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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Hairspray Live!' on NBC, Undone podcast



Luckily, this week has a few specials to break up the monotomy of Christmas carols and on-screen holiday drama. Be sure to check out The Trans List on HBO Monday to see interviews with some of the world's most influential transgender people. And on Wednesday, the funky musical Hairspray comes to the small screen with a live show on NBC.

Watch this week


The Year Without a Santa Claus, 4 p.m., Freeform: Santa is bummed when he realizes how people behave during the holidays, so he cancels his annual visit.

The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8 p.m., ABC: In the fourth season premiere, four families compete for the top holiday display title. Homes from all over the country  including one in Florida  showcase thousands of lights, nativity scenes, trains and a Frozen castle.

The Trans List, 8 p.m., HBO: Interviews with influential transgender people who are activists, actors, entertainers and veterans. Includes chats with Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Buck Angel, Caroline Cossey and Nicole Maines.


Scrooged, 5 p.m., Freeform: Starring Bill Murray as a greedy TV executive who learns the true meaning of Christmas in this adaptation of A Christmas Carol.


Hairspray Live!, 8 p.m., NBC: A young girl with killer moves and top-notch hair shakes up a TV dance show in 1962. This live small screen adaptation of the John Waters classic film stars Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle and St. Petersburg native Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs.

NBC's 'Hairspray Live!' airs Wednesday, feeling relevant as ever 

The Legacy of Barack Obama, 9 p.m., CNN: Fareed Zakaria, host of GPS on CNN and columnist for the Washington Post, looks back on Obama's presidency.


Toy Story That Time Forgot, 8 p.m., ABC: An after-Christmas play date takes a scary turn when Woody and the gang discover toys that have become delusional about their existence.

A Christmas Story 2, 8 p.m., CMT: The sequel to the Christmas classic follows teenage Ralphie as he tries to pay for damaging his dream car.

Shrek the Halls, 8:30 p.m., ABC: Shrek, Fiona and the kids try to have a relaxing holiday, but Donkey and pals turn it into a chaotic Christmas.

The Great Holiday Baking Show, 9 p.m., ABC: Bakers must make dinner rolls with unique flavors, recreate Johnny's Christmas stollen and make elaborate bread sculptures.

Plug in


Have you ever wondered what happened to the key players in a viral story after the news dies down?

How did an anti-disco riot impact the future of popular music? What happened to the ancient remains those kids found in the Pacific Northwest in the '90s?

One of Gimlet Media's newest podcasts, Undone seeks to fill in the blanks on those stories. Many thought these big stories were over, but they were really the first steps in something larger.

The first episode dives into the story of "the day disco died" in 1979. Disco Demolition Night in Chicago was supposed to be just a silly radio stunt, but turned into a dangerous riot with fans storming the field.

But instead of wiping out disco, the genre lived on in other forms of music and can still be heard in today's pop and house music.

The next episodes tell of fights to prove ancestry from ancient remains and to establish a museum honoring the Deacons for Defense and Justice, who fought back against the Ku Klux Klan.

In the same vein as last week's podcast pick, Reveal, Undone shows there's so much more to these stories than what's seen and read on TV and the internet.

Undone also takes it a step further by giving these huge stories an intimate voice with interviews with those closest to the story and expert insights on how the events led to something more important.

Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and

Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


[Last modified: Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:16pm]


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