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Dynasty Decks the Halls, Nick Cannon Celebrates Miracles Across 125th Street

ALSO: Reopening Night, Vikings-Bears on MNF, The Secrets of Christmas: Revealed, and more.
  • Photos: The CW, VH1
    Photos: The CW, VH1

    Christmas Week officially kicks off today with Dynasty’s holiday-themed Season 5 premiere, Nick Cannon’s Miracles Across 125th Street, and a host of specials on broadcast and cable. Plus, a new HBO documentary looks at what it took to bring back Shakespeare in the Park this past summer, and the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears pull double duty on ABC and ESPN. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Monday:

    Dynasty: Season premiere. The Carringtons and the Colbys celebrate the holidays in a two-episode premiere that tracks the group as they deal with the fallout from Blake’s (Grant Show) gala and Alexis’ (Elaine Hendrix) continued time in jail. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    Miracles Across 125th Street: TV movie. Nick Cannon writes, directs, and stars in this VH1 movie about a Harlem rapper who returns to his family’s church to confront his past on Christmas Eve. Lil Kim, Chrisette Michele, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, and Tommy Davidson, also star. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on VH1

    The Secrets of Christmas: Revealed: Special presentation. Tubi and FOX expose the inner workings of Christmas in this play-along special that sees “Christmas experts” examine a trove of secret documents about Santa Claus’ annual operation. 8:00 PM ET on FOX

    Candy Cane Candidate: TV movie. After her campaign for city council ends in a landslide loss, Julia (Jacky Lai) returns to her hometown for Christmas to drown her sorrows. When she runs into her old high school rival (Jake Epstein), they once again find themselves facing off, but their frosty relationship begins to thaw as they discover winning isn’t everything. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    NFL Football: Due to COVID-related schedule changes, there will be two nationally-broadcast games tonight:

    • Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns 5:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT on NFL Network
    • Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears 8:15 PM ET/5:15 PM PT on ABC and ESPN

    Reopening Night: Original documentary. HBO chronicles the return of Shakespeare in the Park in the summer of 2021 in this 90-minute documentary about the Public Theater’s tumultuous 12-week journey to opening night. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    Myrtle Beach Bowl: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Old Dominion Monarchs, both 6-6, face off in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 2:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT on ESPN

    Landscapers: New episode. Christopher (David Thewlis) opens up about his past as the couple’s relationship with Susan’s (Olivia Colman) parents comes under the microscope. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Encore presentation. Taped in August at Radio City Music Hall, this CBS special commemorates Bennett’s 95th birthday and the culmination of his decade-long partnership with Lady Gaga. The show features solo sets from each artist followed by duets of “Lady is a Tramp,” “Love for Sale,” and “Anything Goes.” (Originally aired November 28.) Read our review. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    Annie Live!: Encore presentation. NBC puts a fresh spin on the beloved Broadway musical in this live production starring newcomer Celina Smith as Annie, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, and Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hanigan. (Originally aired December 2.) Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    CLASSIC HOLIDAY MOVIES AND SPECIALS

    Home Alone: Eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he’s accidentally left by his family before their Christmas vacation in this 1990 classic. Watch trailer. 10:00 AM ET on Freeform

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: History repeats itself when nine-year old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally separated from his family and find himself on his own in the big city. Watch trailer. 1:00 PM ET on Freeform

    Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: Fred Astaire narrates Rankin/Bass’ timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. 3:35 PM ET on Freeform

    Frosty the Snowman: It was 52 years ago that Frosty first came to life in this holiday classic, and all these years later he's still going strong. Followed by 1992 continuation Frosty Returns. Watch trailer. 4:40 PM ET on Freeform

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rankin/Bass’ 1964 Christmas classic uses stop-motion animation to tell the story of Rudolph, a young reindeer who puts his glowing red nose to good use over the holidays. 5:15 PM ET on Freeform

    The Santa Clause: Tim Allen signs on with Team Santa, but he fails to read the fine print before donning the classic red suit. Watch trailer. 6:20 PM ET on Freeform

    Visit our Holiday Viewing Guide for a complete listing of where to watch classic holiday specials and movies throughout the month of December.

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Dynasty (2017 series), The CW, VH1, Nick Cannon, Holiday Programming