Some purists may sniff that 1942's "Holiday Inn," of which this 1954 musical is a partial remake, is a superior piece of work. The fact remains that this latter vehicle for Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen has become a compulsory part of the yuletide celebration for millions around the world. The classic title tune is just one of several memorable Irving Berlin melodies performed here with style, heart and panache.
Shrek the Halls
What's not to love about a Christmas special starring a family of green ogres? Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) isn't a Christmas kind of guy, but Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) loves the holiday, so he goes along -- with a little help from Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and the rest of the fairy-tale gang. If this special doesn't join Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch in the pantheon of holiday classics, something's wrong with the world.
When dozens of children from military families are stricken with a mysterious illness, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his colleagues try to pinpoint the cause. Abby and Jimmy (Pauley Perrette, Brian Dietzen) work with the Naval Medical Research Center on finding a cure for the ailing kids before the holidays in "Homesick."
Another DC Comics character enters the scene in an episode titled for her, "Plastique." Played by guest star Kelly Frye, she's a soldier physically enhanced by a bomb blast that Joe (Jesse L. Martin) suspects the military had a role in setting off. A general (guest star Clancy Brown) turns out to be involved, wanting to create super-soldiers. Barry (Grant Gustin) tries to get Iris (Candice Patton) to stop writing about the so-called "streak."
One Direction: The TV Special
The members of the wildly popular band One Direction -- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- present their first network TV special in a new hour that provides a candid look at the group via documentary and performance footage drawn from the South American leg of their recent tour. The special also goes behind the scenes as the band records its recent release "Four" and performs for fans at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler
Author, scholar and explorer Bruce Feiler continues his six-part examination of some of the world's most meaningful landscapes and challenging religious pilgrimages with an hour devoted to Jerusalem, a thrice-holy city shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Among the highlights, Christian pilgrims walk the city's Jesus Trail, while American Jews celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles. A second episode focusing on Mecca, Saudi Arabia, immediately follows.
King of Kings
Jeffrey Hunter -- whom "Star Trek" fans will recognize for his portrayal of Capt. Christopher Pike -- stars in director Nicholas Ray's ("Rebel Without a Cause") 1961 retelling of the life of Jesus. Siobhan McKenna ("Doctor Zhivago") plays his mother, Mary, with Hurd Hatfield as Pontius Pilate, Rip Torn as Judas, and Spanish actress Carmen Sevilla as Mary Magdalene.
The Year: 2014
ABC News' now-annual recap of the preceding 12 months finds host Robin Roberts and others, including David Muir and George Stephanopoulos, showcasing major stories and personalities of that time span. Music stars Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor are among the celebrities cited, and racial unrest, ISIS and the Ebola outbreak are included in recollections of the year's top headlines. Amy Robach, Michael Strahan and Dan Harris also contribute segments.
Bobby's cell phone delivers a message that sparks Dean's (Jensen Ackles) curiosity in "Ask Jeeves." It indicates that either Bobby or a descendant has become the heir to a fortune, prompting Dean to convince Sam (Jared Padalecki) that they should claim the apparent windfall. Once they arrive at their destination, though, they find the situation much different from what they expected ... and much more dangerous.
When Nick (Jake Johnson) takes the gang on a Thanksgiving camping trip, Coach and Schmidt (Damon Wayans Jr., Max Greenfield) butt heads over who's the better woodsman. Winston and Cece (Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone) find common ground in their mutual dislike of the outdoors in "Thanksgiving III." Zooey Deschanel also stars.
The Mindy Project
For many couples, the holiday season has been made that much more memorable by marriage proposals, and Mindy (Mindy Kaling) wonders if her turn is about to come in an episode called, simply, "Christmas." Thinking Danny (Chris Messina) might be about to pop the big question, she tries to get her thoughts and emotions in order in case that moment arrives. Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) has a great date -- mainly because he's thought to be someone else. Julia Stiles guest stars.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
In a new episode called "Rule No. 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit," Abby (Lisa Edelstein) decides to start dating Nate (guest star C. Thomas Howell), a married father with whom she had a turbulent affair when she was still married. Phoebe (Beau Garrett) is attracted to one of the dads at school. Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) needs to get rid of some tension. At the Family Equality Gala, Ford and Max (J. August Richards, Patrick Heusinger) receive an award from LGBT activist Adele Northrop (Laverne Cox, "Orange Is the New Black.")