“Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox.
For one quirky
moment last season, “Glee” turned back its own clock. It
pretended this episode had been filmed (and shelved) in 2012; that
let kids be back in school, with old relationships restored.
In Ohio, teens
compete in tree-trimming and for Christmas-pageant roles; in New
York, a “Sexy Claus” creates chaos. Songs -- “Away in the
Manger,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Mary's Boy Child” and a
Nativity rendition of “Love Child” -- get us in the mood for the
final “Glee” season, starting Jan. 9.
II: “Now, That's Funny,” 8-9:30 p.m., CBS.
This look at TV
comedy, assembled by the Paley Center, airs it on the logical
network. Lately, only CBS has been able to turn comedy into steady
ratings hits ... and to do it in front of a live audience.
includes two terrific CBS shows (“Big Bang Theory” and “Mom,”
which has a rerun at 9:30), plus two undernoticed Fox gems (“Mindy”
and “New Girl”) and shows on ABC (“Modern Family”), NBC
(“Parks and Recreation”) and cable (“Episodes,” “Key and
ALTERNATIVE: “American Masters,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
Earlier this month,
stations nudged this terrific Bing Crosby profile around their
pledge-drive schedules. If you missed it then, you can catch this
Some people know
Crosby as the easygoing singer (with 45 No. 1 hits) and low-key actor
... or as the intense dad whose son wrote an angry, tell-all book.
There's much more, though. He was a technology buff who launched the
idea of recorded radio shows ... a sports buff who co-owned the
baseball Pirates and created pro-am golf tournaments ... and a genial
dad after he started over, in a second marriage.
Marathons, cable. At
the top of the list are “Doctor Who” (all day, BBC America) and
“The Simpsons” (8 p.m. to midnight, FXX). There's more: “The
Listener,” a solid Canadian series, is 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Ion;
“Power” -- with a drug kingpin tryingt to focus on his classy
nightclub and his tangled romance – has its entire first season,
from 3 p.m,. to 11:20 p.m.
“Saturday Night Live in the '80s,”
6-8 p.m., VH1. Mixing candor and humor, this catches “SNL” as it
went from fad to fixture. It's followed by looks at the '90s (8 p.m.)
and 2000's (10 to midnight). “Caught on Camera,” 8-9 p.m., NBC.
Here's the second of two Friday specials, with odd moments captured
by cell phones, news crews and more. Nick Cannon hosts.
“Ice Age: A
Mammoth Christmas,” 8 p.m., Fox. In an amiable animated rerun, Sid
(John Leguizamo) is convinced he's on the naughty list. He tries a
tough journey, to negotiate with Santa (Billy Gardell).
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. This reruns the episode with Ed's
girlfriend (JoelyFisher) stirring trouble. She thinks Ed, the owner,
should be the face of the company, not Mike (Tim Allen).
CBS. In a rerun, Christy wants a relationship with her dad (Kevin
Pollak). Her mom is not pleased.
10 p.m., CBS. This rerun has Tom Cavenagh as Danny's childhood
friend, now suspected of having Mob ties.