LOS ANGELES (AP) – Supply chain woes are this year’s Grinch, threatening to steal goodies and good humor. But the television is chock-full of holiday specials and romantic comedies, including Food Network’s first film and the Christmas debut of the renowned GAC Family channel.
There are options to watch a few old favorites, such as 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. The Peanuts special will air on PBS and is available on Apple TV +, which acquired the classic in 2020. The Free Viewing Window that the streaming service offered him then closed this year.
In a twist for the Food Network movie, its debut is about finding a business sibling +. The streaming service offers a free trial option, so like Santa Claus marking courtesy cookies, enjoy the gift while it lasts.
Here’s a sample of what to watch while sipping nog and munching on roasted chestnuts – if available on store shelves. All air hours are from the East.
“A Rich Christmas”, streaming now on BET +. A self-centered socialite gets a new perspective on life when she is forced to work in a family homeless shelter. Bill Bellamy and Tyler Abron are the stars.
âCandy Coated Christmasâ, discovery +, Friday November 19. Molly McCook is a setting whose life takes a detour when she visits the town of Peppermint Hollow. Ree Drummond (The Food Network Pioneer Woman) plays the local baker.
“A Kindhearted Christmas”, GAC Family (formerly Great American Country), Saturday November 20. A woman wants to emulate the generosity of her late husband, bringing joy to others and perhaps to herself. Jennie Garth stars.
“A Kiss Before Christmas”, Hallmark Channel, Sunday November 21. James Denton, Teri Hatcher and Marilu Henner star in the story of a man who gets the alternate life he wanted and tries to give it back.
“Who’s on Christmas Eve?” Â»Bounce, Sunday, November 21 at 8 pm. A young woman (Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd) abandoned as a baby delves into her past with the help of her boyfriend (Romeo Miller) and an investigative genealogist.
“Romance in the Wilds”, Fox Nation, Thursday, November 25. A ranger and geologist (Kaitlyn Leeb, Victor Zinck Jr.) join ranks to flee a wildfire. Does love ignite? The actors also star in Fox Nation’s âChristmas in the Wilds,â released the same day.
âReba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune,â Lifetime, 8 p.m., Friday, November 26. Georgia (McEntire) and Joe (John Schneider) broke up as a couple and singing duo years ago, but their daughter wants a reunion for charity.
“Christmas Again”, Disney Channel, Friday December 3. Teenage Rowena is caught living the vacation time and time again after wishing she could get her life back before her parents divorce. Scarlett Estevez stars.
âIt’s a Wonderful Life,â NBC, 8 p.m. Saturday, December 4 and Friday, December 24. Jimmy Stewart takes on the role of a desperate man who finds value in his life with the help of a budding angel, Clarence.
âOur Christmas Journey,â Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10:01 PM Saturday, December 4. Holly Robinson Peete stars as a single mom who faces a new independent chapter for herself and her teenage son with autism. Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, are the parents of a son with autism. The actor said on Twitter that “I’ve been wanting to make a movie about a family with autism making #Christmas transitions for quite some time.”
âThe Christmas Thief,â ION Television, 8 p.m. Sunday, December 5. A novice private investigator, home for the holidays and trying to solve burglaries blamed on Santa, runs into a local detective. Michelle Borth and Vivica A. Fox co-starred.
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“iHeartRadio Holiday Special”, the iHeartRadio app, YouTube and Facebook pages. 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 24. Mario Lopez hosts a virtual concert with Train, Kelly Clarkson, Michael BublÃ© and Pentatonix.
âCMA Country Christmas,â ABC, 9 p.m. Monday, November 30. Performers and songs include Kelsea Ballerini (“Santa Baby”), Gabby Barrett (“The First Noel”), Lady A (“Wonderful Christmastime”) and Little Big Ville (“Christmas time is here”).
âKelly Clarkson Presents When Christmas Comes Around,â NBC, 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 1. Clarkson hosts a special show that features music, celebrates tradition and gives to those in need.
âChristmas Under the Stars,â BYUtv, 7 p.m. Sunday, December 5 and on the BYUtv app. The a cappella group Pentatonix mixes their favorite tunes and vocals with songs from their new holiday album, “Evergreen”.
âMichael BublÃ©’s Christmas in the City,â NBC, 10 p.m. Monday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 22. The pop singer marks the 10th anniversary of his album “Christmas” with music and comedy.
“20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir”, PBS, Monday December 13 and Friday December 24 (check local listing for times). Brian Stokes Mitchell recounts a retrospective of performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and dozens of other artists.
âA Charlie Brown Christmas,â now on Apple TV + and on PBS, Sunday, December 19 (check local listings for now). Is Christmas about goods or goodness? The question confuses Charlie Brown.
âRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,â CBS, Monday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. A reindeer discovers that being different is worth it in this 1964 special based on the song by Johnny Marks and narrated by Burl Ives.
“Mary McCartney Serves It Up”, discovery +, Tuesday 23 November. In four new holiday episodes, the British cookbook author enjoys meatless meals with guests including her famous father, Paul McCartney, and Oprah Winfrey.
âHow the Grinch Stole Christmas,â NBC, 8 p.m., Friday, November 26 and Saturday, December 25. The King of Horror Movies Boris Karloff provided the voice of Dr. Seuss’ infamous Grinch for the 1966 cartoon.
“‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas”, Apple TV +, Friday November 26th. A documentary about a neighborhood in Idaho that has become a battleground for a man obsessed with large-scale vacations and his enemies, aka other homeowners.
âA Home for the Holidays,â CBS, 9 p.m. Sunday, December 5. On the 23rd annual show of the special, inspiring stories of young people adopted into foster care are paired with performances by pop artists.