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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What I Did For Love, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries A big-city lawyer faces his toughest judges when his country girl fiancée takes him home to meet her parents for Christmas.

Full House, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Nickelodeon Danny Tanner raises his three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and old friend after his wife dies.

Gilligan’s Island, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Me TV Seven castaways are stranded on a deserted island after a three hour boat tour goes awry. Gilligan and his Skipper try to accommodate the needs of their boat passengers: a professor, a movie star, a millionaire and his wife, and a woman from a farm.

The Heart of Christmas, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) UP This holiday movie is based on the life of Dax Locke, a little boy with a rare leukemia. His entire community bands together to give him one last Christmas that is unforgettable.

The Little Couple, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC Bill and Jen Arnold-Klein raise their two adoptive children in Houston, TX. Bill is a businessman and Jen is a pediatrician and they are little people with skeletal dysplasia. Their children, Will from China, and Zoey from India, are little people also.

Chopped, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network 4 chefs are given mystery baskets and short cooking times to create gourmet food for a panel of judges. Each round a chef is cut until the last chef standing wins $10,000.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Grandpa for Christmas, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries In this holiday movie, a young girl meets her grandfather for the first time after being sent to live with him.

The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Sue develops an allergy to the Christmas tree. Meanwhile, Axl returns home from college and chooses to spend time with his pals instead of his family, which displeases Frankie; and Brick devises a scheme to cover his lie about his wrapping-paper sales.

White Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney star as entertainers in this classic holiday movie featuring the music of Irving Berlin.

Stealing Christmas, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) UP After bungling his latest heist, bank robber Jack Clayton flees the big city and winds up in a small town where he's mistaken by Sarah Gibson and her daughter as the Santa Claus they've hired to promote their family Christmas tree farm. Jack plays along while casing a local bank job but his growing affection for Sarah, his encounter with a kindly shopkeeper and his conscience force him to question his criminal ways.

Nova, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS A look at innovations inspired by life, including underwater Wi-Fi based on how dolphins communicate; robotic "mules" and "cheetahs" for the military; robotic bees; bacteria-driven metallurgy; virus-built batteries; and "living" computers made from DNA.

The Bob Newhart Show, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) MeTV In this classic sitcom, comedian Bob Newhart plays Bob Hartley, a Chicago psychologist. At work, Bob shares his office with a dentist and their receptionist and at home, he is married to Emily, a school teacher, and they are frequently visited by Howard, their neighbor who is a flight navigator.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shark Tank, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CNBC Billy Blanks Jr. pitches a dance-fitness program he runs with his wife. Other investment possibilities: a rock band, flavored peanut butter, and interchangeable bikini tops and bottoms. Also: a follow-up on a cat-drawing business.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

Scrooge, 9:15 p.m. (Eastern) TCM A musical reworking of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" stars Albert Finney as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by three ghosts on the holiday's eve and learns all about the true meaning and spirit of the day. Oscar nominated for Best Original Score and Best Song ("Thank You Very Much").

Small Town, Big Deal, 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) RFDTV Hosts Rodney Miller and Jann Carl travel to small towns in America where they highlight attractions and places of interests off the beaten trail of the East and West Coast centric media. Each episode features the hosts visiting two places of interest, including festivals, museums, and historical re-enactments.

Christmas in Conway, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Hoping it will be the perfect Christmas present for his wife, a man plans to construct a Ferris wheel in his backyard.

Beat Bobby Flay, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant determine who will challenge Bobby Flay in the kitchen when a Mexican-born chef squares off against an opponent with a background in fusion cuisine.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Norman Rockwell Presents Coming Home for Christmas, 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) INSP After their parents separate, two estranged sisters reunite in hopes of bringing them back together. The sisters plan an elaborate Christmas celebration to reunite everyone in their old family home. The problem? Someone else now lives there.

Last Man Standing, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Ryan disapproves of the violent movies and video games Mike is exposing Boyd to. Elsewhere, Vanessa seeks fashion help from Mandy.

Twelve Wishes of Christmas, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) UP A woman must set things right, when a mysterious lady named Noel grants her 12 wishes and they magically come true for Christmas proving that, even at Christmas, you have to be careful what you wish for!

A Season for Miracles, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries In this Hallmark Hall of Fame production, two children experience a miracle at Christmastime.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates, 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Junior In this animated series, Jake and a group of children Pirates live in Peter Pan’s home of Neverland and learn and explore together.

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Guy eats his way through restaurants in the country that cook and serve specialty foods.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Naughty or Nice, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) UP A woman uses a special book from Santa Claus to expose those behaving badly.

I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Linus and Lucy’s little brother, Rerun, tries to avoid holiday chaos by spending time with Snoopy and his brother, Spike.

Bubble Guppies, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Nick Junior The Bubble Guppies live in a colorful animated world where they learn about numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and basic principles of science.

The Christmas Blessing, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries A young doctor encounters romance and deals with his past when he returns to his hometown during the holidays.

Austin City Limits, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS classic Tom Waits performance from December 1978 is replayed. The featured songs include: “Burma Shave,” “Annie's Back in Town,” “I Wish I Was in New Orleans (In the Ninth Ward),” “On the Nickel,” “Romeo Is Bleeding,” and “Small Change.”

Dear America, 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) Qubo In this series about teenage girls experiencing important events in U.S. history, a character’s diary gives insight into the eras depicted.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Guy’s Grocery Games, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) The first challenge is grilled cheese sandwiches on a small budget; followed by desserts made from ingredients found in the meat, seafood and dairy aisles. Finally, the chefs are thrown a twist when preparing meals celebrating the holiday season.

The Sound of Music, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in this classic movie musical about a governess who falls for her seven charges’ father, marries him, and escape as a family from the Nazi takeover of Austria in the 1930s.

Arthur Christmas, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel This animated family comedy follows Santa's mischievous son Arthur (voice of James McAvoy) as he races against time to ensure that the children of the world receive their presents by Christmas morning.

November Christmas, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries A community works together to help a couple bring an early Christmas to their sick 8-year-old daughter.

We Bought a Zoo, 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) FXM In this 2011 family film, Matt Damon stars as Benjamin, a reporter who is struggling to connect with his children after his wife passes away. In a burst of inspiration he purchases a dilapidated zoo, and his family comes together caring for the exotic animals and working to make the zoo a success again.

The Polar Express, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family In this theatrical animated movie featuring the talents of Tom Hanks, a boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus is whisked to the North Pole on a magical train.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Season 2 continues with competing families showcasing their elaborate Christmas displays for the chance to win $50,000.

A Christmas Wish, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries A mom finds herself broke and homeless just before Christmas. She takes a job at a diner and the patrons learn of her plight and pitch in to help her.

Everybody Loves Raymond, 9:30 p.m. (Easter) TV Land All Ray wants for Christmas is some romantic downtime with Debra (Patricia Heaton), but his plans go awry.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) MeTV Mary Richards works at a Minneapolis TV station for her boss, Lou Grant, and a colorful group of co-workers while living in an apartment house with her friends Phyllis and Rhoda.

Doc McStuffins, 10 :00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Junior A little girl has a pretend veterinary clinic for the neighborhood stuffed animals.

House Hunters International, 10:30 p.m. (Eastern) HGTV A couple who met in Swaziland learn to compromise when they search for a home there together.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries A mid-flight accident causes Santa Claus to lose his memory and his magical bag just two days before Christmas.

Shrek the Halls, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Shrek and Fiona plan a quiet family Christmas, but it gets invaded by their friends.

Full House, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Nickelodeon Danny Tanner raises his three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and old friend after his wife dies.

Gilligan’s Island, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Me TV Seven castaways are stranded on a deserted island after a three hour boat tour goes awry. Gilligan and his Skipper try to accommodate the needs of their boat passengers: a professor, a movie star, a millionaire and his wife, and a woman from a farm.

The Little Couple, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC Bill and Jen Arnold-Klein raise their two adoptive children in Houston, TX. Bill is a businessman and Jen is a pediatrician and they are little people with skeletal dysplasia. Their children, Will from China, and Zoey from India, are little people also. In this episode, Zoey’s 3rd birthday is celebrated by the family.

Chopped, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network 4 chefs are given mystery baskets and short cooking times to create gourmet food for a panel of judges. Each round a chef is cut until the last chef standing wins $10,000.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Sue gets several prom dates because she can't reject anyone. Meanwhile, Brick wants to do an unusual book report and turns to Axl for assistance; and Frankie and Mike realize they're more charismatic with other people than they are with each other.

The Christmas Box, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) INSP Based on the heartwarming novel by Richard Paul Evans, a man moves into the home of an older woman with his wife and young daughter where they will take care of the mansion and its owner. In the beginning, tensions are high between the man and the elderly woman, but they then learn many important lessons about life from one another.

A Christmas Story, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TBS Ralphie begs his parents for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. The 1983 holiday film contains some adult situations and foul language, though much of the objectionable language is edited out in the televised version.

Yule Log, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries A burning yule log fireplace accompanied by a soundtrack of Christmas songs.

Nova, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS Season 38 begins with an examination of how the great medieval cathedrals were built. The architectural marvels, made from stone and by hand, often required the labor of entire towns, and some took 100 years to finish. Many, however, now may collapse. Here, architects, engineers, computer scientists and art historians investigate the secrets used to build them in order to save them, including how the soaring, glass-filled walls were erected.

The Bob Newhart Show, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) MeTV In this classic sitcom, comedian Bob Newhart plays Bob Hartley, a Chicago psychologist. At work, Bob shares his office with a dentist and their receptionist and at home, he is married to Emily, a school teacher, and they are frequently visited by Howard, their neighbor who is a flight navigator.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Bishop’s Wife, 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Cary Grant plays an angel who helps a woman (Loretta Young) and her minister husband (David Niven) in this 1947 classic.

Shark Tank, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CNBC Entrepreneurs get into the holiday spirit with their pitches for a colorful magnetic light strand; a Christmaskah item for interfaith families; and a witty take on traditional Yuletide sweaters. Also: luxurious clip-in hair extensions; and an update on the RuckPack nutrition drink from Season 4.

The Waltons: The Children’s Carol, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) INSP Two English children seek refuge from the war on Walton’s Mountain during the Christmas season.

Shrek Forever After, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) FX Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin that reveals to him what Far Far Away would look like in a world where he never met and married Fiona.

Small Town, Big Deal, 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) RFDTV Hosts Rodney Miller and Jann Carl travel to small towns in America where they highlight attractions and places of interests off the beaten trail of the East and West Coast centric media. Each episode features the hosts visiting two places of interest, including festivals, museums, and historical re-enactments.

Beat Bobby Flay, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Michael Voltaggio and Simon Majumdar decide between a former pastry chef turned savory chef and a rising star on the New Hampshire culinary scene.