National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

TV Picks 12.15.13

BY Daniel J. Engler

TV Critic

Dec. 15-28, 2013 Issue | Posted 12/9/13 at 10:54 AM


WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 8pm


EWTN Father Robert Barron will discuss his latest documentary on the New Evangelization. Re-airs at 9am Dec. 19.

VARIOUS, Dec. 19, 21

Peanuts Christmas Specials

ABC At 8pm Thursday, Dec. 19, the 1965 animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas features the Peanuts kids as they learn the meaning of Christmas in Chapter 2 of St. Luke’s Gospel. At 8pm Saturday, Dec. 21, is the 2003 special I

Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2:30am

EWTN’s Vatican Report: Christmas Special

EWTN In this tour of the Eternal City, St. Peter’s Basilica is readied for Christmastime.

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 8pm

I Love Lucy Christmas Special

CBS The much-loved sitcom starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz remains popular in reruns. This special airs two recently colorized episodes from 1956: "Christmas Episode" and "Lucy’s Italian Movie."

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 8pm

It’s a Wonderful Life

NBC Frank Capra directed and Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Henry Travers star in this classic 1946 Christmas drama about an angel who saves a man’s life by showing him how much he is loved and needed.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24-25, live

Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day

EWTN At 4:30pm on Christmas Eve, Pope Francis will celebrate the Solemn Mass of Christmas Eve. At 6am on Christmas Day, the Holy Father will give his Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message and Blessing. Re-airs at 10pm Dec. 25; 2pm Dec. 27; and 9:30pm Dec. 31. At 1am on Christmas Day, the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Word will celebrate the Solemn Mass of Christmas at their chapel in Irondale, Ala. At noon on Christmas Day in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington is the Solemn Mass of Christmas Day.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 25, 5:30am

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Worth watching in any season is this beautiful 1952 telling of the visits of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children in 1917.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.