Good Evening
Good Evening

Off the Wall: Holiday animation and Christmas TV movies

The Peanuts gang gets into the holiday spirit

The Peanuts gang gets into the holiday spirit in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Monday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m. on ABC/7.

Off the Wall calls the season official now.

HOLIDAY ANIMATION This week, the networks run the ’60s classics — “Frosty the Snowman” (Saturday night at 8, CBS/2), “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Monday 9 p.m., ABC/7, preceded by 8 p.m.’s 50th-anniversary tribute hour), “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Tuesday 8 p.m., CBS/2) and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (Wednesday 9 p.m., NBC/4) — plus relative newcomers “Toy Story That Time Forgot” and “Shrek the Halls” (Thursday 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC/7). ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas has Rankin-Bass fave “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (Tuesday 6 p.m. and midnight). Cartoon Network debuts 6:30 p.m. festive episodes of “Uncle Grandpa” (Tuesday), “Adventure Time” (Wednesday), “Teen Titans Go!” (Thursday) and “Regular Show” (Thursday), plus the miniseries “Long Live the Royals” (Monday-Thursday 7:45 p.m.). Friday’s 8-11 p.m. block of festive Fox Sunday faves leads into Adult Swim’s new “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Christmas” (Friday 11 p.m., Cartoon) with Zach Gilford and Kurtwood Smith.

CHRISTMAS TV MOVIES Candace Cameron Bure stars in “A Christmas Detour” (Saturday night at 8, Hallmark). Also: Meredith Hagner in “A Gift Wrapped Christmas” (Saturday night at 8, Lifetime), Amber Riley in “My One Christmas Wish” (Sunday night at 7, UP), Jennifer Finnigan in “Angel of Christmas” (Sunday night at 8, Hallmark) and Michelle Trachtenberg in “The Christmas Gift” (Sunday night at 9, Lifetime).

FESTIVE FILMS Catch Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone” (tonight 6 and 8:30 p.m., AMC), Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Jingle All the Way” (Saturday nightat 8, Disney; Sunday 10 p.m., ABC Family; Wednesday 8 and 10 p.m., AMC), Billy Bob Thornton in “Bad Santa” (Sunday 2 p.m., WLNY/10/55), Tim Allen in “The Santa Clause”(Wednesday 8:45 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m., ABC Family) and Will Ferrell in “Elf” (Friday 9:30 p.m., ABC Family). Wayback flicks include “The Bishop’s Wife” (Monday 4 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., thisTV) and TCM’s Friday night lineup including “It Happened on 5th Avenue” (8 p.m.) and “Meet John Doe” (10:15 p.m.).

CHRISTMAS CAROL(S) Scrooges appear in “The Odd Couple” (Sunday 10 p.m., MeTV), “The Six Million Dollar Man” (Monday 6 p.m., Esquire), Alastair Sim’s 1951 film, “A Christmas Carol” (Monday 7 a.m., 3 a.m., HMM), “Doctor Who” (Tuesday 10 a.m., BBC America), Vanessa Williams’ “A Diva’s Christmas Carol” (Wednesday 6 a.m., Hallmark), Patrick Stewart’s “A Christmas Carol” (Friday 6 p.m., thisTV), Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” (Friday 7 and 9 p.m., AMC) and “Martin” (Friday night 12:30 a.m., MTV 2).

UNSCRIPTED New holidays happen on “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” (Saturday night at 8, Science), “Long Island Medium” (Tuesday 9 p.m., TLC), and “Santas in the Barn” (Wednesday 9 p.m., truTV), a weekly Claus fantasy camp competition.


SATURDAY: “Wagon Train” (11 a.m., MeTV), “The Big Valley” (noon, MeTV), “Ozzie & Harriet” (noon-2 p.m., 2-4:30 a.m., Cozi), “Rawhide” (3 p.m., MeTV), “Wanted: Dead or Alive” (4 p.m., MeTV), “Dick Van Dyke” (5:30 p.m., also Thursday 7 a.m., Cozi), “Make Room for Daddy” (6-7 p.m., Cozi), “Starsky & Hutch” (7 p.m., also Sunday 4 p.m., Cozi), “The Facts of Life” (7:30, Logo), “Lost in Space” (midnight, MeTV), “Car 54, Where Are You?” (3 a.m., MeTV), “The Real McCoys” (4:30 a.m., Cozi).

SUNDAY: “Dobie Gillis” (5-6 a.m., MeTV), “The Lone Ranger” (6 a.m., also Monday 9 a.m., Cozi), “The Brady Bunch” (noon, MeTV), “Murder, She Wrote” (1 p.m., also Wednesday 3 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Cozi), “Baywatch” (2-4 p.m., Cozi), “Happy Days” (3 p.m., MeTV), “Laverne & Shirley” (3:30 p.m., MeTV), “The Love Boat” (3:30 p.m., MeTV), “M*A*S*H” (9:30 p.m., MeTV), “The Honeymooners” (10:30 p.m., MeTV), “Bob Newhart” (11:30 p.m., MeTV), “Mary Tyler Moore” (midnight, MeTV), “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (2 a.m., MeTV), “Four Star Playhouse” with Charles Boyer in “The Gift” (4 a.m., Cozi).

MONDAY: “The King of Queens” (9:30 a.m., TBS), “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (9 p.m., MeTV).

TUESDAY: “Highway to Heaven” (6 a.m., also Friday 7 a.m., Cozi), “The White Shadow” (9 p.m., MeTV).

WEDNESDAY: “Dragnet 1967” (11:30 a.m., Cozi), “Designing Women” (1:30 p.m., Logo), “MacGyver” (9 p.m., MeTV).

THURSDAY: “Welcome Back, Kotter” (9 p.m., MeTV).

FRIDAY:“Will & Grace” (7 p.m., Logo), “Petticoat Junction” (9 p.m., MeTV), “The Beverly Hillbillies” (9:30 p.m., MeTV).

More Lifestyle