LOS ANGELES (AP) – Supply chain troubles are this year’s Grinch, threatening to steal gifts and good spirits. But television is overflowing with Christmas specials and rom-coms – including the Food Network’s first film and the renamed GAC Family channel’s Christmas debut.
There are options to watch some old favorites like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from 1965. The Peanuts special airs on PBS and can be seen on Apple TV +, which acquired the 2020 classic. The free viewing window that the streaming service offered for this was then closed this year.
In a twist for the Food Network film, its debut is on Discovery of Company Siblings +. The streaming service has a free trial option so you can enjoy the gift, like Santa Claus scoring courtesy cookies, for as long as it takes.
Here is a selection of what to see while sipping nog and nibbling on toasted chestnuts – if available on store shelves. All broadcast times are Eastern.
âA Rich Christmasâ is now streamed on BET +. A selfish celebrity gets a new perspective on life when she is forced to work in a family homeless shelter. Bill Bellamy and Tyler Abron star.
Candy Coated Christmas, Discovery +, Friday November 19th. Molly McCook plays an executive whose life takes a detour when she visits the town of Peppermint Hollow. Ree Drummond (Food Networks âThe Pioneer Womanâ) plays the local baker.
“A Kind Hearted Christmas,” GAC (formerly Great American Country) Family, Saturday, November 20. A woman wants to emulate the generosity of her late husband and bring joy to others and perhaps herself. Jennie Garth stars.
“Kiss Before Christmas,” Hallmark Channel, Sunday, November 21st James Denton, Teri Hatcher and Marilu Henner star in the story of a man who gets the alternative life he wants and tries to give it back.
“Who is Christmas Eve?” Bounce, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 21. A young woman (Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd), abandoned as an infant, researches her past with the help of her boyfriend (Romeo Miller) and a researching genealogist.
“Romance in the Wilds,” Fox Nation, Thursday November 25th. A ranger and geologist (Kaitlyn Leeb, Victor Zinck Jr.) team up to escape wildfire. Does love ignite? The actors also star in Fox Nations “Christmas in the Wilds,” which comes out on the same day.
Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune, Lifetime, 8pm Friday, November 26th Georgia (McEntire) and Joe (John Schneider) split as a couple and singing duo years ago, but their daughter wants a charity reunion.
“Christmas Again,” Disney Channel, Friday, December 3rd. Teenage girl Rowena is caught reliving the holidays after wishing she could get her life back before her parents divorced. Scarlett Estevez Stars.
It’s a Wonderful Life, NBC, Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 pm and Friday, December 24th. Jimmy Stewart plays a desperate man who, with the help of the aspiring angel Clarence, finds value in his life.
“Our Christmas Journey,” Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10:01 pm Saturday, December 4th Holly Robinson Peete plays a single mother who faces an independent new chapter for her teenage son with autism and herself. Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, are parents to a son with autism. The actor said on Twitter, “I’ve wanted to make a movie about an #autistic family who does #Christmas transitions for a while now.”
“The Christmas Thief,” ION Television, 8pm Sunday, December 5th. An inexperienced private investigator, home over the holidays, trying to solve break-ins blamed on Santa Claus, runs into a local detective. Michelle Borth and Vivica A. Fox co-stars.
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âIHeartRadio Holiday Specialâ, the iHeartRadio app, YouTube and Facebook pages. 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 24th. Mario Lopez is hosting a virtual concert with Train, Kelly Clarkson, Michael BublÃ© and Pentatonix.
“CMA Country Christmas”, ABC, Monday, November 30th, 9 pm. Performers and songs are Kelsea Ballerini (“Santa Baby”), Gabby Barrett (“The First Noel”), Lady A (“Wonderful Christmastime”) and Little Big Stadt (“Christmas time is here”).
Kelly Clarkson Presents When Christmas Comes Around, NBC, 10pm Wednesday, December 1. Clarkson is holding a special that features music, celebrates traditions, and gives to those in need.
âChristmas under the starsâ, BYUtv, Sunday, December 5th, 7 pm, and in the BYUtv app. The a cappella group Pentatonix mixes popular melodies and Christmas carols with songs from their new Christmas album “Evergreen”.
âMichael BublÃ©’s Christmas in the Cityâ, NBC, 10pm Monday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 22nd The pop singer is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his album âChristmasâ with music and comedy.
â20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir,â PBS, Monday December 13th and Friday December 24th (times see local list). Brian Stokes Mitchell tells a retrospective of performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and dozens of other artists.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, now on Apple TV + and PBS, Sunday December 19 (check local entries for the time). Is it about the goods or cordiality at Christmas? The question unsettles Charlie Brown.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” CBS, 8pm Monday November 22nd A reindeer thinks it’s worth being different in this 1964 special based on the Johnny Marks song and told by Burl Ives .
“Mary McCartney Serves It Up,” Discovery +, Tuesday, Nov. 23. In four new vacation episodes, the British cookbook author enjoys meatless meals with guests like her famous father Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, NBC, Friday November 26th and Saturday, December 25th, 8:00 pm. Horror film king Boris Karloff provided the voice for Dr. Seuss’ infamous Grinch for the lingering 1966 cartoon.
â’Twas the Fight Before Christmas,â Apple TV +, Friday, November 26th. A documentary about an Idaho neighborhood that became a battlefield for a man with a great vacation obsession and his enemies, aka other homeowners.
“A Home for the Holidays,” CBS, 9pm Sunday, December 5th. In the 23rd annual broadcast of the special, inspiring stories from young people from foster families are combined with performances by pop artists.