The Flight Before Christmas
A flying squirrel shows a young reindeer -- who believes his long-lost father was part of Santa's airborne sleigh team -- how to soar into the sky in this surprisingly dark, emotionally complex animated special from Finland. The voice cast includes Emma Roberts ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") and Norm MacDonald ("Saturday Night Live").
Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is an appropriate guest star -- even if her character here isn't cast in the best light -- in "The Spark in the Park." She plays a suspect in the murder of another gymnast, whose double life gives Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) much to probe. The victim's father (guest star Richard Schiff, "The West Wing") is comforted by Brennan. Cam (Tamara Taylor) catches up to her identity thief.
Christmas Under Wraps
This 2014 holiday romantic comedy is "Northern Exposure" redux in many respects, since its central character is a tightly wound doctor (this time a woman, played by Candace Cameron-Bure) who reluctantly accepts a job in a rural Alaskan town after the prestigious hospital she had sought passes her over. Her new locale teaches her valuable life lessons about living in the moment. Brian Doyle-Murray, David O'Donnell and Robert Pine also star.
They've shared the screen briefly in the "Expendables" series, but action icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are full-fledged co-stars in this reasonably effective 2013 prison-break tale. Stallone plays a security expert whose latest challenge proves to be a setup, leaving him trapped behind bars ... and reliant on an inmate (Schwarzenegger) to help him get out alive. Jim Caviezel ("Person of Interest") plays the warden.
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever
A runaway Internet meme comes to television in this new live-action movie, in which actress Aubrey Plaza -- who plays the hilariously surly April Ludgate on "Parks and Recreation" -- provides the inner voice of Grumpy Cat, whose long stay in a mall pet shop comes to an end thanks to an equally unpopular 12-year-old girl.
Beauty and the Beast
To save her father, a Frenchwoman (Josette Day) offers her life to a nobleman (Jean Marais) under a beastly curse in Jean Cocteau's breathtaking 1946 adaptation of the famous fairy tale. Without benefit of computerized special effects, Cocteau evokes a magical world through sheer artistry. No wonder this is considered one of the best fantasy films of all time and heavily inspired Disney's hit 1991 animated version of the tale.
Her city-state still shaken in the aftermath of battle and with her mortal enemy Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) still at large, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) faces a difficult choice when a charismatic stranger arrives offering salvation. If his promises sound too good to be true, they very well may be. Mark Addy, Jack Donnelly and Robert Emms also star.
The Story of Santa Claus
After a toymaker and his wife are evicted from their shop by landlords, they head to an orphanage to deliver their only remaining bag of toys. When they get lost in a storm, they find themselves at the North Pole, where they meet a group of elves. After saving an elf's life, Santa is allowed to make one wish. The elves then must use all their magic to make his wish of giving every child a toy come true. Ed Asner and Betty White are heard in this animated special.
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.
Deion's Family Playbook
In a new episode called "Prime Prep, We have a Problem," Deion tries to guide a troubled student into counseling even as it looks as though Prime Prep Academy could be closed permanently. Meanwhile, Florida pursues a singing career, but the results are mixed.
Dead Files Revisited
Former homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan continue updating viewers on past cases, including a minister's home in Manchester, Conn., where client Tom eventually fought off evil spirits tormenting his family. Another client, Emily in St. Claire Shores, Mich., reports on how she fared against a serpent-like entity that was attacking the health of her family members.