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Holiday Arts Preview: TV picks

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will host their own holiday special “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.”
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will host their own holiday special “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.” (Trae Patton/NBC)

EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS Yes, Hallmark has been the top dog in the holiday movie arena. But Lifetime doesn’t like that, and it has more than doubled the number of its original holiday movies this year, to 14. One of the new Lifetime movies is “Every Day Is Christmas” featuring Toni Braxton, who has a multi-picture deal with the channel. Braxton plays a workaholic who gets the “A Christmas Carol” treatment and — fingers crossed! — learns to be a little less Scrooge-like. Nov. 24, 8 p.m., Lifetime

A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS If I were a wannabe screenwriter, I might consider writing a holiday movie for the Hallmark and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channels, which have dozens of new holiday movies this season. The script would have to start with a woman going home for Christmas, of course, and my suggested casting would have to include Lori Loughlin. For this listing, though, I’m choosing “A Shoe Addict’s Christmas,” because they had me at “shoe addict.” Candace Cameron Bure stars as a holiday grump who gets locked in the department store where she works on Christmas Eve and gets a good old-fashioned talking to from her guardian angel — Imelda Marcos. Just kidding, it’s Jean Smart. Nov. 25, 8 p.m., Hallmark

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A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN AND CHRISSY Basically anything John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are doing for the holidays, I’m down with it. They’re so adorable, right? The pair will include their family and friends in “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy,” with Legend — who was Jesus in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” in April — performing new songs from his recently released Christmas album, “A Legendary Christmas.” According to NBC, several other celebrity appearances will be announced closer to the air date.
Nov. 28, 10 p.m., NBC

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION We all know Disney is taking over the world next year, when its streaming app, called Disney+, will debut. In the meantime, there’s just the usual: “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” will feature Gwen Stefani singing “Feliz Navidad,” Meghan Trainor performing a medley of her hits plus a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Brett Eldredge, Andrea Bocelli singing a duet of “Fall on Me” (not the R.E.M. version! It’s from “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”) with his son Matteo Bocelli, and “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Nov. 29, 9 p.m., ABC

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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE HOLI-SLAY SPECTACULAR This one-off special is for all the holiday queens patiently waiting for the next season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The special will pose eight “Drag Race” favorites against one another in holiday-themed challenges. The prize: The title of America’s first “Drag Race Xmas Queen.” The competitors will also lip sync to RuPaul’s two holiday collections, 2015’s “Slay Belles” and the new “Christmas Party.” Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, and Todrick Hall will join Ru behind the judges’ panel. Dec. 7, 8 p.m., VH1

’TIS THE NIGHT WITH BEN FOLDS & FRIENDS Pianist and vocalist Ben Folds hosts this filmed-in-Boston special, which features new spins on holiday classics. Folds will perform “Silent Night” with Handel and Haydn Society’s baroque concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky, then pull out a snare drum to accompany tap dancer Caleb Teicher on “Little Drummer Boy.” Other local musicians include the Boston Children’s Chorus and singers from the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the New England Conservatory. Dec. 13, 8 p.m., WGBH-2

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CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA: A MIDWINTER’S TALE I bet you thought this series, whose first season dropped in October, was strictly a Halloween affair. But Netflix is releasing a Christmas-themed episode, which has Sabrina and the coven singing pagan carols and sharing ghost stories on the winter solstice. But wait, according to the press release: “The holidays are also a time for guests and visitors — both welcome and unwelcome — you never know what might come down the chimney . . .” Will one of those visitors be from “Riverdale”? Rumors are afoot. Dec. 14, Netflix

THE 87th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE When I think Christmas, I think LA. And when I think about holiday parades, I think of them riding on a red carpet. So this Hollywood Boulevard event makes total sense. Nancy O’Dell will serve as grand marshal of the parade, which will feature Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams, Elizabeth Stanton, Garrett Clayton. Expect musical performances by a bunch of “American Idol” alums including Ruben Studdard, David Archuleta, and Elliott Yamin, as well as character balloons and cars with waving celebrities driving down the parade route. Dec. 14, 8 p.m., The CW

THE YEAR IN MEMORIUM Robin Wright is hosting with Jimmy Kimmel, but I don’t think there’ll be a tribute to the late President Frank Underwood. The pair will commemorate some of the biggest names who passed away this year, including Aretha Franklin, John McCain, Burt Reynolds, and Stephen Hawking. The celebrity guests including Kelly Clarkson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and and Benedict Cumberbatch. Dec. 17,
8 p.m., ABC

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DICK CLARK’S PRIMETIME NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST I think the Supreme Court of Entertainment needs to rule against this title, which would only be clunkier if it had — wait, it could not possibly be clunkier. The 42nd annual New Year’s celebration will feature more than five hours of musical performances and reports on celebrations around the world. Seacrest’s partner in crime for the event: Jenny McCarthy. Dec. 31, 8 p.m., ABC


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.