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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Monday on TV: 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is still a charmer

A Charlie Brown Christmas (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) has been digitally remastered. Not that it matters much.

You can't remaster charm. And this 1965 special has loads of that.

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The words "timeless classic" are flung around far too easily for things that clearly aren't, but this is. This animated special about the true meaning of Christmas is as fresh as it was nearly half a century ago.

OK, the animation itself is pretty old school, but that's part of the charm. And what with the remastering, it's great-looking old-school animation.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NFL (6:25 p.m., ESPN): New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

How I Met Your Mother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Barney wants to combine the rehearsal dinner with laser tag.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Classic animation. (Repeat)

The Voice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The top six perform.

Almost Human (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Kennex and Dorian get caught up in a drug case.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz

Major Crimes (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): The squad tracks a missing ex-con.

2 Broke Girls (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Caroline goes to her former nanny's funeral.

Mike & Molly (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Molly and Joyce spy on a neighbor.

CMA Country Christmas (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories.

Mom (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Violet struggles with her pregnancy.

Hostages (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Duncan goes after the snipers.

The Blacklist (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Liz manages to disarm the signal jammers and call in backup.

Rick and Morty (11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network): New animated series about a scientist and his alcoholic grandfather.



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