On TV this Christmas: Truth Be Told has no reason for holiday cheer, Doctor Who meets the husbands of River Song, IFC says “Hello, Wisconsin” and Andy Griffith is in quite the pickle. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
Doctor Who Christmas Special, Andy Griffith and More
That '70s Show Marathon
Through Saturday at 9 am | Spend 27 hours in
Eric ForemanEric Foreman’s basement. (Thankfully, not a single Josh Meyers episode is scheduled.)
Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration
Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Seal, Reba McEntire, Andy Grammer, Charlie Puth, Tori Kelly, Charles Perry and the cast of Descendants are scheduled to appear.
Through 10 pm | James St. Patrick’s attempt to go legitimate doesn’t get any easier in Season 2 of the 50 Cent-produced drama.
CMA Country Christmas
ICYMI: Jennifer Nettles hosts as Jewel, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker and many, many others perform classic holiday hits.
The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball
ICYMI: Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, The Weeknd and Calvin Harris perform; Z100’s Elvis Duran hosts.
The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special
Two (colorized) episodes: First up, Andy looks after a prisoner in custody on Christmas. Later, Aunt Bee cooks up a tasteless platter of pickles.
Truth Be Told
Season finale (two episodes): First up, Mitch accuses a restaurateur of discrimination. Then at 8:30 pm, gossip threatens to derail Derek and Charlene’s wedding. (Get status.)
Coat of Many Colors
ICYMI: A young Dolly Parton (Alyvia Alyn Lind, The Young and the Restless) attempts to overcome tragedy with the power of faith and love in 1955 Tennessee; Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Gerald McRaney (Simon & Simon) and Ricky Schroder (NYPD Blue) co-star.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Poplar prepares for Christmas; a grieving mother receives an unexpected surprise; Nonnatus is shaken by a disappearance.
The Doctor’s Christmas on a remote human colony is disrupted when River Song (recurring guest star Alex Kingston) turns up with a request.