In and of itself, today's R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl has little significance outside of giving alumni some good parties to attend. But it does mark the beginning of the 39-game bowl season that culminates with the National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 12.
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!
Nothing can replace the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas," but this 2003 animated special reunites the updated Peanuts gang and the yuletide season. Linus and Lucy's little brother, ReRun, needs stress relief. He goes to Snoopy for attention and fun, but the canine has plans that don't include the boy. Voice talents include Jimmy Bennett, Adam Taylor Gordon and Bill Melendez.
Booth (David Boreanaz) is behind bars in "The Conspiracy in the Corpse." His colleagues try to clear him by probing the matter that put him in prison, a man's death 16 years earlier. Booth has to face vengeful convicts he helped put away -- and he might not have it much easier once he's out, thanks to an FBI man (guest star John Boyd, "Argo") who's eager to prove himself. The story includes what originally came as a shocking twist to the show's fans.
Veronica Roth's novel of a world divided by people's personal traits translates well to film, sparked by Shailene Woodley's fine performance as young heroine Tris. She learns she encompasses several of the dividing qualities, thus making her a Divergent -- and a danger to her society's rulers, or so they perceive it. Along with an enigmatic mentor (Theo James), she goes on the run. Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn ("Scandal"), Ashley Judd and Maggie Q ("Stalker") also appear in the 2014 film.
The Sound of Music Live!
Probably needless to say, it's not live this time ... but it was last year when Carrie Underwood starred as Maria in this adaptation of the classic musical, whose ratings success enabled Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in a similarly staged telecast recently. Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") plays Captain von Trapp, with Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess. The beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein score includes "My Favorite Things," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
CMA Country Christmas
Jennifer Nettles returns, for the fifth consecutive year, as host of Nashville's annual offering of its musical celebration of the season. Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale ("Pretty Little Liars") and Michael W. Smith are among those on board to vocalize this time. Not surprisingly, Nettles also sings here -- as does Tony winner Idina Menzel, who now has added fame as a voice in "Frozen."
Pit Bulls and Parolees
In a new "Holiday Special" Tania, inspired by Snickers and Brandi, leads an effort to find forever homes for their favorite dogs, and vows this to be the last Christmas they spend in shelters. A professional photographer comes to Villalobos to shoot portraits of each dog for potential adopters. Meanwhile, Earl boosts the holiday spirits of the parolees and recruits them to help decorate the Tahyo Tavern and put together a very special Christmas feast for the Villalobos family.
Benjamin Franklin (guest star Timothy Busfield) is drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) plan to save Katrina (Katia Winter) from the Headless Horseman in "The Kindred." The scheme involves a being not unlike the Dr. Frankenstein-created synthetic man, this one created by Franklin. Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and the new local sheriff get off on the wrong foot with each other. Orlando Jones and John Noble also star.
You may never dream of a white Christmas again after watching this low-budget 2014 disaster flick, in which a super-frozen asteroid slams into the small town of Lennox, unleashing a rolling wave of ice crystals that threatens to freeze any living thing that crosses its path. Victor Webster, Jennifer Spence, Richard Harmon, Tiera Scovbye and Ben Cotton star.