On TV this week
Christmas Is Here Again, 8 p.m., CW Jay Leno narrates an animated story with the voices of Edward Asner, Kathy Bates, Brad Garrett, Shirley Jones and Andy Griffith about a little girl searching for Santa's lost bag of toys. And a voice cast with anyone a child would recognize.
It's a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m., NBC A small-town banker falls into despair when he realizes his business practices have nearly bankrupted him and destroyed the community he serves. But he wrote a $1.2 billion golden parachute into his contract, so he quits and gets along just fine.
A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., TBS A 9-year-old breaks from reality every waking moment to live in a fantasy world in which a rifle solves every problem he has. For 24 hours straight.
Shrek the Halls, 8:30 p.m., ABC A misunderstood, deformed hermit decries the crass commercialization of the holiday, but his posse of celebrity-voiced enablers convince him he's the one who has things all wrong. Speaking of shameless money grabs, this is followed by Shrek the Third.
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, 10 a.m., ABC While you're opening gifts and enjoying a morning at home with the kids, the Mouse House pays thousands of people minimum wage to leave their families and pretend to be the Disney Princesses for your viewing pleasure.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC A friendless shut-in with a neglected dog decides if he can't have fun on Dec. 25, no one will. That sounds much more sinister than it really is.
Horton Hears a Who!, 8 p.m., NBC A CGI elephant hears the goings-on of a tiny town of little people, all of whom somehow manage to always speak in rhyme. They seem to be unhappy about being scheduled opposite of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Doctor Who, 9 p.m., BBC America The good doctor, being the time-traveling sort he is, celebrates Christmas in 1892. Of course, Amy and Rory are gone, and a so-called "icy menace" threatens the world, so you know it's not your average holiday.
The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 9 p.m., CBS Musician Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, comic David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin all get awards, plus a seat next to President Obama. How would you like to be one of the performers who has to entertain this group?
Restaurant: Impossible, 9 p.m., Food For his 50th episode, Robert Irvine looks back at what makes the show possible. Faking credentials from a cooking career is conspicuously absent.
Top Chef: Seattle, 10 p.m., Bravo The cheftestants have to cook for what is described as "one of Seattle's hottest sports teams." Well, that can't be the Mariners, the Seahawks are only middling and the Sonics left town, so I guess the local roller-derby girls will have to do.
Cheer Perfection, 10 p.m., TLC Youth Silver gets a new coach, and it's not Jane Lynch from Glee. There is personality conflict, though, so it's not a total loss.
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., ABC Charlie Brown is supposed to write a book report on War and Peace over Christmas break, but he was too busy putting on a pageant and a dance party to do his homework. You'd think in the 26 years since this once came out, he'd have figured out a new schedule.
Project Runway All Stars, 9 p.m., Lifetime The five surviving contestants have to create a look that will end up being sold by Elie Tahari. We're thinking more Dillard's than his boutique stores.
Rocket City Rednecks, 9 p.m., NatGeo The gang designs a boar-hunting ATV for a wheelchair-bound veteran. Nothing at all sounds dangerous about that.
Wives With Beehives, 10 p.m., TLC A bunch of women who prefer to live in the 1950s and '60s get their own one-off special. That means they won't work, have husbands who cheat on them and are constantly drunk on red wine, if our Mad Men has taught us anything.
DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, 8 p.m., Fox Dragons left, people find out why, etc. When the networks keep rerunning the same holiday movies in the same year, you know there's a dearth of programming.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, 8:30 p.m., Fox Same as above, but with megafauna.
SEASON PREMIERE Say Yes to the Dress, 9 p.m., TLC Believe it or not, people are still getting married. Good thing that Mayan apocalypse thing didn't go off as planned.
SERIES PREMIERE Teen Trouble, 10 p.m., Lifetime An orphan raised in foster care becomes a behavioral specialist who helps out-of-control youth with tough love and a shade of A Christmas Carol-ish "what if?" scenarios. Like, what if your life was a reality show?
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]