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
Ultimately, "Music" had other first-rate assets that made it worth watching: Broadway veterans
"Peter Pan" certainly isn't as well-known as "The Sound of Music," although a
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
"Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown," 9 p.m. Monday,
The countdown features a dozen ads that have clicked with viewers.
"Toy Story That Time Forgot," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
"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,
"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 (
"A Very Grammy Christmas," 9 p.m. Friday, CBS
Part holiday special, part Grammy announcement. Set to perform are Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5,
On the series front:
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.
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,
"Survivor," 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS
The reality contest offers back-to-back hours. The winner will be named Dec. 17.
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