The Times-Tribune

Holiday television

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Classic Christmas specials plus a few new ones take over the major TV networks this week. Thursday at 8 p.m., ABC presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which celebrates its 50th anniversar­y this year; PBS airs “A Christmas Carol: Theater of the Mind,” done in the style of a 1940s radio production; and the CW shows “Terry Crews Saves Christmas,” which also airs Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. “Jordan Smith ‘Tis the Season,” follows Thursday at 9 on PBS. Then, on Friday at 8 p.m., NBC brings back classic cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” followed by “How Murray Saved Christmas” at 8:30 and “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” at 9. Also at 8 p.m., Fox airs “Taraji’s White Hot

Holidays,” a music and variety special hosted by Taraji P. Henson and featuring artists including Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg and TLC. Meanwhile, CBS hosts the 8 p.m. special, “A Home for the Holidays,” which raises awareness about foster care and adoption and features such stars as Miranda Lambert and Rachel Platten.

On Christmas Eve, “It’s A Wonderful Life” starts at 8 p.m. on NBC, ABC runs “Prep & Landing” at 8, “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” at 8:30 and “CMA Country Christmas” at 9.

Christmas morning brings a few children’s Christmas specials to PBS, which later airs the “Call the Midwife” holiday special at 7:30 p.m. ABC shows “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebratio­n” at 10 a.m. Programs and times are subject to change.

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