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'Peter Pan,' 'Flash'-'Arrow' crossover

Holiday specials are the big events this week, but several series go big, too. The highlights:

Can "Peter Pan Live!" be another "Sound of Music Live!" for NBC? Last year's live telecast of "Music" drew a surprising 18.6 million viewers, bolstering NBC's hope that live musicals could be audience magnets. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is beloved, and the casting of Carrie Underwood intrigued viewers, even if many found her performance wanting.

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Ultimately, "Music" had other first-rate assets that made it worth watching: Broadway veterans Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.

"Peter Pan" certainly isn't as well-known as "The Sound of Music," although a Mary Martin version wowed NBC viewers. The new version airs at 8 p.m. Thursday. Allison Williams of "Girls" plays Peter, and her makeup may remind you of her dad, NBC anchor Brian Williams.

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Other reasons to hope: Christopher Walken plays villainous Captain Hook. The cast includes Borle of "Music," Kelli O'Hara and Minnie Driver, who also narrates. Here's hoping they transport us to Never Never Land.

Also of note this week:

"CMA Country Christmas," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC

Jennifer Nettles hosts the two-hour special and sings with Idina Menzel. Brad Paisley performs with Steven Tyler. Carrie Underwood has a duet with Michael W. Smith. Other performers include Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town and LeAnn Rimes.

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"Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown," 9 p.m. Monday, The CW

The countdown features a dozen ads that have clicked with viewers.

"Toy Story That Time Forgot," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC

Tom Hanks gives voice to Woody, and Tim Allen is back as Buzz in this new Pixar special. The gang learns it's playing with dangerous action figures. Other voice performers include Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center," 8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC

The lighting of the Christmas tree will be the main draw in this hour special hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales of "Today." But there are choice performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Seth MacFarlane and Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood.

"How Murray Saved Christmas," 8 p.m. Friday, NBC

This animated special is based on Mike Reiss' best-selling children's book. Deli owner Murray Weiner (Jerry Stiller) fills in for  Santa (Kevin Michael Richardson) and receives help from Edison Elf (Sean Hayes). The other voices include Jason Alexander, Dennis Haysbert and John Ratzenberger.

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"A Very Grammy Christmas," 9 p.m. Friday, CBS

Part holiday special, part Grammy announcement. Set to perform are Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw and Pharrell Williams. Nominees for best album will be revealed. LL Cool J hosts.

On the series front:

"The Voice," 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, NBC

The top eight perform in the two-hour Monday edition. The show will eliminate three in the hour results show at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

"The Flash"-"Arrow" crossover, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, The CW

Oliver Queen, the Arrow, visits "The Flash" to set up a story that will end with Barry Allen, the Flash, stopping by "Arrow." Got that? The big winner will be The CW. Although these heroes are teaming to stop crime, they also fight each other because Barry is not himself. He, however, remains a huge hit for The CW.

"Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo

"House" fans who miss Lisa Edelstein will be happy to know she's back as a self-help author in this drama, which is Bravo's first original scripted series. The author has been supplying family advice even as her own family fell apart and her husband took a lover. The author has trouble moving on, but when she's ready, this adult series takes a frank approach to sexuality. How frank? "Good news. My vagina was not dead. It was just in a coma," a character announces.

"Survivor," 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS

The reality contest offers back-to-back hours. The winner will be named Dec. 17.

"America's Next Top Model," 8 p.m. Friday, The CW

The season ends with back-to-back hours and the naming of the latest victor. Can you believe this is the show's 21st cycle?

"The Taste," 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC

ABC is throwing this food contest's third-season opener against Peter Pan. You'll get a two-hour serving. Of course, Anthony Bourdain is quite entertaining in his own right.

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