TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 8
OK, now the season really starts. Primetime tonight brings
five Christmas cartoons, nine Christmas movies, and a combined Christmas
episode … but nothing that can match this 1966 gem.
A great Dr. Seuss story was co-directed by Chuck Jones, the
genius behind many Bugs Bunny and Road Runner cartoons. Everything clicked, including Boris Karloff’s
narration and Thurl Ravenscroft’s song.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Great Performances,” 9-11 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
To most of the world, Barbra Streisand’s 1967 Central Park
concert was a spectacular success. But Streisand, the perfectionist, said she
missed some lyrics … and didn’t do another live show for 26 years.
She needn’t had worried. This tape of a live concert in her
home town of Brooklyn shows that Streisand is still the master at 71. She
gently caresses the words one moment, passionately belts them the next.
All the classics are there – “People,” “Evergreen,” “The Way
We Were,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” – plus surprises and guest spots by Il
Volo, trumpeter Chris Botti and (with a gorgeous film he directed and sang in)
her son Jason Gould. Despite contrived dialog and needy applause lines, this is
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Garth Brooks: Live From Las Vegas,”
9-11 p.m., CBS.
Garth Brooks was at the top – certified as the
highest-selling American solo act ever – when he retired in 2001 to focus on
raising his three daughters. He came back eight years later, for a Vegas show.
Now here’s a tape of its final performance. Brooks, 51,
talks about his influences – from George Jones and Merle Haggard to James
Taylor and Bob Seger – and offers a musical journey through his life.
Other choices include:
“A Golden Christmas 3” (2012) and “My Santa,” 7 and 9 p.m.,
Ion. This network is now part of the Christmas-movie overload. Tonight, it
reruns last year’s film about romance and golden retrievers, then debuts one
about a department store Santa who happens to be the real one’s son.
More cartoons, 8-9 p.m. Two sister channels compete with
each other; CBS has “Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas” and “The Elf on the
Shelf,” while CW airs the hour-long “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
Meanwhile, ABC follows the great “Grinch” with the OK “Shrek the Halls.”
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. This rerun has Booth and Brennan going
undercover on a dance show.
“Good Luck Jessie: New York Christmas,” 8-9 p.m., Disney.
Two comedies link tonight. Scouting colleges in New York City, the “Good Luck
Charlie” teens meet Jessie Prescott of “Jessie.”
“Raising Hope,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox. The first episode has
a new owner take over the store, demanding new ideas. The second has Sabrina
taking steps to adopt Hope.
“Grimm,” 9 p.m., NBC. A rash of vigilantism may be linked to
an old Spanish myth. Meanwhile, Juliette learns more about Nick’s mom and Adalind
gets a jolt during her ultrasound exam.
“Dracula,” 10 p.m., NBC. The good news: This show finally
overcomes its biggest flaw – the coldly distant façade of Grayson (Dracula’s
alternate identity); one is only in a dream scene, but the other is during a
richly passionate dance. The bad: TV’s obsession with torture hits a brutal low