TVLine Items: One Direction's NBC Special, Bridge Star's New Gig and More

One Direction Christmas Special

NBC is enlisting five elves to help raise a little Christmas spirit next month — five dreamy, internationally acclaimed elves.

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The boys of One Direction announced on Wednesday that they’ll be performing in a holiday special for NBC (Dec. 23, 8/7c), simply titled One Direction: The TV Special.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Thomas M. Wright, formerly of FX’s cancelled The Bridge, will co-star in the WGN America drama Outsiders, our sister site Deadline reports. Previously referred to as Titans, the new series focuses on a clash of clans in the hills of Appalachia. Wright will play Sheriff Houghton.

* ABC Family has set an air date for its sitcoms’ Christmas specials: Melissa & Joey‘s will air at 8 pm on Dec. 10, followed by Baby Daddy‘s at 8:30 pm.

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* Season 5 of VH1’s Mob Wives will premiere Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 9 pm.

* The second season of Hulu’s The Wrong Mans will premiere Dec. 24.