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“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (7 p.m., ABC): A lanky mail­man with the voice of Fred As­taire ex­plains Santa’s origins in this an­i­mated 1970 spe­cial, which side­steps the St. Nicholas part. In this ver­sion, the fu­ture jolly old elf is a foundling adopted by the Kringles, a fam­ily of toy­mak­ers. He grows up with toys in his blood, so to speak, and feels called to give them away to the lo­cal young­sters — but mean old Burg­er­meis­ter Meis­ter­burger will have none of that.

“The Simp­sons” (7 p.m., FOX): Hi-Did­dly-Ho! This long-run­ning com­edy serves up a Flan­ders-cen­tric half-hour in the new episode “Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou For­saken Me?” As that ti­tle sug­gests, young Todd Flan­ders (voice of Nancy Cartwright) is wrestling with a cri­sis of faith af­ter blam­ing God for the death of his mother.

“Christ­mas Town” (7 p.m., Hall­mark): As the hol­i­days loom, ele­men­tary school teacher Lau­ren Gabriel (Candace Cameron Bure) de­cides it’s time to make some ma­jor life changes, leav­ing her fa­mil­iar job in Bos­ton and her re­la­tion­ship with ca­reer-ob­sessed boyfriend Eric (Ja­son Cer­mak) in fa­vor of a fresh start in a quaint but dis­tant town. Her move is com­pli­cated by travel prob­lems that briefly strand her in a charm­ing ham­let nick­named “Christ­mas­town,” where she meets a hand­some handyman (Tim Ro­zon, “Wynonna Earp”).

“You Light Up My Christ­mas” (7 p.m., 11:01 p.m., Life­time): Kim Fields (“The Facts of Life”) stars in this fact-based 2019 ro­mance as Emma Simmons, a young woman who returns home to the town where her fam­ily’s Christ­mas light factory has been a big part of the com­mu­nity’s econ­omy. This year, how­ever, Emma can’t help notic­ing the lo­cal hol­i­days feel some­what dim­mer, so she re­con­nects with Ben (Adrian Holmes), an old flame, to brighten spir­its.

“Hol­i­day Wars” (8 p.m., 11 p.m., Food): “Hal­loween Wars” host Jonathan Bennett di­ver­si­fies into Santa sea­son with this new spinoff com­pe­ti­tion in which each episode finds teams of master cake and sugar artists vy­ing in two chal­lenges to cre­ate hol­i­day dis­plays that are both fes­tive and de­li­cious. In the se­ries pre­miere, “Steal­ing the Naughty List,” Bennett wel­comes five teams and as­signs them to de­pict a heist in which young scalawags steal Santa’s “naughty list.”

“NCIS: Los An­ge­les” (8:30 p.m., CBS): Se­ries reg­u­lar Eric Chris­tian Olsen, who plays LAPD de­tec­tive Marty Deeks, co-wrote the new “Mother,” the 250th episode of this long-run­ning ac­tion drama. In the story, Callen, Sam (Chris O’Don­nell, LL Cool J) and their team be­come the tar­gets of Ahkos Laos, a for­mer black ops agent who orig­i­nally was re­cruited and trained un­der Hetty (Linda Hunt). Now he’s come back, in­tent on us­ing his lethal skills to get re­venge on Hetty for the un­happy life into which she brought him.

“The Rookie” (9 p.m., ABC): Of­fi­cer Nolan (Nathan Fil­lion) finds his trust sorely tested when he tries to help the for­mer owner of his home re­con­nect with his es­tranged fam­ily in the new episode “Break­ing Point.” Mean­while, Of­fi­cer Harper’s (Mekia Cox) long-awaited overnight visit with her daugh­ter is thrust into jeop­ardy when her past un­der­cover life be­comes an is­sue yet again. Shawn Ash­more, Harold Per­rineau and Ali Larter guest star.

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