All night, NBC.
Things start at 8
p.m. with “How the Grinch Saved Christmas,” one of the true
greats. That's followed at 8:30 by “How Murray Saved Christmas,”
which is one of the best recent cartoons ... or was, at least, in its
original form. Originally an hour, rippling with clever songs, it's
been trimmed in half.
Then you might stay
at 9 p.m. for a rerun of “Christmas of Many Colors,” the second
movie based on Dolly Parton's childhood. Or switch around; this is a
II: “A Home For the Holidays,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Each year, this
special offers a passionate mix of music and stories about adoption.
This time, the music is from Miranda Lambert, Alessia Cara and
Rachel Platten; the stories tell of lives changed.
Some tell of
adopting one child, some involve more. A husband and wife heard of
four siblings being bounced between seven foster homes. They took all
of them in ... and found they were taking food out of the cupboard
and hiding it in their closet, because their previous homes sometimes
didn't feed them.
ALTERNATIVE: “Shakespeare Live,” 9 p.m., PBS.
Midway through this
special, the world's classiest comedy troupe performs a brilliant
sketch. It includes Sir Ian McKellan, Dame Judi Dench, sirs-to-be
David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch and more ... including Prince
Charles. In hilarious moments, they debate Hamlet's most famous
That's the peak of a
show that was performed April 23, the 400th anniversary of
Shakespeare's death. Some characters – from Juliet early in the
show to Falstaff near the end – seem overdone. But most scenes are
superb, alongside dancing and gorgeous music from Rufus Wainwright,
the Shires and more.
“Santa Claus Is
Comin' to Town,” 4:30 p.m., Freeform. We're now in the 23rd
day of this channel's “25 Days of Christmas” and kids are getting
antsy. They might settle in for this cartoon and “The Year Without
a Santa Claus” at 5:45. That's followed by Jim Carrey's “A
Christmas Carol” (2009) at 6:45.
“Terry Crews Saves
Christmas,” 8 and 9 p.m., CW. Wrapping up a four-night, five-hour
event, Crews brings a chef and a designer to families struggling with
the holiday. One has dated decor and inedible food; another has
newlyweds who agree on everything except party-planning.
Hot Holidays,” 8 p.m., Fox. Crews is also in this rerun, as part of
a big, busy special. Taraji Henson includes two of her “Empire”
colleagues (Jussie Smollett and Taye Diggs), plus Pharrell Willians,
Alicia Keys, Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo, Andra Day, Snoop Dogg, Missy
Elliott and more.
8:30 p.m., Disney. Making a tour of Disney-owned channels, this
lovely cartoon classic has already been on ABC and Freeform; now it's
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. This reruns the episode that launched fresh plot twists:
There's an opening at the clinic and the adminstrator thinks Ken's
wife would be ideal.
9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the team must quickly find a Russian spy who
has a flashdrive with vital information. Also, McGarrett learns why
Catherine left ... but Chin and others still don't know what
Inspector Abby Dunn (Julie Benz) is up to.
10 p.m., CBS. Fearing retaliation, a key witness has disappeared. Now
Erin and her investigator (Steve Schirripa of “The Sopranos”)
scramble to find him. Also in this rerun, her brother Danny looks
into a suspicious convenience-store robbery.