Hol­i­day TV to help you de­stress into the new year

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Luaine Lee

With Christ­mas land­ing and the new year trav­el­ing faster than a speed­ing bullet, tele­vi­sion can be a sooth­ing in­flu­ence on par­ents who have too much to do and kids who have too lit­tle.

D’oh! The net­works have not for­got­ten, and FXX of­fers its Plus+Size Hol­i­day Marathon fea­tur­ing 661 episodes of “The Simp­sons” and run­ning all the way through New Year’s Eve. This will set the record for the long­est TV marathon in his­tory.

Imag­i­na­tion... We can once again count on the good ol’ Syfy to un­pack its haunt­ing “Twi­light Zone” suitcase be­gin­ning New Year’s Eve and run­ning all the way to Jan. 2 at 4 a.m. Cre­ator Rod Ser­ling, who wrote 92 of the 156 episodes, proved to be the vi­sion­ary TV writer who set the bar for many others to fol­low.

Dolly do­ings: NBC will swing down home to Ten­nessee on Dec. 27 with “Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas of Many Colors: Cir­cle of Love,” the next chap­ter in the biopic about Dolly’s col­or­ful life. In this se­quel to “Christ­mas of Many Colors,” Alyvia Alyn Lind stars as the young Dolly with Jen­nifer Net­tles as her mom and Rick Schroder as her pa. Some in­ter­est­ing cast­ing finds Dolly’s re­al­life sis­ter, Stella, in the role of the owner of the town mar­ket, while

Far­rah Macken­zie plays Stella. Dolly her­self ap­pears as a pros­ti­tute, known as the “Painted Lady.”

Here’s the story: On New Year’s Day, the “Brady Bunch” gang re­turns to the home they ren­o­vated — the house that was a stand-in for the Bradys when the show aired back in the late ’60s/early ’70s. They’ll take a re­freshed look at the se­ries, “A Very Brady Ren­o­va­tion,” and catch up with added mem­o­ries and back­stage gos­sip.

Mys­ter­ies: In­trepid Cana­dian po­lice De­tec­tive Wil­liam Mur­doch will be back on the case when Acorn TV pre­mieres the 13th sea­son of “Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies.” The show is set at the turn of the cen­tury, when in­roads in foren­sics, med­i­cal pro­ce­dures and crime scene analy­ses are be­ing dis­cov­ered. The first two episodes will stream Christ­mas Day with Episode 3 un­fold­ing Dec. 30. Start­ing Jan. 6, the se­ries streams Mon­days.

Royals: Think Henry VIII par­took of a fab­u­lous noel? For­sooth, you bet­ter be­lieve it, and his­to­rian Lucy Wors­ley will be host­ing the bac­cha­nal “12 Days of Tu­dor Christ­mas” to prove it. The PBS spe­cial will ex­plore the tra­di­tions and rit­u­als en­joyed by the royals of the time and will re­veal that many of our cus­toms — in­clud­ing car­ols and gift-giv­ing — orig­i­nated with those funlov­ing Tu­dors. (Check lo­cal list­ings for air times.)

Rockin’ eve: Dick Clark will not be for­got­ten as long as ABC cel­e­brates New Year’s Eve. The show prob­a­bly bears the long­est ti­tle in tele­vi­sion: “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.” Sh­eryl Crowe and Usher will per­form, along with Ciara, Paula Ab­dul, Kelsea Bal­lerini and Blanco Brown, in the live 51⁄2-hour cel­e­bra­tion. Lucy Hale will hitch a ride as co-host with Seacrest this year and Post Malone will head­line.

Fox’s eve: Steve Har­vey will be back for “Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Har­vey: Live from Times Square,” with the broad­cast air­ing from 8 to 10 p.m. East­ern and again from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Maria Me­nounos and Rob Gronkowski serve as co-hosts. Artists in­clude LL Cool J fea­tur­ing DJ Z-Trip and the Vil­lage Peo­ple, Sting, Robin Thicke, Florence+the Ma­chine and Ja­son Aldean.

AN­NETTE BROWN/NBC

Alyvia Alyn Lind, left, and Dolly Par­ton ap­pear in “Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas of Many Colors: Cir­cle of Love.”

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