12/15/2018 4:36:00 PM TV holiday joy: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Christmas Story live and more
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In need of a jolt of holiday joy? Or a comforting share of romance or silliness or spirituality?
Here are some of the highlights to consider through the holidays this year leading up to Christmas (all times EST):
— “The Christmas Chronicles,” streaming now on Netflix. A scheme by a sister and brother (Darby Camp, Judah Lewis) to get videotape of Santa (Kurt Russell) in action turns into a wild Christmas Eve. Oliver Hudson and Kimberly Williams-Paisley also star.
— “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” Monday, Dec. 17, PBS and BYUtv (check local listings). Actress-singer Sutton Foster is the guest artist and Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) is the narrator for an evening including carols and a reading of the Christmas story from the Book of Luke.
— “A Heartland Holiday Feast,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, PBS. Renowned chef Lidia Bastianich hits the road to seek holiday inspiration from different cultures and regions.
— “A Christmas Story Live!” 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Fox. Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and Jane Krakowski star in this repeat airing of the 2017 TV musical inspired by the 1983 movie and a Broadway production. Andy Walken plays BB-gun loving Ralphie.
— “A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary,” 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, CBS. The spotlight is again on adoptions of children in foster care, with families sharing their stories and music stars providing the soundtrack.
— “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, NBC. Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in Frank Capra’s 1947 fable about appreciating one’s life, whatever path it takes. Lionel Barrymore’s Mr. Potter and Henry Travers’ Clarence the angel are part of the journey.
— “That’s Entertainment!” marathon, 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, TCM. Hosts Ben Mankiewicz, Eddie Muller, Alicia Malone and Dave Karger present the trio of films that revisit the MGM studio’s glory days.
— “Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Renee Fleming,” 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. The orchestra and opera great Fleming join in a celebration of classical music and dance.
— “NBC’s New Year’s Eve,” 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, NBC. Hosts Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen will be joined by Leslie Jones in New York City, with Keith Urban hosting and performing from Nashville’s Bicentennial State Park. More artists were to be announced.
— “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019,” 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, ABC. The special hosted by Seacrest promises five-plus hours of performances and updates on celebrations around the world. Jenny McCarthy will be on hand to share her observations.
— “Great Performances from Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, PBS. Bonneville is back as host of this Vienna Philharmonic concert with conductor Christian Thielemann, featuring Strauss family waltzes and the Vienna City Ballet.