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Dynasty's XL Return, Annie Live Encore and More

Dynasty Season 5

On TV this Monday: The CW’s Dynasty returns for Season 5, NBC revisits its recent staging of Annie, and Nick Cannon headlines a VH1 Christmas movie. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • Netflix
    Elite Short Stories

    When Samuel faces possible eviction, Omar proposes an idea to raise money.

  • NBC
    Annie Live

    Encore presentation: Celina Smith (Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan) takes on the title role opposite Harry Connick Jr. (Will & Grace) as Daddy Warbucks and Taraji P. Henson (Empire) as Miss Hannigan. (Live Musicals, Ranked!)

  • LIfetime
    Candy Cane Candidate

    TV-movie premiere: A natural-born leader (Shadowhunters‘ Jacky Lai) goes up against her high school rival (Degrassi‘s Jake Epstein) in their hometown’s mayoral election. (Christmas Movie Guide!)

  • The CW

    Season 5 premiere (two episodes): As fallout from Blake’s gala finally begins to settle, he and Cristal get to work on the phase of his campaign. Then at 9 pm, the Carringtons ring in the holidays. (Watch trailer.)

  • CBS
    One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

    Encore presentation: Bennett, 95, is accompanied by Gaga for his last concert before retiring from touring.

  • Fox
    The Secrets of Christmas: Revealed

    Produced for Tubi, this two-hour special “exposes earth-shattering revelations of how Santa Claus pulls off the most magical day of the year.”

  • Food Network
    Holiday Baking Championship

    Season 8 finale: The most successful cake maker is deemed Holiday Baking Champion and walks away with $25,000.

    Monday Night Football

    The Chicago Bears (4-9) host the Minnesota Vikings (6-7), live at Soldier Field.

  • HBO

    In the season’s penultimate hour, Lancing and Wilkie’s focus shifts to Christopher’s past and his tendency to go too far for those he loves.

  • VH1
    Miracle Across 125th Street

    TV-movie premiere: After overcoming drug addiction, a Harlem rapper (played by writer/director Nick Cannon) returns to his family’s church to confront his past.

  • HBO
    Reopening Night

    The 90-minute documentary follows the cast, crew and staff of the Public Theater as they prepare to mount a production of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives — the first live performance since COVID (first) shut down live theater in New York City.