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Unwrapping a season’s new Christmas TV

What are a mixture for a happy Christmas? Judging from TV, we can make this list: Adorable children. Cookies. Second chances during love. Wishes that come true. And this year, cats.

Nearly dual dozen new cinema (I count 23) arrive this month and next, many on Lifetime and a Hallmark Channel, that have been competing to see that can start a deteriorate earliest. Hallmark won this year, rising a “Countdown to Christmas” a day after Halloween.

But among a 5 new movies, Lifetime landed a season’s biggest star: Grumpy Cat, a famously sour-looking Internet sensation.

Meanwhile, fortifying UP (formerly a Gospel Music Channel) joins in with 4 new cinema among a 500 betrothed hours of Christmas programming.

There are specials, too, and copiousness of music. Frosty and a Grinch make their annual appearances, as do decades of classical Christmas movies. How-to channels uncover us what to ready and how to decorate.

It’s adequate to make we panic if your gifts aren’t all wrapped, even if a jack-o’-lantern stays on your porch and Thanksgiving is days away.

Because there’s so many Christmas TV, and we can’t usually dump all and watch, I’ve attempted to arrange out a highlights, formulating a Top 10 list of cinema and specials value your notice. More highlights of this season’s new offerings follow in sequential order.

Then, in Friday’s Go! magazine, demeanour for my long-lived Christmas must-sees, and a list of where to find your favorites. Note that many cinema and specials have repeat airings, infrequently many, so check your listings.

1. ‘Peter Pan Live!’

7 p.m. Dec. 4 on NBC

For a second large holiday eventuality designed for families to watch together, NBC chooses a low-pitched about a child who won’t grow adult and a children he takes on a enchanting moody to Neverland. Maybe we remember examination a Mary Martin version, from 1960, that final aired on network TV in 1990. The new, live prolongation (following final year’s “The Sound of Music”) stars Allison Williams as Peter, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and St. Louis’ Taylor Louderman as Wendy. Look for some-more about “Peter Pan Live!” in this territory subsequent Sunday.

2. ‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’

7 p.m. Nov. 29, on Lifetime

Who says cats can’t act? The Grumpster creates a many of her celebrity by starring as a unhappy pet-shop pool (voiced to soundness by Aubrey Plaza of “Parks and Recreation”) who finds a essence partner in a 12-year-old girl. (Go ahead: aww!) Despite a heartwarming factor, don’t design too many Christmas corrupt here. Plaza is also an executive producer, and her scathing wit is apparent throughout, as a film mocks both itself and Lifetime.

3. ‘One Christmas Eve’

7 p.m. Nov. 30 on a Hallmark Channel

Maybe we forgot to discuss that cats don’t have an disdainful on starring roles this Christmas. Dogs move people together, too. In this new entrance in a “Hallmark Hall of Fame” franchise, now airing exclusively on Hallmark’s possess wire channel, Anne Heche has to save a puppy (and a kid) from a hole. In “The Christmas Shepherd,” 7 p.m. Sunday on Hallmark, widow Teri Polo loses her late husband’s dear German shepherd, usually to find him vital with a singular father and his daughter. There’s even a dog, a large one, in a Grumpy Cat movie.

4. ‘Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas’

7 p.m. Dec. 16 on NBC

Jim Parsons is a voice of Buddy in a stop-motion charcterised special that promises to mix a demeanour and feel of Christmas specials past with a wit and stupidity of a 2003 Will Ferrell movie. The 9 songs are from a theatre low-pitched “Elf,” that played during a Fox Theatre final December.

5. ‘iHeart Radio

Jingle Ball 2014’

8 p.m. Dec. 18 on a CW

For anybody who got ill of carols a third week they took over radio, this unison from Madison Square Garden promises to “capture a holiday spirit,” nonetheless we can’t be certain anyone will perform “The Little Drummer Boy.” Acts embody Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jessie J, Shawn Mendes and Nick Jonas.

6. ‘Call a Midwife

Holiday Special’

8 p.m. Dec. 25 on PBS

Christmas Day episodes of favorite array are a tradition in England (on “Downton Abbey,” that’s when a certain favorite impression met his death), and PBS is removing in on a act. On “Midwife,” a nuns and nurses of Nonnatus residence ready for a Sunday School Christmas unison and contemplate what’s forward in 1960. There’s also a “Vicious Holiday Special” (9:30 p.m.), in that Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi) horde a Christmas celebration with a too-truthful diversion of Truth or Dare.

7. ‘The Sing-Off’

8 p.m. Dec. 17 on NBC

The a cappella singing foe earnings as a holiday eventuality special with 6 groups competing for a $50,000 prize. Shawn Stockman and Jewel are assimilated during a judging list by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, with Nick Lachey as host.

8. ‘Christmas in Palm Springs’

6 p.m. Sunday on UP

The 4 new strange cinema on UP this Christmas are assimilated by this TV entrance in that distant relatives (Patrick Muldoon and Dina Meyer) vital on conflicting sides of a nation are brought together in Palm Springs by their kids, with assistance from a defender angel (Bill Cobbs).

9. ‘Santa Hunters’

6 p.m. Nov. 28 on Nickelodeon

Nine-year-old Alex (Benjamin Flores Jr.) sets out to infer Santa is real, though his nosiness might means Claus to remove his Christmas powers forever. Kids, kids, kids. You know saying Santa isn’t allowed.

10. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

7 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 24 on NBC

You could have bought this on DVD for a few bucks years ago, though watchful for it to come on TV has turn a tradition, ever given copyright restrictions finished a once-ubiquitous holiday airings. So, here are your dual chances this year.


“Signed, Sealed and Delivered for Christmas,” 7 p.m. Sunday on Hallmark Movies: People from a post office’s passed minute dialect try to answer a tiny girl’s defence to God. Eric Mabius and Marion Ross star.

“Seasons of Love,” 8 p.m. Sunday on Lifetime: Taraji P. Henson is executive author of a regretful play about a integrate (LeToya Luckett and Cleo Anthony) pang ups and downs on a highway to marriage. Gladys Knight also stars.

“Comedy Central’s All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special,” 9 p.m. Thursday on Comedy Central. A special constructed by Funny or Die also front Friday by Sunday.

“Christmas Under Wraps,” 7 p.m. Nov. 29 on Hallmark: Busy alloy Candace Cameron Bure moves to Alaska and finds out her new city has a large secret.

“The Tree That Saved Christmas,” 6 p.m. Nov. 30 on UP: Lacey Chabert is a New York author who decides to save her family’s Vermont tree farm.

“CMA Country Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 1 on ABC: Jennifer Nettles is horde of a special with Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Carrie Underwood and more.

“Toy Story That Time Forgot,” 7 p.m. Dec. 2 on ABC: A second charcterised special from Pixar finds a “Toy Story” characters battling movement total in a post-Christmas play date.

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” 7 p.m Dec. 3 on NBC: The “Today” anchors are hosts of a annual tree-lighting special, with performances by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood.

“How Murray Saved Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 5 on NBC: A fractious deli owners (Jerry Stiller) is forced to fill in for Santa in an charcterised special (from a Mike Reiss book) with a voices of Jason Alexander, Sean Hayes and Dennis Haysbert.

“A Very Grammy Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 5 on CBS: Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw and Pharrell Williams are among those featured.

“Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’,” 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on Lifetime: Chevy Chase narrates an instrumentation of Lamb’s best-selling Christmas novel, set in a 1960s, with a expel including Molly Ringwald.

“Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle,” 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on Hallmark: Rob Morrow is an angel sent to Earth to assistance a lady get her life behind on track, with a Christmas Day deadline.

“Second Chance Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on TVOne: A child (Michael Rainey Jr.) loses his mom in a Christmas tearjerker about a definition of family.

“The Secret Santa,” 6 p.m. Dec. 7 on TLC: A “documentary” follows an review into a poser figure compared with a fibre of Christmas miracles.

“Marry Us for Christmas,” 6 p.m. Dec. 7 on UP: A supplement finds Marci and Blair (Malinda Williams and Karon Riley) formulation their wedding, if work doesn’t get in a way. Victoria Rowell (“The Young and a Restless”) plays Marci’s mother.

“Christmas during Cartwrights,” 7 p.m. Dec. 7 on Hallmark: Alicia Witt is a singular mom operative as a dialect store Santa.

“The Christmas Secret,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7 on Hallmark Movies: A singular mom (Bethany Joy Lenz) fights eviction during Christmas.

“The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, on ABC: Families contest for over-the-top taste in a second annual special.

“Deck a Halls With Dr. Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 12 on TLC: A special introduces a decorator who transforms Hollywood homes for a holidays.

“The Santa Con,” 7 p.m. Dec. 13 on Lifetime: Barry Watson,Melissa Joan Hart, Jaleel White, John Ratzenberger and Wendy Williams star in a dramedy about a child (Tucker Meeks) who asks Santa to move his relatives behind together.

“Best Christmas Party Ever,” 7 p.m. Dec. 13 on Hallmark: A immature celebration planner (Torrey DeVitto) fights a inhuman corporation.

“The Christmas Parade,” 7 p.m. Dec. 14 on Hallmark: A TV horde (AnnaLynn McCord) is flustered on a atmosphere and runs divided to a tiny town.

“Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York,” 7 p.m. Dec. 17 on NBC: In his fourth holiday special, Buble is assimilated by Barbra Streisand, Miss Piggy, Ariana Grande and a Rockettes.

“Christmas With a Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” 10 p.m. Dec. 24 on PBS: Soprano Deborah Voigt and actor John Rhys-Davies join a choir.

“Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts,” 10 p.m. Dec. 25 on PBS: The violinist plays for family and friends in his home. “Renee Fleming, Christmas in New York” follows during 11 p.m.

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