Here, out of order, is the TV column for Wednesday, Dec. 25. If you scroll down from there, you'll find the Friday and Thursday ones; in retrospect, chronological would be better.
TODAY’S MUST-SEE: “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” 10
a.m. to noon, ABC.
If you’re in a cheery, Christmas-morning mood, this will
keep that going. It leaps between parades (at Disneyland and Disney World) and
songs taped at the parks.
That includes two “American Idol” champions, Jordin Sparks
(in a duet with Jason Derulo) and Candice Glover. Also performing are Demi
Lovato, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige and actress-singer Dove Cameron, plus groups (Il
Volo and The Wanted) and the cast of “Teen Beach Movie.”
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Trophy Wife,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
On Christmas morning, things are missing – the presents,
someone’s eyebrows and any memory of what happened. Also, Pete shredded his work
papers and (maybe) quit his job. And there’s a wolf in the house.
Clearly, alcohol was involved, but no one remembers drinking
much. There are logical (and funny) explanations; along with other shows –
comedies on ABC, dramas on CBS, movies on cable – this reminds us that there are
plenty of shows today that avoid Christmas themes.
TODAY’S ALTERNATIVE: Cartoons, everywhere.
OK, many kids still need to be entertained. Fortunately, two
broadcast networks have competing specials from 8-9 p.m. Fox has the characters
from “Ice Age” and “How to Tame Your Dragon”; the CW has the ones from “Kung Fu
Panda” and “Madagascar.”
Meanwhile, three of those movies run today on FX; starting and
ending with “Megamind” (2010), the channel has animated movies every two hours,
from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. There’s much more on cable; that starts early, with
Christmas cartoons from 7-9:30 a.m. on ABC Family.
Other choices include:
Oscar-winners, cable. Here are two contrasting movies that
share one thing: Each won the Academy Award for best picture. “Forrest Gump” (“1994),
an offbeat fable about a simple chap who
keeps colliding with history, is 5:30 and 9 p.m. on Spike; “Crash” (2004), with
entwining looks at race relations, is 7 p.m. on Showtime.
More movies, cable. For sheer fun, go with “Oz the Great and
Powerful” (2013) at 6:45 p.m. on Starz … or “Young Frankenstein” (1974) at 7:45
p.m. on Sundance … or “Bridesmaids” (2011) at 8 p.m. on USA.
“Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale” and
“Michael Buble’s 3rd annual Christmas Special,” 8 and 9 p.m., NBC.
Two specials get a second run. Buble included music from Mariah Carey and Mary
J. Blige. Clarkson surrounded her concert with a “Christmas Carol” type of
story and lots of guest stars.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a fairly funny rerun, the kids
have holiday woes: Axl negotiates family time, Brick’s sales scheme collapses
and Sue is allergic to the tree.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. In the rerun of a funny
episode from more than a year ago, Haley’s been arrested for underage drinking.
“Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS. The
Friday dramas add reruns here. First, McGarrett and Catherine meet a boy whose
missing father may be in danger in backwoods Oahu. Then Jamie (Will Estes)
deals with the emotions of shooting someone; Annabella Sciorra plays the police
psychologist who studies him.