The Canadian crooner’s fourth annual Christmas special — originating from Radio City Music Hall — has quite an all-star lineup of performers including Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and the Rockettes. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, on NBC
I’m sorry “Gracepoint,” but there’s nothing like the original.
In this entertaining sketch-comedy series, the dynamic duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele excel at everything they do. It doesn’t matter if they are playing tough guys pretending they aren’t terrified by a horror movie, Liam Neeson-obsessed valets or a substitute teacher (Key) with a unique way of pronouncing students’ names. Season 4 finale, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, on Comedy Central.
An evergreen among animated holiday specials, this 1964 tale of an outcast reindeer and an elf who wants to be a dentist on a search for acceptance is a real treat. There are lots of great moments (Mrs. Claus pleading, “Eat, Santa, eat,” or the Island of Misfit Toys), but I especially love Burl Ives (as Sam the Snowman) singing “Silver and Gold.” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, on CBS
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There are several songs in this show that break my heart.
“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” So asks the one and only Charlie Brown near the end of this delightful special that originally aired in 1965. Everyone’s favorite blockhead and his friend, blanket-toting philosopher Linus, go on a search for a tree; Schroeder is at his piano; and Snoopy is dancing with joy. Cue the Vince Guaraldi music. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.