“Levius” (Netflix streaming anytime) In Netflix’s newest anime series, a young man rises up through the ranks of the brutal world of “metal boxing”—which is, of course, late-19th century steampunk cyborg fisticuffs.
“Merry Happy Whatever” (Netflix streaming anytime) Dennis Quaid stars in this dark sitcom about a dad who freaks out when his daughter brings her struggling musician of a boyfriend home for the holidays.
“Servant” (Apple TV+ streaming anytime) M. Night Shyamalan is the producer (but not the writer or director) of this uncomfortably odd story about a couple (Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell) who lose their newborn baby to tragic health complications and then hire a young nanny (Nell Tiger Free) to care for its replacement—a lifelike rubber doll. That’s just the tip of the weird iceberg, though.
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (KOAT-7 7pm) Jordan Fisher (the Disney Channel star who won the 25th season of “Dancing With the Stars”), Sarah Hyland (from ABC’s “Modern Family”) and Jesse Palmer (former New York Giant and current ABC sportscaster) wander around Walt Disney World Resort looking at shiny things.
“Garth Brooks Yankee Stadium Concert” (A&E 7pm) ’Tis the season for cheaply produced concert specials. Particularly those of the country variety.
“The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” (Amazon Prime streaming anytime) Well, whatta ya know: A cheaply produced concert special of the country variety.
“The Movies That Made Us” (Netflix streaming anytime) Famous actors and filmmakers (Dan Aykroyd, Daniel Stern, Ivan Reitman, Chris Columbus) look back on the biggest blockbusters in movie history—most of which you probably can’t watch on Netflix anymore.
“Harley Quinn” (DC Direct streaming anytime) The long-promised Harley Quinn “adult animated” series shows up on DC’s streaming service. Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) provides the voice of the Joker’s unhinged gal-pal. Alan Tudyk (“Firefly”) inherits the mantle of the Clown Prince of Crime.
“Top Elf” (Nickelodeon 6pm) Santa transports seven extraordinary kid builders to the “North Pole” (sure, whatever) to compete for the title of “Top Elf” and a reward of $25,000 to the charity at the top of their wish list.
Merry Liddle Christmas (Lifetime 6pm) Kelly Rowland, the former member of Destiny’s Child who was not Beyoncé, produces and stars in her first TV holiday rom-com. She plays a successful, single tech entrepreneur whose messy family descends on her new dream home for the holidays. The film is allegedly “inspired by her own recent Christmas catastrophe.”
Christmas Jars (BYUtv 6pm) In case you missed the one-night-only theatrical screening last month, here’s Brigham Young University TV’s new holiday tearjerker. It’s based on the novel by Jason F. Wright, in which he tried to invent a “new” holiday tradition—giving jars of change to poor people.
“Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharoahs” (Science 6pm) Science Channel digs into the history of the Kush dynasty in ancient Egypt.
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” (KOAT-7 7pm) Really, if you’re decorating your house for the holidays in order to beat your neighbors and win a prize on TV, you’re probably doing it wrong.
“Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special” (KOAT-7 7pm) Brad Paisley becomes the third person this week to jump on that “cheaply produced country music concert special” bandwagon. This one includes music and “funny skits.”
“How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming” (KOB-4 7:30pm) This holiday spin-off of DreamWorks’ popular computer-animated trilogy finds Hiccup and Toothless reunited to remind both their kids of “the inseparable bonds between Vikings and dragons.”
“The Gulf” (Sundance Now streaming anytime) In this New Zealand-German thriller, a police detective finds herself caught between the law and personal morality while investigating crimes on the rural barrier island of Waiheke.
“The 87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (KOB-4 7pm) Chicago (the band), Derek and Julianne Hough, John Legend, Idina Menzel, Lea Michelle, Ne-Yo, Gwen Stefani and the cast of NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” hang out in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza waiting for the tree to get lit up.