The Entertainment Forecast

Dec. 23 – 29

Top picks to watch this week on network & streaming!

Don’t shoot your eye out, Kevin Hart rings out the old & stars salute Paul Simon

The stars come out to honor singer-songwriter Paul Simon and his decades of music.

FRIDAY, Dec. 23
24th Annual A Home for the Holidays at the Grove
Celebrity guest appearances by Little Big Town, Gloria Estefan, Andy Grammer, David Foster and more help draw attention (and raise funds) in this annual entertainment special spotlighting adoption and foster care (8 p.m., CBS).

Strange World
Animated Disney hit comes to streaming, featuring voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu and others in a lively tale of a motley crew of explorers navigating a mysterious new land Disney+).

2022 Back that Year Up
Hosts Kevin Hart and Kenan Thompson find the funny in recapping the year’s highlights, all the stuff that we remember, and some things we might like to forget (Peacock). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyseaJEucrI

SATURDAY, Dec. 24
Rock into Christmas!
Deck the halls with more than 12 hours of seasonal concert specials, from Sting, Faith Hill, Heart, Chris Isaak and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (begins 1 p.m., AXS).

A Christmas Story
Settle in for what has become a modern-day Christmas-classic tradition: The 24-hour marathon of this 1983 holiday comedy, about a young boy whose only Christmas wish is for a Red Ryder BB gun (8 p.m., TBS and TNT).  

SUNDAY, Dec. 25
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Animated short film, based on the internationally best-selling book, follows an unlikely friendship between a boy and animals as he searches for a home. With voices by Tom Hollander, Idris Elba, Gabriel Byrne and Jude Coward Nicoll (AppleTV+).

Disney Park’s Magical Christmas Parade
After you unwrap your Santa goodies, join this festive tour of holiday fun and all things Christmas in Walt Disney World and Disneyland, including celebrity guests (10 a.m., ABC)

MONDAY, Dec. 26
Bake It Till You Make It
Master cake artist Duff Goldman narrates this new docuseries providing an inside look at the world of competitive baking—and the enthusiastic, sometimes over-the-top personalities who participate, hoping for a baking “big break” (9 p.m., Food Network). 

TUESDAY, Dec. 27
American Masters: Groucho & Cavett
New documentary explores the relationship between comedy icon Groucho Marx and TV personality Dick Cavett in the late 1960s with archival TV footage, interviews and recordings (check listings, PBS).

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28
Homeward Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon
TV tribute special to the 16-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, with performances of his hits by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Eric Church, the Jonas Brothers, Billy Porter, Sting and many others (8 p.m., CBS).

Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl
Live-concert experience at the iconic venue brings together the original voice cast of the Oscar-winning Disney hit movie performing its songs with an 80-piece orchestra, 50 dancers and special theatrical effects. But we don’t talk about Bruno! (Disney+).

THURSDAY, Dec. 29
Stab That Cake!
Bakers compete to see if their hyper-realistic faux cakes can fool anyone when placed right next to the real-deal confections in the grocery store (9 p.m., Cooking Channel).

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