On TV this Friday: The broadcast nets revisit holiday classics; Brooke Shields, Reba McEntire and the stars of One Tree Hill headline new festive flicks; and The Great British Baking Show crowns a new champion. Here are 19 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
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A Castle for Christmas
Film premiere: A famed author (Brooke Shields) travels to Scotland to buy a small castle, but the prickly owner (Princess Bride‘s Cary Elwes) is reluctant to sell.
The Great British Baking Show
Season 12 (aka “Collection 9”) finale: Chigs, Crystelle and Giuseppe compete in the final bake off; a winner is crowned.
Madagascar: A Little Wild - Holiday Goose Chase
Melman the Giraffe and friends help Hank the Goose find (and reunite with) his merry flock.
School of Chocolate
Series premiere (all eight episodes): Eight chocolatiers compete for the title of Best in Class.
South of Heaven
In this indie, an ex-con (Ted Lasso‘s Jason Sudeikis) attempts to carry out a job orchestrated by his parole officer (Fargo‘s Shea Whigham) while also caring for a dying girlfriend (Lost‘s Evangeline Lilly); Mike Colter (Evil) co-stars.
'Twas the Fight Before Christmas
The docu focuses on Christmas-loving lawyer Jeremy Morris, who turns his North Idaho neighborhood upside down in an attempt to bring yuletide cheer to all.
The Wheel of Time
As Moiraine struggles with uncertainty, Lan struggles with their new companion. (First three episodes earned an average reader grade of “B+.”)
TV-movie premiere: A toy company CEO needs the signature of her ex-business partner to finalize a merger; Marisol Nichols (Riverdale) and Paul Greene (When Calls the Heart) star. (Christmas Movie Guide!)
A Loud House Christmas
TV-movie premiere: The Emmy-winning ‘toon gets a live-action treatment, as Lincoln Loud teams with BFF Clyde to keep his family together for Christmas.
Angel Falls Christmas
TV-movie premiere: A workaholic ER doc (90210‘s Jessica Lowndes) has little time for Christmas spirit; Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) co-stars.
Frosty the Snowman
In this 1969 cartoon, comedian Jackie Vernon voices the titular snowman, who sets off for the North Pole to keep from melting. (Frosty Returns follows at 8:30.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The classic cartoon follows the title character (voiced by Boris Karloff) on his mission to steal Christmas customs from the people of Whoville.
Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune
TV-movie premiere: An estranged singing duo (McEntire and Dukes of Hazard‘s John Schneider) reunite when their daughter (Vampire Diaries‘ Candice King) asks them to participate in a charity concert.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
This 1970 Rankin/Bass stop-motion classic follows a young Kris Kringle as he thwarts the evil Burgermeister Meisterburger. (Christmas Classics Guide!)
An Unexpected Christmas
TV-movie premiere: A writer (Letterkenny‘s Tyler Hynes) convinces his ex-girlfriend (One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz) to pose as a couple for Christmas.
5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas
The animated special is based on Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon’s children’s book of the same name.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Based on the goofy holiday song, this animated special follows young Jake Spankenheimer’s adventure to find his missing g’ma and prove that Santa is real.
Trolls Holiday in Harmony
Queen Poppy plans the first annual Trolls Kingdom Secret Holiday Gift Swap. (Saturday Night Live Christmas follows at 9:30 pm.)
How To With John Wilson
Season 2 premiere: After renting the same apartment for years, John contemplates becoming a homeowner.