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“Joe Bob’s Gaultide Get-Together” (Shodder): “The Last Drive” Joe Bob Briggs goes down the chimney with a double bill of Shiny B movie chillers.

“1923” (Paramount+): Greetings, sympathy! Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren lead Fort Dutton during the Great Depression in the latest prequel to the “Yellowstone” franchise.

FIFA World Cup (FOX, Telemundo, 10 a.m. ET): Argentina faces France in the final of the quadrennial soccer tournament in Qatar.

“When Christmas Was Young” (CBS, 8 p.m.): A singer-songwriter (Karen David) teams up with a flamboyant manager in this new TV movie featuring original music by Sheryl Crow.

“Hanukkah on Rye” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): A charming Jewish owner meets a sleazy rival in this new TV movie. With “Jane the Virgin’s” Yael Grobglas, Jeremy Jordan (“Smash”) and Lisa Loeb.

“Wrapped in Love” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.): Christmas lovers join the new boy in town in this new TV movie. With Brittany Bristow.

“It’s Life with Lisa Lang” (CNN, 9 and 10 p.m.): The investigative TV journalist series signs off after nine seasons with a pair of new episodes.


“Three Minutes: The Length” (Hulu): The life of a small Jewish community in Poland in 1938 is illuminated in rare home movies in this harrowing 2021 documentary. Helena Bonham Carter narrates.

“Lego Masters” (Fox, 8 p.m.; also Tuesday-Wednesday): Cheryl Haynes, Fiennes Mitchell and beloved ex Leslie Jordan are among the celebrities who compete in a special holiday edition of the competition.

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“Holiday Baking Championship” and “Holiday Baking Championship: The Gingerbread Showdown” (Food Network, 8 and 10 p.m.): The competition series and its spin-off feature their respective season finales.

“Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas” (PBS, 9 p.m.): The former “Great British Baking Show” star prepares seasonal favorites in this new special.

“The Wheel” (NBC, 10 p.m.; also Tuesday-Friday): Christina Ricci, Tony Hawk and Andy Richter are among the celebrities taking part in this new mini-challenge.


“Date of Death” (Sundance Now): The shocking story of a serial killer that was eclipsed by its appearance on a 1970s TV show is retold in this new three-part documentary.

“Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas everyone!” (CBS, 8 p.m.): The chart-topping diva graces the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in this new concert special.

“Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m.): A new episode examines accounts of Russian war crimes in Ukraine and profiles a refugee family separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.


“Emily in Paris” (Netflix): Our all-American gal’s adventures continue in the third season of this fruity romcom. Starring Lily Collins.

“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Preliminary Video): The thrilling adventures of our all-American CIA operative continue in the third season of this action-packed drama. Starring John Krasinski.

“The Letter: A Message for Our Earth” (PBS, 8 p.m.): Pope Francis’ 2015 call for global action to combat climate change is explored in a 2022 documentary.

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“Fogged About Christmas” (VH1, 8 p.m.): “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giddes leads the cast of this new holiday comedy.

“Home Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon” (CBS, 9 p.m.): Mr. Simon, my old friend, they’re back to sing your songs in this new star-studded special. With Garth Brooks, The Jonas Brothers, Susanna Hoffs of The Bengals, and more.


“The Best Man: The Final Season” (Moore): The gang is here in this new series that completes the movie franchise. With Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, et al.

“I Hate Suzy” (HBO Max): Billie Piper returns as a former teenage pop star in the second season of this darkly comedic British drama.

“Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount+): Tom Cruise takes this 1986 action drama to the limit again in the 2022 high-flying sequel. Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Will Kilmer also star.


“Family Dinner” (HBO Max, Discovery+): “What Have We Got?” says celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern as he invites himself to the third season of his food tour.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (Netflix): We’re announcing, Daniel Craig returns as Southern Fred sleuth Benoit Blanc in the Rian Johnson-starrer 2022 follow-up to his hit 2019 Whodunnit.

“Pinata Masters” (Netflix): Contestants take a shot at creating their own candy-filled papier-mâché critters in this new competition.

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“Saving the Spirit of Christmas” (AMC+): An American archaeologist in Scotland deals with a sleazy owner in this new TV movie. With Ashley Newbrough.

“Sharpstick” (Hulu): A 20-something (Kristen Froseth) has an affair with her married employer (Jon Bernthal) in this 2022 comedy from “Girls” creator Lena Dunham. With Jennifer Jason Leigh.

“24th Annual Home in the Grove for the Holidays” (CBS, 8 p.m.): Little Big Town, “American Idol” Kathryn McPhee, and more, are among the stars raising adoption awareness in this new special. helps in Gloria Estefan Host.


“Chasing Santa” (Hulu): Watch! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s jolly old Saint Nick himself in this new family-friendly Christmas Eve special.

“63rd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration” (PBS, 3 p.m.): Los Angeles music and dance groups including female mariachis Los Colibri and the Los Angeles Gay Chorus take part in the festivities live from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. .

“A Christmas Story” (TBS, 8 p.m.; TNT, 9 p.m.): The nostalgic 1983 holiday comedy returns to Dual Channel’s annual 24-hour marathon, with shows every two hours. With Peter Billingsley.

“Christmas Eve Mass” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.): The aforementioned Pope Francis officiates from St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.


(Los Angeles Times listings editor Matt Cooper prepared this column.)



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