Christmas classics dominate television
Are you a fan of the Peanuts gang or the Muppets? Rejoice — they’re all over the place. Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:
Monday: “Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury,” 7 p.m., Fox: This animated “How To Train Your Dragon” sequel has the honor of scariest title ever for a children’s holiday special.
“Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Fox: The sloth and the mastodon bust up Santa’s workshop? Okay, this whole series is beginning to stretch credulity.
“Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m., Fox: Okay, Linus ... hand it over and nobody gets hurt.
“Picture Paris,” 8 p.m., HBO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in husband Brad Hall’s festival darling, a short drama.
“1600 Penn,” 8:30 p.m., NBC: Catch an early look at the new presidential comedy.
Tuesday: “Charlie Brown Christmas,” 7 p.m., ABC: Yeah, the blockhead picked a scrawny tree. But that just makes it easier to un-decorate.
“It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie,” 7 p.m., CW: Weird cameos courtesy of Jon Stewart and Carson Daly.
“Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong,” 9 p.m., BBC America: Merry (expletive) Christmas! Now (expletive) off!
Wednesday: “A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts,” 7 p.m., CBS: This special promoting adoption features performances by Melissa Etheridge and Phillip Phillips.
“Miss Universe Pag- eant,” 7 p.m., NBC: I think Miss Jupiter has it nailed, what with the 60-plus moons.
Thursday: “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 7 p.m., ABC: Lucy and Linus have a brother named ReRun? I hope this isn’t a cross- over from “What’s Happening?”
“The X Factor,” 7 p.m., Fox: America crowns a second-season winner.
“A White House Christmas: First Families Remember,” 7 p.m., NBC: First ladies share their holiday memories with host Meredith Vieira.
“Holiday Affair,” 7 p.m., TCM: Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum star in this seasonal chestnut.
“CMA Country Christmas,” 8 p.m., ABC: Jennifer Nettles hosts, Martina McBride and others perform. Ho, ho, ho, y’all!
Friday: “Country Stars at Home,” 7 p.m., HGTV: Naomi Judd and LeAnn Rimes appear in this twangy mash-up of every other HGTV program.
“Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour,” 8 p.m., ABC: The reporter investigates the beginnings of the world’s religions.
“Fringe,” 8 p.m., Fox: Walter and the gang turn to Nina Sharp for help as the clock ticks on their chance to save the world.
Saturday: “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” 7 p.m., NBC: Jim Backus and Jack Cassidy provide voices in this definitely-from-the’60s animated special.
“A Chipmunk Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., ABC: Where’s my remote? Alvin? Alvin!
“WWE Tribute to the Troops,” 8 p.m., NBC: Kid Rock and the Muppets perform for our servicemen and women.
Sunday: “The Sound of Music,” 6 p.m., ABC: There are worse movies to get von Trapped into watching than this Julie Andrews Oscar-winner.
“The Bishop’s Wife,” 7 p.m., TCM: Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven star in this angelic holiday classic.
An arctic herd is busy decorating for the holiday season in “Ice Age: a Mammoth Christmas,” Monday on Fox.