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Dec. 25 - Jan. 1: Holiday television listings

A look at what's on the tube

By Times Staff
Published December 6, 2005


DEC. 25

6 a.m. - "Urbi et Orbi: To the City and to the World" - EWTN - Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Day message to the world.

6 a.m. - "Three Wise Guys" - USA - (2005) Tom Arnold, Judd Nelson. On Christmas Eve, three hired killers give chase after unwittingly aiding the pregnant girlfriend of one of their targets.

8 a.m. - "Solemn Mass at Midnight" - EWTN - Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass. From St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.

8 a.m. - "The Christmas Box" - HALLMARK - (1995) Maureen O'Hara, Richard Thomas. A businessman learns the true meaning of Christmas after he and his family move into an elderly widow's mansion.

9 a.m. - "The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas" - DISNEY

9 a.m. - "All Out Christmas" - HGTV - Outrageous holiday decorations.

10 a.m. - "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" - ABC - Disney characters parade down the Magic Kingdom's Main Street, U.S.A.

10 a.m. - "The White House Christmas 2005" - HGTV - Decorators and artisans prepare the White House for the holiday season.

Noon - "Solemn Mass of Christmas From EWTN" - EWTN

Noon - "A Very Brady Christmas" - FAMILY - (1988) Florence Henderson, Robert Reed. As Christmas approaches, crises threaten to keep three generations of Bradys from spending the holidays together.

1 p.m. - "Celebrate! Christmas With Maya Angelou" - HALLMARK - The poet celebrates Christmas with her friends Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.

1 p.m. - "An All Dogs Christmas Carol" - WGN - (1998) Voices of Steven Weber, Dom DeLuise. Animated. Divine intervention is needed when a bulldog with a bad attitude makes plans to ruin the Christmas holiday.

2 p.m. - "A Mom for Christmas" - FAMILY - (1990) Olivia Newton-John, Doug Sheehan. A widower and his daughter try to keep a mannequin that magically came to life from returning to its former state.

2 p.m. - "Christmas Snow" - HALLMARK - A widow and her two adopted children face eviction on Christmas Eve when their mean-spirited landlord decides to convert their home and candy store into a Laundromat.

2 p.m. - "Christmas Carol: The Movie" - SHOWTIME - (2001) Voices of Simon Callow, Kate Winslet. Animated. London miser Ebenezer Scrooge has a change of heart after he encounters three ghosts.

3 p.m. - "The Santa Claus Brothers" - DISNEY - Santa Claus wants to retire but balks at leaving the family business to his three bumbling sons.

3 p.m. - "Santa Jr." - HALLMARK - (2002) Lauren Holly, Judd Nelson. St. Nick's slacker son reluctantly joins the family business, but must clear his name after he is arrested for burglary.

4 p.m. - "Mr. St. Nick" - FAMILY - (2002) Kelsey Grammer, Charles Durning. Santa's son would rather run a holiday charity from Florida than accept the mantle of responsibility at the North Pole.

5 p.m. - "Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus" - HALLMARK - (2004) Crystal Bernard, Steve Guttenberg. Santa's heir woos a widowed advertising executive who wants to use him in the biggest ad campaign of her career.

5 p.m. - "The Fairly OddParents" - NICK - Timmy wishes for 365 days of Christmas, throwing the whole world out of whack.

5:30 p.m. - "The Candymaker's Christmas" - EWTN - A candymaker learns the true gift of Christmas.

6 p.m. - "The Christmas Secret" - FAMILY - (2000) Richard Thomas, Beau Bridges. A robust villager named Nick rescues a zoologist whose plane crashes near the North Pole.

6:30 p.m. - "Stories of Hymns" - EWTN - The church's most revered songs of praise are an inspiration for the spiritual life.

7 p.m. - "Meet the Santas" - HALLMARK - (2005) Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard. A man, his fiance and her mother plan a wedding for Christmas Eve.

8 p.m. - "Catholic University of America's Christmas Concert 2005" - EWTN - Sounds of the season.

8 p.m. - "Borrowed Hearts" - FAMILY - (1997) Roma Downey, Hector Elizondo. A struggling single mother agrees to pose as her employer's wife so that he can impress his company's potential buyer.

8 p.m. - "Home Alone" - TBS - (1990) Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci. A precocious 8-year-old stands off two bumbling burglars after his vacationing parents accidentally leave him behind.

9 p.m. - "Finding John Christmas" - CBS - (2003) Valerie Bertinelli, Peter Falk. With help from a photographer, a nurse searches for a former firefighter who may be her long-lost brother.

9 p.m. - "Mary Christmas" - PAX - (2002) Cynthia Gibb, John Schneider. A TV reporter's holiday assignment puts her into contact with an 8-year-old girl who desperately wants a new mother.

9 p.m. - "A Season for Miracles" - HALLMARK (1999) Carla Gugino, Kathy Baker. As Christmas approaches, townspeople welcome a woman who took her jailed sister's children under her wing.

10 p.m. - "Urbi et Orbi: To the City and to the World" - EWTN - Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Day message to the world.

11 p.m. - "Denis Leary's Merry F... Christmas Special" - COMEDY - The comedian and his friends ring in the holiday season.

11 p.m. - "The Night They Saved Christmas" - HALLMARK - (1984) Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney. A mother and children set out to save Santa's North Pole kingdom from the threat posed by her husband's oil drilling.

Midnight - "Solemn Mass of Christmas From EWTN" - EWTN

Midnight - "Scrooged" - TBS - (1988) Bill Murray, Karen Allen. Three ghosts give a greedy network executive a long-overdue attitude adjustment. Based on the Charles Dickens classic.

1 a.m. - "Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus" - HALL - (2004) Crystal Bernard, Steve Guttenberg. Santa's heir woos a widowed advertising executive who wants to use him in the biggest ad campaign of her career.

1:30 a.m. - "Three Wise Guys" - USA - (2005) Tom Arnold, Judd Nelson. On Christmas Eve, three hired killers give chase after unwittingly aiding the pregnant girlfriend of one of their targets.

3 a.m. - "Urbi et Orbi: To the City and to the World" - EWTN - Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Day message to the world.

4 a.m. - "Jacob's Gift" - EWTN Based on the book by Max Lucado. Students compete to apprentice with the builders of a new synagogue.

4 a.m. - "Scrooged" - TBS - (1988) Bill Murray, Karen Allen. Three ghosts give a greedy network executive a long-overdue attitude adjustment. Based on the Charles Dickens classic.

DEC. 26

6:45 a.m. - "Babes in Toyland" - SHOWTIME - (1997) Voices of Charles Nelson Reilly, Lacey Chabert. Animated. Nursery rhyme characters spring to life in order to save a toy factory from being shut down before Christmas.

5 p.m. - "Urbi et Orbi: To the City and to the World" - EWTN- Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Day message to the world.

6:30 p.m. - "Jacob's Gift" - EWTN - Based on the book by Max Lucado. Students compete to apprentice with the builders of a new synagogue.

9 p.m. - "Home for the Holidays" - LIFETIME - (2005) Sean Young, Perry King. A loving aunt struggles to adopt her young relatives after their parents die in a car accident.

DEC. 27

6:30 a.m. - "Miracle on 34th Street" - HBO - (1994) Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins. A department store executive has her doubts when the elderly gentleman she hired claims to be the real Santa Claus.

4 p.m. - "Home for the Holidays" - LIFETIME - (2005) Sean Young, Perry King. A loving aunt struggles to adopt her young relatives after their parents die in a car accident.

DEC. 29

4:30 p.m. - "The Donut Man: The Best Christmas Present of All"- EWTN - Host Rob Evans and the Donut Repair Club celebrate the birth of Jesus.

7 p.m. - "Home for the Holidays" - LIFETIME - (2005) Sean Young, Perry King. A loving aunt struggles to adopt her young relatives after their parents die in a car accident.

9 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

DEC. 30

4 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

8 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

9 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

1 a.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

2 a.m. "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

3 a.m. "Solemn Mass of Christmas From EWTN" - EWTN

DEC. 31

4 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

5 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

9 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

10 p.m. - "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006" - ABC

10 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

11 p.m. - "New Year's Eve Special" - FOX

11 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

11:30 p.m. - "New Year's Eve With Carson Daly" - NBC

11:35 p.m. - "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006" - ABC

2 a.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

3 a.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

4 a.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

JAN. 1

5 a.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO 11 a.m. - "The Making of Rose Parade 2006" - HGTV The preparations needed for the annual parade.

2 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

3 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

4 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

5 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

9 p.m. - "Great Things About the Holidays" - BRAVO

[Last modified December 6, 2005, 14:40:03]


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