Frosty the Snowman
(8-8:30 p.m., CBS3) - The sequel is OK, too, but there's something about the original 1969 snowman special that it couldn't recapture: the spot-on voice work of three late greats. Narrator Jimmy Durante, deadpan comedian Jackie Vernon as Frosty, and musical-comedy veteran Billy De Wolfe as bad guy Professor Hinkle elevate this special to a higher plane. Be prepared to have the song stuck in your head for hours afterward. Followed by
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Rise of the Video Game
(8-9 p.m., DISC) - It's not a good idea to cry over a video game; tears are bad for electronics. Games have evolved to bring players deep, emotion-engaging story lines. Add the component of online gaming, and gamers can reach out and touch one another and even graduate to happily ever after in the real world.
(8:30-9 p.m., Fox29) - Eddie and Jeff are swapping wives! No, not like that. Jeff (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is teaching Joy (Joely Fisher) how to play tennis, while Steph (Kat Foster) gets Eddie (Brad Garrett) into yoga. The new activities are good for their respective friendships, although they're spending less time together as couples. And the whole thing threatens to come crashing down when Jeff gets a little too competitive on the court.
Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
(9-10 p.m., WHYY TV12) - This new edition of the fabled choir's holiday special has a special treat from Norway: singer Sissel, who sold out four concerts with the ensemble last year in Salt Lake City. This special is made up of highlights from those shows and includes traditional holiday favorites and Norwegian folk songs.
A Holiday Celebration at Ford's Theatre
(10-11 p.m., 6ABC) - The whole country gets a seat in Ford's Theatre for this holiday gala, which includes performances by singers Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna Judd, Yolanda Adams and Jon Secada, comedy from Christopher Titus, and dancing by Jonathan Roberts and Karina Smirnoff (
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