Muppets join Lady Gaga for holidays

This is Part 2 of the roundup of holiday specials coming up on TV. Part 1, on Wednesday’s TV page, listed the movies and TV classics.

By Diane Werts


All kinds of TV episodes celebrate Christmas in all sorts of ways: a fantasy-football Hanukkah, a duck-call Christmas, a newly colorized Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.

And that’s just on this season’s linear television channels.

Turn to cable on-demand, DVD or online video, and you’ve got hundreds of celebratory options, anytime you want to watch.

Here are the music specials and TV episodes geared toward the holidays.


Tonight: “Lady Gaga &the Muppets Holiday Spectacular” (Elton John, RuPaul), 9:30 to 11 p.m., ABC.

Monday: “CMA Country Christmas,” 9 p.m., ABC.

Wednesday: “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m., NBC.

Dec. 11: “Kelly Clarkson Christmas Special,” 10 p.m., NBC.

Dec. 18: “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” (Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Fall Out Boy), 8 p.m., CW/11; “Michael Buble Christmas Special,” 10 p.m., NBC.

Dec. 20: “Christmas in Washington,” 8 p.m., TNT.

New TV episodes

Dec. 9 to 23: “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 9 p.m., ABC.

Dec. 11: “Melissa &Joey” (8 p.m.) and “Baby Daddy” (8:30 p.m.), ABC Family.

Dec. 11: “Duck Dynasty,” 10 p.m., A&E

Encore episodes

Wednesday: “Saturday Night Live” Christmas, 10 p.m., NBC.

Dec. 20: “I Love Lucy” colorized, 8 p.m., CBS.

Dec. 24: “Father Knows Best” kicks off two days of various round-the-clock vintage holiday episodes, Antenna TV.

Dec. 25: “The Twilight Zone,” 8 and 8:30 a.m., Syfy.

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