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What to watch on TV this week: ‘A Christmas Story Live,' a Will Smith film debuts on Netflix, and much more

December 17, 2017 Updated: December 17, 2017 at 9:31 am
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A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!, airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw/ FOX

Sunday 
“A Christmas Story Live” (6 p.m., Fox, Special Event) - A live musical adaptation of the iconic film and Broadway production about an American family during the Christmas season in the 1950s. Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, and Jane Krakowski star. 

“Search Party” (8:30 p.m., TBS, Season Finale) - The gangs ties up loose ends in their lives before facing the sobering reality that they might all go to jail by midnight, leaving it up to Dory to figure something out. 

Monday 
“Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic” (6 p.m., Freeform, Holiday Event) - Watch how the holiday magic and spirit come to life as the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks and hotels are transformed into Christmas themes overnight. 

“Gunpowder” (8 p.m., HBO, Mini-series premiere) - A three-part series recounting the Gunpowder Plot in the early 17th century, when a group of Catholics conspired to overthrow King James I (not LeBron). Stars Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, and Mark Gatiss. 

Tuesday
“Major Crimes” (8 p.m., TNT) - Sharon Raydor must make decisions related to her ongoing health problems during the show’s 100th episode. 

“The Year: 2017” (8 p.m., ABC, Year End Special) - A look back at the year’s historic and memorable moments in politics, pop culture, and more. 

Wednesday 
“Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS, Season Finale) - “Survivor” takes over CBS tonight. Up first, a two-hour finale followed by a one hour reunion show. My money is on Chrissy winning. 

“Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC, Season Premiere) - In the ninth season opener, the family go on a houseboat vacation at Jay’s behest. Meanwhile, Mitchell runs into an old flame and Phil and Claire try out some adventurous excursions. 

Thursday 
“Peaky Blinders” (Netflix, Season Premiere) - In season four, Oscar winner Adrien Brody plays a Sicilian gangster and Aiden Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) is a gypsy hitman. Sounds like trouble. 

“CMA Country Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC, Holiday Special) - Reba McEntire hosts and performs on the eighth annual event, which also features Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood and many more. 

“Top Chef Colorado” (8 p.m., Bravo) - A food truck challenge takes place in Boulder during the third episode of the season. 

Friday 
“Bright” (Netflix, Film Premiere) - Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (“Suicide Squad,” “End of Watch,” writer of “Training Day”) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it.

“Fuller House” (Netflix, Season Premiere) - The family experiences a new year of life’s moments big and small from the start of a new school year, to budding romances to coming together for the holidays. 

Saturday 
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” (6 p.m., HBO) - In this drama based on a true story, a husband and wife in Nazi-occupied Poland use their positions as caretakers at the Warsaw Zoo to shepherd Jews out of the country. 

“Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007” (7:45 p.m., EPIX) - A look at the James Bond movie franchise, which began in 1962 with “Dr. No.” This is a re-airing of a documentary that ran in 2012 but if you’re a fan of Bond, it’s worth your time. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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