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Holiday TV picks

20/20: LIGHTS, CAMERA, CHRISTMAS! INSIDE HOLIDAY MOVIE CLASSICS This special edition of “20/20” is an early entry in the networks’ Christmas programming sweepstakes. The episode will look at some of the most popular holiday movies, with behind-the-scenes material and visits from a number of the stars. Yes, Peter Billingsley from “A Christmas Story”
will be in the house. Ralphie lives! Nov. 22,
10 p.m., ABC

THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN The holiday season? Hallmark is on it, with a “Countdown to Christmas” movie schedule filled with titles such as “Romance at Reindeer Lodge” and “Christmas at Holly Lodge.” “The Christmas Train” is about a journalist, played by Dermot Mulroney, who is taking a train from D.C. to LA. Along the way, he has a number of life-changing encounters with characters played by Joan Cusack, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Danny Glover. Based on the bestselling novel by David Baldacci, this is as far from “Snowpiercer” as you can get. Nov. 25, 8 p.m., Hallmark

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HOMICIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS The second season of this limited series takes a decidedly downbeat look at the season during which we are meant to be jolly. Hey, what else should we expect from a channel that bills itself as a “crime destination brand for women.” The five cases chronicle holidays that take a violent turn, from a house fire that leads to the uncovering of a triple homicide to what Oxygen is called “the worst family massacre in US history.” This is must-see TV for those of you who are dreaming of a white Christmas — with red spackling. Nov. 25, 6 p.m., Oxygen


CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS This year’s host? The beloved Reba McEntire, who is replacing longtime host Jennifer Nettles. The Orange Wonder will welcome a long list of country stars to the eighth annual event, which was taped live on Nov. 14 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The performers include Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, and CeCe Winans. Nov. 27, 8 p.m., ABC

MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC I know, the season is magical enough without tricks and effects. But here’s a way to add to the enchantment, with a night of performances by the likes of Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan, and Greg Gleason. Trigger warning: The special is hosted by Dean Cain. Dec. 1, 9 p.m., The CW

CBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carol BurnettÕs classic, award-winning comedy series with THE CAROL BURNETT 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, a new two-hour star-studded event featuring Burnett, original cast members and special guests, on Sunday, Dec. 3 (8:00 Ð 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence and Carol Burnett, shown. ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved 19HolidayTVPicks
THE CAROL BURNETT 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, a new two-hour star-studded event featuring Burnett, original cast members and special guests, on Sunday, Dec. 3 (8:00 Ð 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence and Carol Burnett

THE CAROL BURNETT 50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Aww. This makes me want to tug my earlobe. The show will be filmed on Stage 33 at CBS Television City, the original soundstage for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which premiered on Sept. 11, 1967. Among the guests: original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, costume designer Bob Mackie, Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph, and Martin Short. Dec. 3, 8 p.m., CBS

WILL & GRACE: HOLIDAY SPECIAL NBC has been doling out the new episodes of “Will & Grace” slowly, as if aware that a little bit of this returned classic goes a long way. It’s not one of the bad revivals; it’s a warm bath of nostalgia for the four memorable characters mixed with some sharp and timely jokes. But it’s routinely over-the-top and best experienced in small batches. The series is famous for its famous guest stars, and the rumor mill currently has Cher returning for this holiday episode. Dec. 5, 9 p.m., NBC

GWEN STEFANI: YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS -- Pictured: Gwen Stefani -- (Photo by: Jamie Nelson/NBC) 19HolidayTVPicks
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GWEN STEFANI’S YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS This is an infomercial for — I mean a celebration that happens to coincide with the release of — Stefani’s new Christmas album. The special will include a number of songs by Stefani, as well as guest appearances by Chelsea Handler, Ken Jeong, Seth MacFarlane, and Ne-Yo. Oh yeah, and Stefani’s boyfriend, her “Voice” costar and People magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year, Blake Shelton, will also be aboard this ship. Dec. 12, 9 p.m., NBC


A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! Based on the film classic and the Broadway musical “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” this live event stars Matthew Broderick as the grown-up version of Ralphie. Also along for the singing and dancing: Maya Rudolph, Jane Krakowski, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Diamantopoulos, and newcomer Andy Walken. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who composed the score to “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” have added a few new songs for this version. Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Fox

CALL THE MIDWIFE: HOLIDAY SPECIAL Do you watch “Call the Midwife”? It’s a poignant and quietly subversive period piece about midwives and nuns in London during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and it takes on issues of poverty, religion, prostitution, abortion, and, oh yeah, love. Every season is heralded by a Christmas special, and the next season, number seven, which premieres in the spring, is no exception. The special introduces a new regular character, Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott) from the West Indies, who arrives during the coldest winter in 300 years. Dec. 25, 9 p.m., PBS