1) “Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event,” 9 p.m., CBS. This is no longer “Live!”; it’s a rerun of Sunday’s special, with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (shown here, pre-pandemic) in their home studio. But it’s part of a fun night, following an 8 p.m. rerun of Dolly Parton’s “A Holly Dolly Christmas.” Togther, these people have had about 50 singles reach No, 1 on the Billboard country chart. Brooks sometimes surpasses Elvis Presley as the top-selling solo act in recording history; at 58, he’s still building his total.
2) Sports rush. The college football season is trying to wrap up now, with a flurry of bowl games. Today, ESPN has the New Orleans Bowl (Louisiana Tech and Georgia Southern) at 3 p.m. ET and the Montgomery Bowl (Memphis and Florida) at 7. At the same time, pro basketball is back; every team (except the four that played Tuesday) has a game, including ones at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT (Bucks-Celtics) and 10:30 p.m. on ESPN (Mavericks-Suns).
3) “The Midnight Sky,” Netflix. This is the year our macho heroes become white-bearded loners in the frozen North. First was Harrison Ford in “Call of the Wild”; now George Clooney plays a solitary soul in the Arctic He needs to find his fellow scientists and stop them from going home to a global disaster.
4) “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies; and “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996). 9 p.m. and midnight, Oprah Winfrey Network. With soaring music and some Christmas glimpses, both movies have become December favorites. “St. Louis” has Judy Garland; “Wife” isn’t a musical, but it stars Whitney Houston and incorporates gospel songs. “St. Louis” also airs at 4 p.m. ET Thursday … in front of “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), which “Preacher’s Wife” is based on.
5) “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. After a cartoon rerun (“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”) at 8 p.m., here are the final hours of this amiable competition for the glitziest home displays. The first hour includes a home with Santa’s workshop, a singing Christmas tree and, of course, a blimp. The second has a mechanic who uses recycled exhaust pipes and such.