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The New Year comes early with everyone’s favorite blockhead

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, December 26. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! and Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC, 8 and 9 p.m.): Despite what these specials’ names might suggest, there’s still a little more of this year to go. But why not ring in the New Year a few days early with everyone’s favorite blockhead, Charlie Brown, and everyone’s favorite outcast and bullying victim, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer?


Every Brilliant Thing (HBO, 8 p.m.): An HBO documentary? Don’t mind if we do. Wait a minute—this isn’t a documentary. It’s a stage play. “Jonny Donahoe performs in a one-person play about a man who came of age with a suicidal mother but, at various stages of his life, set about compiling a long list of reasons to live. Filmed at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City in 2015.” To tell the truth, we feel kind of betrayed over this not being another HBO documentary. To tell even more truth, thank goodness for something to watch on this dead Monday night.

Monday Night Football: Detroit Lions At Dallas Cowboys (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.): What can we say? We’re a sucker for a season finale, especially when it’s the 47th season finale of Monday Night Football. Tonight, the Lions take on America’s Team in “the Lions’ first prime-time game of 2016 and the sixth for Dallas.”

Premieres and finales

Jonas Restaurant: Family Style (Food Network, 7 p.m.): “The Jonas Brothers return to their Southern roots in Belmont, N.C., to help their parents make their dream of running a restaurant a reality.” This sounds like some Wahlburgers nonsense to us. Don’t Wahlburgers yourselves, Jonas Brothers. But everyone else reading this should check this out if you’re interested.


Hotel Impossible (Travel Channel, 9 p.m.): This special presentation has chosen to go with the concept of “Ice Hotels… Not Impossible.” Well, duh. We all saw the best James Bond movie, Die Another Day.

Regular coverage

WWE Monday Night RAW (USA, 8 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Die Another Day (Google Play/Hulu/iTunes/PlayStation Store/Vudu/YouTube): Hit the theme song.


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