Holiday TV, all week long

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Bill Cosby's "Fat Albert Christmas Special." Photo Credit: NBC

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Diane Werts Newsday columnist Diane Werts

Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV

Happy holidays -- all week long!


Nonstop holiday shows (through Tuesday) -- ABC Family, GMC, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime.

Black-cast sitcoms (Saturday till midnight, also Tuesday 6 a.m.-midnight, TV One) -- "Jeffersons," "Amen," "Different World," "Martin," more.

Sitcoms circa '90s(Monday-Tuesday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Reelz) -- "Becker," "Spin City," "Wings," "Cheers," more.

Vintage holidays '50s-'90s (Monday 11 a.m.-Tuesday night midnight, Antenna TV) -- "All in the Family," "WKRP," "Burns & Allen," "Hitchcock," "Flying Nun," "Monkees," more.

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Recent sitcoms (Monday 9 p.m.-Tuesday night midnight, TV Land) -- "Raymond," "King of Queens," "Nanny," "Cosby Show," more.

Animated holidays -- Boomerang (Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Cartoon (Monday 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday 6 a.m.-noon).


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Vintage gems-- Boris Karloff's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" (Saturday at 6, Cartoon; Tuesday 8 p.m., ABC/7); Bill Cosby's "Fat Albert Christmas Special" (Saturday at 7, Sunday 9 a.m., 7 p.m., Monday 3 p.m., Tuesday 11 p.m., Bounce); "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" (Saturday at 8, NBC/4).

Newer faves -- Matt Groening's "Olive the Other Reindeer" (Saturday 4:30 p.m., Monday 9:30 a.m., Cartoon); "Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (Saturday at 8, ABC/7); "He-Man and She-Ra" (Saturday at 8, Monday 9 p.m., New York Nonstop); "Futurama" (Saturday midnight-1 a.m., WPIX/11); "Animaniacs" (Monday 4-5 p.m., 5:30, 7 p.m., Hub); "Prep &Landing" and "Shrek the Halls" (Monday 8-9 p.m., ABC/7); "It's a SpongeBob Christmas" (Tuesday 9, 11:30 a.m., 7:30, 10:30 p.m., Nickelodeon); "Batman: The Animated Series" (Tuesday 7-8 p.m., 1-2 a.m., Hub).


Multiple episodes -- "Home Improvement" (Sunday 7-8:30 a.m., Monday 7:30-8:30 a.m., TBS); "Boy Meets World" (Monday 7-9 a.m., ABC Family); "Roseanne" (Monday 4:15-6 p.m., CMT); "M*A*S*H" (Monday 6-7:30 p.m., TV Land); "Sabrina" (Tuesday 7-10 a.m., Hub); "Malcolm in the Middle" (Tuesday 6:30-8 p.m., IFC); "South Park" (Tuesday 9 p.m.-midnight, Comedy Central).

Other highlights -- "Married With Children" (Saturday 1 p.m., ion/31); standup from "Jeff Dunham" (Sunday 6:55, 8:55 p.m., Tuesday 10:30 a.m., 3:30, 8 p.m., Comedy Central) and "Denis Leary" (Monday night 3:30 a.m., Comedy Central); "Seinfeld" (Monday 3:30 p.m., TBS; Tuesday 11:30 p.m., WPIX/11); "The Simpsons" (Monday-Tuesday 7 p.m., WNYW/5); "2 Broke Girls" (Monday 9 p.m., CBS/2).

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"Doctor Who: The Snowmen" (Tuesday 9 p.m., BBC America) premieres after show's Christmas marathon. Also: "Touched by an Angel" (Saturday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., GMC); "Bones" (Sunday 5 p.m., WWOR/9); "Lois & Clark" (Sunday 8-11 p.m., 11-2 a.m., Tuesday 8-10 p.m., Hub); "NCIS" (Monday 4-7 p.m., USA; Tuesday 8 p.m., CBS/2); "Sliders" (Monday 11 p.m., Tuesday 5 a.m., Hub); "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" (Tuesday 2, 9 p.m., WLIW/21); "Warehouse 13" (Tuesday 8-10 a.m., 11-1 a.m., Syfy); "Haven" (Tuesday night 1 a.m., Syfy); "Eureka" (Tuesday night 2-4 a.m., Syfy); "Twilight Zone" (Tuesday night 4 a.m., Syfy).


"Lawrence Welk" (Saturday at 6, Monday 2 p.m., WLIW/21); "CMA Country Christmas" (Saturday 9-11 p.m., ABC/7); "LadyAntebellum" (Saturday at 9, 1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m., Monday 11 p.m., Tuesday noon, 7 p.m., GAC); Christmas music "Yule Log" (Monday 8 p.m., Tuesday 6 a.m., GMC); "Andy Williams" (Monday 8 p.m., Tuesday night 2:30 a.m., WNET/13); "Rod Stewart" (Monday 9 p.m., WNET/13); classic "Pop-Up Video" (Tuesday 8:30 a.m., VH1 Classic); "Blake Shelton" (Tuesday 10 p.m., NBC/4).


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Highlights include "Meet John Doe" (Saturday 1 p.m., WPIX/11; Monday 7 a.m., TCM); Rod Serling's "Carol for Another Christmas" (Saturday 4:15 p.m., TCM); "It's a Wonderful Life" (Monday 8 p.m., NBC/4); Bing Crosby's "Holiday Inn" (Monday 10 p.m., Encore Family) and "White Christmas" (Monday 1:45 p.m., AMC).

Also: 1947's "Miracle on 34th Street" (Saturday 5:45 p.m., 1 a.m., Sunday all day, Monday 7, 9:15 p.m., AMC); triple feature of "Santa Clause" (Saturday 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday 3-9 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., ABC Family); "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (Sunday 3 p.m., Tuesday 1 p.m., WPIX/11); "Roots: The Gift" (Sunday night 1:30 a.m., Monday 11 p.m., BET); "A Christmas Story" (Monday 8 p.m., then every 2 hours for 24 hours, TBS).


Playing Scrooge -- Patrick Stewart (Saturday at 3 p.m., Monday 9 p.m., TNT); Bill Murray's "Scrooged" (Saturday 11 p.m., HBO Family; Tuesday 9 a.m., 8 p.m., HBO Comedy); George C. Scott in "A Christmas Carol" (Monday 4:30 p.m., AMC); Susan Lucci's "Ebbie" (Monday 11 p.m., INSP); Reginald Owen (Monday night 4 a.m., AMC).

Animated -- Mickey Mouse (Saturday 11 a.m., ABC Family); Smurfs (Saturday 6:30 p.m., Monday 6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m., Cartoon); Mr. Magoo (Saturday 8 p.m., NBC/4).

TV episodes -- "Family Ties" (Sunday night 2:30 a.m., Hub); "Doctor Who" (Tuesday 8 a.m., 2 p.m., BBC America); "Sanford & Son" (Tuesday 2:30 p.m., Antenna); "WKRP" (Tuesday 9:30 p.m., Antenna).


"Friends" (Sunday 11 p.m.-12:05 a.m., Monday midnight-1 a.m., Tuesday 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Nick at Nite; Monday 4-6 p.m., TBS)

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (Monday 1:30-3:30 p.m., TBS)

"George Lopez" (Monday night 1-3 a.m., Nick at Nite)

And another marathon of sitcoms: Monday 8 p.m.-7 a.m., Tuesday 8 p.m.-6 a.m., Nick at Nite

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