Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
A lanky mailman with the voice of Fred Astaire explains Santa's origins in this 1970 animated special, which sidesteps the St. Nicholas part. In this version, the future jolly old elf is a foundling adopted by the Kringles, a family of toymakers. He grows up with toys in his blood, so to speak, and feels called to give them away to the local youngsters, but mean old Burgermeister Meisterburger will have none of that.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
During a bonding trip to Palm Springs, Carlton confronts Kyle about a series of issues. Later, Brandi reveals that she and Carlton made out, and Carlton admits to being a practicing Wiccan. Joyce gets her back up when Brandi repeatedly calls her by the wrong name in the new episode "Palm Springs Breakers."
How I Met Your Mother
A small galaxy of Canadian celebrities, including Alan Thicke, Alex Trebek and Geddy Lee -- is on hand for this episode, in which Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) discovers a lost episode of Robin's (Cobie Smulders) TV show "Underneath the Tunes" from her days as Canadian pop star Robin Sparkles. Lily and Marshall (Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel) think that Ted's (Josh Radnor) new girlfriend (Abby Elliot) might be a stalker in "P.S. I Love You."
A clash of potential NFC playoff opponents is on tap tonight at Soldier Field in Chicago, where Jay Cutler and the Bears hope to use the home field to their advantage against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Cutler should have little trouble finding receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery against a Cowboys pass defense that ranks dead last in the NFL. As for the Cowboys, they're hoping to exploit a Bears run defense that's ranked among the league's worst.
The Great Christmas Light Fight
In each episode of this holiday decorating competition, airing over three Mondays, four families have 21 days to give their homes an extreme transformation in hopes of winning big money. Two people who know the E word -- Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- judge their efforts.
Six by Sondheim
This tuneful new film pays tribute to Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim with performances of six of his signature songs. Sondheim himself takes part in one of them, joining Jeremy Jordan, Darren Criss, America Ferrera, Jackie Hoffman and Laura Osnes to perform "Opening Doors" from "Merrily We Roll Along." The other featured songs are "Send In the Clowns," "Something's Coming," "I'm Still Here," "Being Alive" and "Sunday."
When Lisa and the SUR staff participate in the Gay Pride Parade, Lisa embarrasses the men by making them wear enormous angel wings. Stassi reacts badly to the discovery that Jax is back to his womanizing ways. Kristen confronts Tom and Ariana after uncovering new evidence about their relationship in the new episode "Lisa's Angels."
Nick Lachey returns to host as a cappella groups from around the country vie for the grand prize -- $100,000 and a recording contract -- as this singing competition starts a new, short season. Singer Jewel joins Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman on the judges panel. The groups pull out their best songs in an effort to impress the judges and stay in contention in the season premiere, "The Sing-Off Is Back!"
Christy (Anna Faris) goes on her first sober date, which is going to require some new skills. Young Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) is learning some, too; Bonnie (Allison Janney) is teaching him how to gamble. Justin Long guest stars as Adam, Christy's date, in "A Small Nervous Meltdown and a Misplaced Fork."
Art world darling Wayne White got his big break when he helped create the unhinged children's show "Pee-wee's Playhouse." His off-kilter style and self-deprecating sense of humor offer a peek into an imagination that refuses to grow up. "Beauty Is Embarrassing" chronicles the highs and lows of this commercial artist as he struggles to find peace and balance between his work and his art.