TV hol­i­day joy means ‘Won­der­ful Life,’ Reba, ro­mance, Santa Claus

Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Puzzles - BY LYNN ELBER

In need of a jolt of hol­i­day joy? Or a com­fort­ing spot of ro­mance or silli­ness or spir­i­tu­al­ity?

Tele­vi­sion has you cov­ered. There are clas­sic old movies (“It’s a Won­der­ful Life”) and a sleigh full of new wannabes; Christ­mas car­ols ga­lore; the majesty of the Mor­mon Taber­na­cle Choir; and, for New Year’s Eve home­bod­ies, Man­hat­tan’s Times Square ball drop among the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Here are some of the high­lights to con­sider (all times EST):


“The Christ­mas Chron­i­cles,” stream­ing now on Netflix. A scheme by a sis­ter and brother (Darby Camp, Ju­dah Lewis) to get video­tape of Santa (Kurt Rus­sell) in ac­tion turns into a wild Christ­mas Eve. Oliver Hud­son and Kim­berly Wil­liams-Pais­ley also star.

“Christ­mas at Pem­ber­ley Manor,” 10 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 8, Hall­mark. New York party planner El­iz­a­beth Ben­nett (Jes­sica Lown­des) finds her plans for a small town’s hol­i­day fes­ti­val threat­ened by a bil­lion­aire (Michael Rady) lack­ing good cheer.

“Merry Wish­mas,” 7 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 2, TV One. A suc­cess­ful busi­ness­woman (Tamela Mann) vis­its her South Carolina home­town for a break but be­comes en­meshed in lo­cal drama. David Mann, Kim Fields and Towanda Brax­ton co-star.

“Life-Size 2,” 9 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 2, Freeform. Fran­cia Raisa (“grown­ish”) stars as Grace, the young CEO of a toy maker headed for fi­nan­cial trou­ble. But help is on the way, from a doll (Tyra Banks) mag­i­cally brought to life.

“Hol­i­day Inn,” 8 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 8, Turner Clas­sic Movies. Fred As­taire and Bing Crosby star in this 1942 clas­sic.

“Santa’s Boots,” 8 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 8, Life­time. Holly (Me­gan Hilty) is try­ing to res­cue her fam­ily’s depart­ment store and solve the mys­tery of the hand­some Santa (Noah Mills) who bolted, leav­ing only a boot.

“It’s a Won­der­ful Life,” 8 p.m. Mon­day, Dec. 24, NBC. Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in Frank Capra’s 1947 fa­ble about ap­pre­ci­at­ing one’s life, what­ever path it takes. Lionel Bar­ry­more’s Mr. Pot­ter and Henry Travers’ Clarence the an­gel also take part.

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