TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Christmas in Washington,” 8 p.m., TNT.
Each year, this special offers gorgeous music in an elegant
Now Hugh Jackman, a terrific singer himself, hosts and does
a song. Other singers include Sheryl Crow, Janelle Monae, Anna Kendrick, the
Backstreet Boys and Pat Monahan of Train.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8
Two vintage episodes have been re-assembled here, with color
added by computer. One is set on Christmas Eve, with black-and-white flashbacks
of Lucy announcing her pregnancy and being taken to the hospital; the other has
her grape-stomping adventure in Europe.
The subtle color process works beautifully. As for the rest,
we’re reminded of the TV changes since 1956: The set-up scenes are surprisingly
slow and stiff; the big, sight-gag scenes, however, are perfectly done and
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Anchorman” (2004), TBS or “Anchorman
2” special, E; both 8 p.m.
Few movies have been promoted as relentlessly as “Anchorman
2.” In his Ron Bergundy character, Will Ferrell has shown up in truck
commercials, newscasts, everywhere except (oddly) “Saturday Night Live.”
Now that the movie has opened, the TV attention continues. E
reruns its special, with Giulani Rancic interviewing Ferrell, Steve Carell,
Christina Applegate and more; TBS reruns the original movie … which has its
funny moments, plus a few others – the anchorman street fight, for instance –
that strain for lame laughs.
Other choices include:
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), 8-11 p.m., NBC. In a late
decision last week, NBC yanked this film’s Saturday airing, replacing it with a
“Sound of Music” rerun. Now that clogs things up: “Wonderful Life” airs tonight
and four days later on Christmas Eve.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. Obsessed with the teamwork philosophy
of basketball coach Phil Jackson in this rerun, Brennan has her five lab people
link to solve a Sept. 11-related mystery.
“Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown,” 9 p.m., Fox.
This rerun of a 2011 special finds people struggling to break Linus’
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Chin’s life may be in danger,
when it turns out that a suspect in his case might be a serial killer. Also,
Danny and Grace find a mysterious box that washes onshore.
Movies, 9 p.m.,
cable. There are good ones tonight on TNT (“A Christmas Carol,” 1999, with
Patrick Stewart as the perfect Scrooge), ABC Family (Chevy Chase in “Christmas
Vacation,” 1989) and “Starz” (Sam Raimi’s lush “Oz the Great and Powerful,”
2013). And there’s an American debut: “Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun” follows
the group as it performs its hits in the same spot – London’s Hyde Park – where
it gave a free concert in 1969.
“Blue Bloods,” 10
p.m., CBS. Danny investigates a friend who may be tied to a Mob family. Tom
Cavanagh plays the friend, with Rebecca Budig as his wife.