What to Watch Today

Grinch, Frosty, Santa and Reba, John Wilson, Baking Show Finale, Sudeikis in Heaven and More

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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.

  • Netflix
    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.

  • Netflix
    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.

  • Hulu, Peacock
    Madagascar: A Little Wild - Holiday Goose Chase

    Melman the Giraffe and friends help Hank the Goose find (and reunite with) his merry flock.

  • Netflix
    School of Chocolate

    Series premiere (all eight episodes): Eight chocolatiers compete for the title of Best in Class.

  • AMC+
    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.

  • Apple TV+
    '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.

  • Prime Video
    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+.”)

  • Hallmark Channel
    Christmas CEO

    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!)

  • Nickelodeon
    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.

  • GAC Family
    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.

  • CBS
    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.)

  • NBC
    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.

  • Lifetime
    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.

  • ABC
    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!)

  • Hallmark Channel
    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.

  • NBC
    5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas

    The animated special is based on Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon’s children’s book of the same name.

  • The CW
    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.

  • NBC
    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.)

  • HBO
    How To With John Wilson

    Season 2 premiere: After renting the same apartment for years, John contemplates becoming a homeowner.