Christ­mas clas­sics dom­i­nate tele­vi­sion

Go-to Guy

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS - Dale Roe

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.

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An arc­tic herd is busy dec­o­rat­ing for the hol­i­day sea­son in “Ice Age: a Mam­moth Christ­mas,” Mon­day on Fox.

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