Last Updated Nov 26, 2015 01:05AM

It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Mr. Grinch! But there are newcomers as …

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  • TV preview: ‘The Wiz Live!’ comes to NBC
    If we judge by NBC’s productions of “Peter Pan” and “The Sound of Music,” the three-hour “The Wiz Live!” will be too long. But it’s great that the net...
    Updated Nov 26 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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    Thanksgiving on TV: Parade, football, dogs and a Mormon documentary about a Catholic saint
    It’s Thanksgiving Day, and the TV schedule is highlighted by a parade, football and dogs. Oh, and a Mormon-made documentary about a Catholic saint. Re...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 02:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: PBS has Einstein and Fox has ‘Empire’
    One of the great things about TV is the variety it affords viewers. As clearly demonstrated tonight. On KUED, we’ve got “Nova” (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) and...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 01:49 pm   |     |   Share
  •   The Peanuts gang break into song in ’A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Courtesy  |  United Features Syndicate Inc. 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is back for its 50th anniversary
    Over the past half-century, no TV show has become more a part of the holidays in America than “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” “Christmastime does not beg...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 05:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • Behind the scenes on “Mom,” including executive producer Chuck Lorre and Allison Janney. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS Scott D. Pierce: Let’s hear it for sitcoms that deliver laughs
    No TV producer is more successful than Chuck Lorre. Not only does he have three hit sitcoms on the air now — “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly” and...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 02:19 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: Did early American settlers survive by cannibalism?
    Well, here’s something they didn’t teach us in school about early America settlers. They might have eaten each other. This week’s episode of “Secrets ...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: CBS will air the delayed episodes of ‘Supergirl’ and ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’
    CBS is airing the episodes of “Supergirl” and “CSI: Los Angeles” that were originally scheduled to air last week — but were delayed in the wake of the...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 11:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Philip Winchester starred in ’The Player,’ which aired its final episode on Nov. 19. Greg Gayne  |  NBC Scott D. Pierce: Is your favorite show going to get the ax?
    Will your favorite show be back next season? Or is it headed for the TV trash heap? It’s certainly a bit early to say (in many cases), but here’s a s...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 11:53 am   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: Lots of local football, and Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ starts streaming
    There’s a lot of local football on TV this weekend, both high school and college. On Friday, KJZZ-Ch. 14 will telecast the 3AA title game (Dixie vs. L...
    Updated Nov 20 2015 11:59 am   |     |   Share
  • John Carver (Ron Livingston), left, greets Massasoit (Raoul Trujillo) in “Saints & Strangers.” Courtesy  |  National Geographic Channel National Geographic’s ‘Saints & Strangers’ tells the real story of Thanksgiving
    Acting in a period piece is nothing new for Vincent Kartheiser. He did, after all, spend seven seasons playing often-amoral ad man Pete Campbell in th...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 08:42 am   |     |   Share
  •   Zeljko Ivanek as Chief of Staff  Russell Jackson, Keith Carradine as President Conrad Dalton, and Téa Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. Sarah Shatz  |  CBS TV preview: Subterfuge, spies on ‘Madam Secretary’
    CBS’ “Madam Secretary” exists in sort of a parallel universe. It’s fictional, of course, but events parallel reality — like last week’s reopening of t...
    Updated Nov 19 2015 10:50 am   |     |   Share
  • Former ’Two and a Half Men’ star Charlie Sheen, right, is interviewed by Matt Lauer, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 on NBC’s ’Today’ in New York. In the interview, the 50-year-old Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS. (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP) Scott D. Pierce: Charlie Sheen heroic? Hasn’t happened yet
    Three decades ago, Rock Hudson was hailed as a hero when he went public with his HIV-positive status. After Charlie Sheen made the same admission, som...
    Updated Nov 19 2015 10:49 am   |     |   Share
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    Craig Sjodin  |  ABC  ’The Middle’ stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Atticus Shaffer as Brick, Eden Sher as Sue, and Neil Lynn as Mike. Wednesday on TV: ABC sitcoms get to Turkey Day a week early
    There’s a whole lot of Thanksgiving going on at ABC — in the network’s four Wednesday-night sitcoms that is. • On “The Middle” (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4), th...
    Updated Nov 18 2015 11:37 am   |     |   Share
  • Alexa Davalos stars as Juliana Crain in “The Man in The High Castle.”  Photo: Amazon What if America lost WWII? — the alternative history of ‘The Man in the High Castle’
    “The Man in the High Castle” creates a world almost unimaginable to American viewers — a United States that has been defeated by Nazi Germany and Impe...
    Updated Nov 19 2015 10:50 am   |     |   Share
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    TV review: ‘Chicago Med’ isn’t awful — it’s just another medical drama
    “Chicago Fire” is a decent, if underwhelming and unoriginal, TV show about firefighters. “Chicago P.D.” is a decent, if underwhelming and unoriginal, ...
    Updated Nov 17 2015 02:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Mukesh Singh is one of the men convicted of the gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. He’s been sentenced to death.  Courtesy PBS Tuesday on TV: ‘India’s Daughter’ is gripping; ‘Chicago Med’ is not
    “Independent Lens” (11 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) is an hourlong film that’s hard to watch, but you’ll find it difficult to look away. “India’s Daughter” is the...
    Updated Nov 17 2015 02:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, in ’Supergirl.’  Photo: Darren Michaels/CBS Monday on TV: CBS switches ‘Supergirl,’ ‘NCIS: L.A.’ episodes after Paris terrorist attacks
    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, CBS has switched out the episodes of “Supergirl” (7 p.m., Ch. 2) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9 p...
    Updated Nov 16 2015 12:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   (Clockwise from top left) Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia and Sean Giambrone star in the new ABC comedy “The Goldbergs.” Scott D. Pierce: ‘The Goldbergs’ undies will make you laugh — and squirm
    ABC’s “The Goldbergs” is a one of TV’s better comedies. One of the better family sitcoms of the last decade, for that matter. It’s based on creator/...
    Updated Nov 16 2015 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Shonda Rhimes arrives at the 8th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rhimes has a candid new memoir, ’Year of Yes’ (Simon & Schuster) outTuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) How Shonda Rhimes broke out of her shell
    Shonda Rhimes, who owns ABC’s Thursday night (with hit dramas “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder”), had found comfort and re...
    Updated Nov 20 2015 06:01 pm   |     |   Share
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    Aramis Knight as M.K in ìInto the Badlands.î  Photo Credit: James Minchin III/AMC This weekend on TV: Go ‘Into the Badlands’ on AMC
    There’s a bit of a local tie to the new AMC series “Into the Badlands” (Sunday, 11 p.m.) — 17-year-old local Ally Ioannides is in the cast. But what r...
    Updated Nov 13 2015 02:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This undated file photo shows Adolf Hitler, right, and his mistress Eva Braun posing on the Terrace of the Berghof, in Berchtesgeden, Germany. American television viewers get their first chance to see and hear Hitler’s inner circle describe the dictator’s final hours in filmed interviews when “The Day Hitler Died” premieres on the Smithsonian Channel on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT. Hitler shot himself alongside Braun, the longtime mistress who took a poison capsule and died beside Hitler the day after they were married. (AP Photo, File) Film of Hitler confidants set for Smithsonian Channel debut
    American television viewers get their first chance to see and hear Adolf Hitler’s inner circle describe the dictator’s final hours in filmed interview...
    Updated Nov 13 2015 05:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Brigham Young head coach Dave Rose shouts to his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) TV preview: It’s local vs. local x 4 on Utah basketball courts
    The college basketball season has just barely gotten going, but there are four games on Friday of particular interest to fans here in the Beehive Stat...
    Updated Nov 13 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Candle-lit vigils were held throughout India to mourn the death of Jyoti Singh on 29th December 2012.  Courtesy  |  NDTV Rapists without remorse, ‘India’s Daughter’ highlights global problem
    “India’s Daughter” is utterly shocking, completely appalling and often difficult to watch — although you can hardly take your eyes off it. It’s the st...
    Updated Nov 16 2015 09:06 am   |     |   Share
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    Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik star in ’The Big Bang Theory’ Photo: CBS Thursday on TV: There’s online dating and spying on ‘The Big Bang Theory’
    Sheldon and Amy’s break-up has provided plenty of comedic fodder this season on “The Big Bang Theory” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), and that continues this wee...
    Updated Nov 12 2015 11:57 am   |     |   Share