“Fleabag”) and drama (“This is Us,” “Westworld,” “The
Crown,” “Stranger Things”).
ALTERNATIVE II: “Great Performances,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local
Here is amazing TV –
perfectly filmed and acted and (we're told) quite well-written.
Still, that doesn't mean it's for everyone. It's Shakespeare's “Henry
VI, Part I,” starting a three-Sunday “Hollow Crown” series.
Those of us not steeped in old-England history and verbiage will have
to scramble to keep up.
Let it wash over
you, without worrying about details. Director Dominic Cooke has made
this violent tale poundingly cinematic and has a stunning cast. Hugh
Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) is especially terrific, as a
good-hearted man who loves both his scheming wife and his
“Ho Ho Holiday
Special,” 7 p.m., Nickelodeon. Here's a rerun of last year's
special, which found a way to lump most of the channel's stars into
one hour. Invited to a big party, they find that it's a trap set by a
madman (voiced by Diedrich Bader). Now they must figue out how to
8 p.m., Fox. Spending Christmas with the Simpsons, Krusty tries to
impress his daughter. Meanwhile, little Maggie is haunted by a creepy
Lies,” 8 p.m., Fox News. This views the oft-overlooked blacks in
the Revolutionary War.
“Son of Zorn,”
8:30, Fox. The handy thing about being the child of a mixed marriage
is you might get more gifts. Alan's mom has Christmas; his dad has
Grafelnik, the Zephyrian holiday of revenge.
9 p.m., CBS. Elizabeth rushes to prevent a war between Israel and
Iran. Also, her daughter hopes the president's chief of staff will
recommend her for Harvard Law School.
“Love You Like
Christmas,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. A piano
teacher (Lindy Booth) learns her student's father is trying to buy
the school. That's one of three new Christmas films. Also at 9, Ion's
“A Husband For Christmas” has a marriage of convenience. At 8,
Hallmark's “Love You Like Christmas” sees car trouble dump a busy
executive (Bonnie Somerville) in Christmas Valley.
p.m., CBS. Shinwell has been framed for a gang-related killing.
Holmes and Watson have three days to clear him, before he's sent back