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What to watch on TV this week: Holiday specials, Bill Nye, King Arthur and much more

December 24, 2017 Updated: December 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm
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photo - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE -- Pictured: James Stewart, Donna Reed -- NBC Photo
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE -- Pictured: James Stewart, Donna Reed -- NBC Photo 

Sunday 
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (7 p.m., NBC) - Frank Capra’s classic stars Oscar nominee Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a decent small-town banker who learns what life would have been like if he’d never been born.  

“Beauty and the Beast” (7 p.m., ABC) - Superlative Oscar nominated animated musical about the romance between a French belle and a prince who’s been hideously transformed by a magic spell. 

Monday 
“Fireplace” (Netflix) - Spend Christmas day with a crackling fire, even if you don’t have an actual fireplace. 

“Showtime at the Apollo: Christmas” (7 p.m., Fox, Holiday Special) - The nation’s top musical acts perform Christmas songs including Snoop Dogg, Fifth Harmony, and Boyz II Men. 

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (7:30 p.m., NBC) - Jim Carrey stars as the mean, green Grinch in director Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s fantasy. 

Tuesday
“Ellen’s Game of Games” (7 p.m., NBC, Series Premiere) - In the series premiere, contestants compete for prizes in a series of games taken from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”  

“Kennedy Center Honors” (8 p.m., CBS, Special) - The 40th annual celebration in Washington, D.C. honors dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist and actor LL Cool J, producer Norman Lear, and musician Lionel Richie. 

Wednesday 
“Foster Farms Bowl” (6:30 p.m., Fox) - Arizona vs Purdue, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. 

“Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” (6:20 p.m., HBO) - Because sometimes you need to see superheroes fight each other, watch this 2016 film where Batman and Superman clash over differing philosophies but unite over both having a mother named Martha. 

Thursday 
“Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story ” (7 p.m., Fox, Documentary) - A reunion featuring artists from Bad Boy Records, the popular hip hop label. The documentary celebrates the history and impact of Bad Boy and follows Sean Combs as he prepares for the reunion concert. 

“Top Chef Colorado” (8 p.m., Bravo) - The fourth episode of the season is titled, “Little Tools, Big Challenge.” I’m guessing quail eggs will have to be used instead of chicken eggs in a challenge.  

Friday 
“Bill Nye Saves the World” (Netflix, Season Premiere) - The Emmy nominated host, educator, and engineer returns to dispel myths and to refute anti-scientific claims in season two.  

“The Take” (8 p.m., HBO) - I caught this film last week but if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. In this action flick set in Paris, a maverick CIA agent (Idris Elba) forges an unlikely bond with a pickpocket (Richard Madden) as they investigate a terrorist conspiracy targeting the city’s Bastille Day celebrations. 

Saturday 
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (6 p.m., HBO) - Arthur draws Excalibur from the stone in this retelling of the legend. Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law star. 

“Slumdog Millionaire” (6:55 p.m., Cinemax West) - Think life is rough? Watch this powerful Best Picture winner about an illiterate orphan from he slums of India who is on the verge of winning the ultimate prize on a popular TV quiz show and feel better. Jai ho!

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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