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Hol­i­day TV: Singing with Dolly and more of the clas­sics


Yes, anx­ious view­ers, there will be a net­work-tele­vi­sion air­ing of A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas this year. Also, the 56-year-old

Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer. And for all you wild and crazy young­sters out there,

Grandma Got Run Over by a Rein­deer will be bar­relling your way, its un­fath­omable charms still a mys­tery after 20 years.

While it is true that all of us des­per­ately need to get out of the house, most of us still want (need?) to take refuge in the hol­i­day-TV bubble. And bless their pointy lit­tle heads if the TV elves aren’t do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to keep us swad­dled in tin­sel, twin­kle lights and nostal­gia un­til the cal­en­dar flips mer­ci­fully to 2021.

Here is a look at a some of the TV shows com­ing your way this hol­i­day sea­son:

Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas on the Square

Given the de­light­ful news that the promis­ing COVID-19 ex­per­i­men­tal vac­cine from Moderna was funded in part by a $1 mil­lion do­na­tion from Dolly Par­ton, I would love to say that Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas on the Square is the TV cure for your shut­down ills. Sadly, it is not.

In­stead, this new mu­si­cal is more of a placebo-ef­fect propo­si­tion. Given its im­pres­sive list of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents (co-stars Dolly Par­ton and Chris­tine Baran­ski, di­rec­tor/chore­og­ra­pher Deb­bie Allen) and bright Net­flix stamp of ap­proval,

Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas on the Square seems like some­thing that should make you feel bet­ter, so you might con­vince your­self that it has. But that doesn’t mean it ac­tu­ally works.

Baran­ski stars as Regina Fuller, a cold-hearted busi­ness­woman who re­turns to her small home­town for the Scrooge-like pur­pose of sell­ing the whole adorable place to a mall de­vel­oper.

Do all of the nice towns­peo­ple have to va­cate Main Street by Christ­mas? They do. Will they sing a bunch of wordy, not-atall-mem­o­rable songs first? They will. Are there It’s a Won­der­ful Life ref­er­ences? Dogs in sweaters? Philo­soph­i­cal mus­ings from a lit­tle girl who is wise be­yond her years?

Yes, yes and — heavy sigh — yes.

(Stream­ing now on Net­flix.)

CLAS­SICS: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas: Dec. 25 at 8 p.m., NBC. Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer: Dec. 1 at 8 p.m, CBS. Ra­dio City Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar: Dec. 2 at 10 p.m., NBC. A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas: Stream­ing for Ap­ple TV+ sub­scribers be­gin­ning Dec. 4 and free for non­sub­scribers Dec. 11-13. It’s a Won­der­ful Life: Dec. 24 at 8 p.m., NBC.

FOOD: Hol­i­day Bak­ing Cham­pi­onship: Mon­days at 9 p.m., the Food Net­work. Christ­mas Cookie Chal­lenge: Mon­days at 10 p.m., the Food Net­work. Sugar Rush Christ­mas: Stream­ing on Net­flix be­gin­ning now. The Great Bri­tish Bak­ing Show: Hol­i­days: Stream­ing on Net­flix be­gin­ning Dec. 4.

ORIG­I­NAL MOVIES: There are more than 60 new hol­i­day movies in cir­cu­la­tion on the Hall­mark, Hall­mark Movies and Mys­ter­ies, OWN and Lifetime cable chan­nels, as well as on Net­flix, Dis­ney+ and other stream­ing out­lets. Check your holly-jolly on-screen guide for in­for­ma­tion.

 ??  ?? Dolly Par­ton stars in Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas on the Square.
Dolly Par­ton stars in Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas on the Square.

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