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Happy New Year, Char­lie Brown / 8:00pm (7) Good grief! Who as­signs el­e­men­tary-school chil­dren “War and Peace”? Char­lie Brown’s teacher, that’s who. He has to read it over the Christ­mas break and write a re­port, but hol­i­day dis­trac­tions keep get­ting in the way. He ends up leav­ing a New Year’s party and sit­ting out­side to read, but that doesn’t end well. Chad Allen (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) pro­vides the voice of Char­lie Brown in this 1986 “Peanuts” spe­cial.

Ru­dolph’s Shiny New Year / 9:00pm (7) While it’s not up to par with the all-time hol­i­day-sea­son clas­sic “Ru­dolph the RedNosed Rein­deer,” this an­i­mated spe­cial still is a lot of fun. Red Skel­ton, Frank Gor­shin and Morey Am­s­ter­dam pro­vide voices for the story of the red-nosed deer, with the help of a whale and a cave­man, set­ting off across time to find Happy — the miss­ing New Year baby. The mis­sion is fairly ur­gent: If Happy stays lost, it will be Dec. 31 for­ever.

Lu­cifer / 9:01pm (5) Two young peo­ple who moved to Los An­ge­les are found dead due to poi­son­ing, prompt­ing Lu­cifer and Chloe (Tom El­lis, Lau­ren Ger­man) to hunt for who­ever is re­spon­si­ble, in “Lady Parts.” Maze (Les­ley-Ann Brandt) asks Chloe out for drinks — which Chloe ini­tially doesn’t re­al­ize is the re­sult of a bet made with Lu­cifer, who’s in for a sur­prise when that is dis­cov­ered. DB Wood­side, Tri­cia Helfer and Aimee Gar­cia also star.

Tim­ber Creek Lodge / 10:00pm (Bravo) At Louise’s in­sis­tence, Mark and Jenna face stern reper­cus­sions from Jamie, the new lodge man­ager, for their vi­o­la­tion of sev­eral lodge rules in the new episode “Rest­ing Chef Face.” Later, the staff is sorely tested by sev­eral last-minute de­mands from the Nubry Blog­gers, a group of Los An­ge­les fash­ion­istas. Ag­gra­vat­ing the tense sit­u­a­tion even more, Nikita stub­bornly re­fuses to be a team player, re­sult­ing in a blow-up with Louise over a dis­crep­ancy with tips.

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