By Pete McQuaid Christmas in Rockefeller Center -- NBC, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
The 81st annual Christmas kick-off event will feature musical guests Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, the Goo Goo Dolls, Toni Braxton, and the token under-30 star, Ariana Grande.
The extravaganza will culminate with the lighting of the massive Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a site that will be crawling with tourists for the next month.
Um, why don't they all just come see the tree on the Wannalancit smoke stack?
Saturday Night Live Christmas -- NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m.
This compilation show will feature some of the best holiday-themed SNL sketches, of which there are many.
Who can forget Gumby's Christmas special? Or Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song"? Or Alec Baldwin's radio interview about his tasty, Schweddy .... desserts?
Disney's A Christmas Carol -- ABC Family, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
I never understood the mixed-to-negative critical reaction to this version of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story.
Aside from an admittedly bizarre chase sequence, this version is a pitch-perfect adaptation of the novella, anchored by a rubbery Jim Carrey performance and beautiful 3D imagery.
OK, you won't be able to appreciate the 3D on TV. But it's still worth watching.
The Sound of Music Live! -- NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m.
NBC reaches back to the days of live TV musicals with this version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
Carrie Underwood seems like the closest you can get to a sure thing in Julie Andrews' role of Maria, based on her illustrious acting career starring in a film called Soul Surfer and in an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
No, really, that's her entire filmography.
The Grammy Nominations Concert -- CBS, Friday, 10 p.m.
Even the Grammy nominations show, which airs alongside exciting Friday night programming like Dracula and a marathon of Cold Case, is more exciting than 90 percent of award shows.
Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and Keith Urban are all scheduled to perform. And LL Cool J will host the concert for the 6th straight year -- he loves nominating things.
BCS Selection Show -- ESPN, Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
For some reason, ESPN didn't get LL Cool J to host the BCS Selection Show.
But we don't need star power -- we just need to find out who's playing in the BCS Championship in Pasadena, or more importantly, the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
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