Christmas cartoons, CW and CBS.
As soon as
Thanksgiving vanishes, the networks obsess on Christmas.
CW fills its
primetime with “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (8 p.m.),
“Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special” (9) and -- from the dandy movies
and TV series -- “Merry Madagascar” at 9:30. CBS counters with
“Frosty the Snowman” (so-so story, fine use of music) at 9 and
“Yes, Virginia” at 9:30.
II: “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
This sounds exotic –
Chenoweth performing in her home town of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one
envisions a little bandstand on the prairie. Actually, Broken Arrow
is a city of 100,000 people, among the million (almost) in the Tulsa
area; Chenoweth is in a lush, 1,500-seat theater built in 2009 and
named after her.
She brings a great
talent. Tiny (4-foot-11) and big-voiced, Chenoweth has gone from
gospel to opera to Broadway. She won a Tony for “You're a Good Man,
Charlie Brown,” was nominated for “Wicked” and has had a total
of four Emmy nominations for “Pushing Daisy” (winning once) and
ALTERNATIVE: “Big Cat Week,” all night, NatGeo Wild.
This is what the
National Geographic people do best – solidly made wilderness
documentaries. Now their “Wild” channel has those films until 3
a.m. daily; they start at 7 p.m. today, noon Saturday and Sunday, 7
p.m. Monday, 6 p.m. Tuesday, 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and noon
There are plenty of
reruns, starting tonight with “Lion Army” at 7 p.m. and “Game
of Lions” at 8. Most nights have a new hour at 9 p.m., rerunning at
midnight. Tonight, that's the fairly interesting “Man v. Lion,”
with Boone Smith and a cameraman inside an acrylic box, surrounded by
Funniest Home Videos,” 8 p.m., ABC. Here's a transplanted
collection of Christmas moments. That includes one boy weeping
because Santa ate his cookies and another suspecting there was a
mistake, because Santa put him on the “good” list.
p.m., Disney. This show links with “Liv & Maddie,” when
Jessie (Debby Ryan) and the Ross kids plan a Christmas vacation in
“Grimm” 9 p.m.,
NBC. The latest attack on Monroe and Rosalee shows Nick the
importance of getting back his Grimm powers; meanwhile, he and Hank
probe the site of an awful ritual.
10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun of a Thanksgiving episode from last season,
McGarrett's aunt (Carol Burnett) arrives for the holiday, bearing a
debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m., Investigation Discovery. To get us in the
mood, ID starts a 15-hour “Deadly Women” marathon at 6 a.m.,
follows with “Wives with Knives” at 9 p.m. and then has Roseanne
Barr debut two oddly entertaining true stories. First is the familiar
one (turned into a cable movie) about the Texas mom who hired a hit
man to boost her daughter's cheerleading chances. Then is a mom
convicted of embezzling a fortune, to get treatments in hopes of
having a third child.
Messiah Complex,” 10 p.m., Epix. With his usual mix of audacity and
self-mocking, Brand discovers things he has in common with his
heroes – Jesus, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Che Guevera. He recounts a
Gandhi misdeed ... and some hilariously awful moves of his own.