TV best bets with Christmas specials, 'Peter Pan' live, Seth Rogen and James Franco

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

This week features a raft of Christmas specials and films, a live Peter Pan production, two religious-themed specials and a strange bit of blurred out nudity, courtesy of Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Playing off the popular Discovery show "Naked and Afraid," Rogen and Franco attempt to live in the wilderness sans clothing this Sunday night.

Otherwise, there is plenty of Christmas cheer, courtesy of more Hallmark, Lifetime and Ion movies, plus a CMA Country Christmas on ABC Monday, NBC's annual 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Wednesday, NBC's new animated series "How Murray Saved Christmas" on Friday and "A Very Grammy Christmas" Friday on CBS. Plus, CBS brings back two old "I Love Lucy" Christmas-themed episodes on Sunday.

VH1's 'Mob Wives" returns Wednesday while TNT's "Librarian" films have been turned into a series on TNT Sunday. Plus, Bravo debuts its first scripted series ever with "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" on Tuesday.

Multiple networks will air "Surviving Exodus" on Thursday where scientists look at some Bible stories. And Lifetime on Sunday enters the scripted realm with a mini-series which stars Rebecca Ferguson, Minnie Driver and Morena Baccarin called "The Red Tent."

This covers Monday Dec. 1 through Sunday Dec. 7.


"CMA Country Christmas" 8 p.m. ABC — Music stars get into the Christmas spirit by performing holiday songs; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

"The Voice " 8 p.m. NBC — The top 8 perform.

"Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown" 9 p.m. the CW — Heather McDonald and Matt Weinhold countdown the 12 best holiday commercials.

"Major Crimes " 9 p.m. TNT — The team must recover stealth technology from a military plane that was shot down in Bosnia.

"Sleepy Hollow " 9 p.m. Fox — Unexpected sacrifices must be made; the fight against evil puts loyalties to the test.

"State of Affairs " 10 p.m. NBC — Members of a militant Islamist movement capture 21 Nigerian girls.

" My Strange Criminal Addiction " 10 p.m. ID (new series) — Men grind against women in subways; a woman steals angels from a cemetery; a man drinks urine.

" Castle " 10:01 p.m. ABC — A team of aging action heroes helps Castle and Beckett investigate an actor's murder.


"MasterChef Junior" 8 p.m. Fox — The remaining cooks split into teams to run a restaurant; the winners advance.

"Toy Story That Time Forgot" 8 p.m. ABC  Trixie must save the day when the gang finds itself in uncharted territory.

"The Voice" 8 p.m. NBC — Then there were six.

"Charlie Brown Christmas" 8:30 p.m. ABC The little Christmas tree that could.

"The Little Couple" 9 p.m. TLC (seventh season debut) — Little Couple travels to Florida for the baptism of Will and Zoey; then they head to Washington D.C.

"New Girl " 9 p.m. Fox — Schmidt regrets trying to understand the politics of fights between girls.

"Chicago Fire " 10 p.m. NBC — A house fire puts a couple in danger; the Chicago Holiday Fest gives Molly's II a chance to shine.

"Forever " 10 p.m. ABC — A British aristocrat is murdered.

"Sons of Anarchy " 10 p.m. FX — With tensions mounting and truths finally revealed, Jax must make the ultimate decision.

"Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce " 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Self-help author Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein of "House") must summon the courage to reveal she is separated from her husband.


"Hell's Kitchen" 8 p.m. Fox — The contestants face the blind taste test; Ramsay asks both teams to select a chef for elimination.

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" 8 p.m. NBC Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales host the tree-lighting ceremony.

"Survivor" 8 p.m. CBS Jon saved himself last week with an immunity idol. Now he's exposed.

"Mob Wives" 9 p.m. VH1 (fifth season debut) — Gossip, lies and misunderstandings run rampant in Staten Island.

"Modern Family" 9 p.m. ABC Claire and Phil fear that Alex's boyfriend is imaginary; Manny may ruin Jay's plan to avoid a party.

"Red Band Society" 9 p.m. Fox (mid-season finale) — This series may not come back.

"Saturday Night Live" 8 p.m. NBC Christmas sketches from year's past.

"Duck Dynasty" 9:30 p.m. A&E —Willie takes temporary ownership of a Thoroughbred; Kay seeks a new birdbath for her yard.

"Nashville" 10 p.m. ABC — Rayna agrees to broadcast a Christmas special from her home; opportunity to perform at Winterfest.

"Top Chef" 10 p.m. Bravo — It's restaurant wars!


"Peter Pan Live!" 8 p.m.. NBC — After last year's successful "Sound of Music" live show, NBC is at it again. Twitter awaits!

"The Taste" 8 p.m. ABC (second season debut) The show didn't do particularly well last year but ABC is giving it another shot.

"Surviving Exodus" 8 p.m. Animal, Discovery, TLC  — Terry Schappert, Dave Salmoni and Hakeem Oluseyi search for events tantamount to the biblical tale.

"Bones" 8 p.m. Fox — The team investigates when the remains of a psychology professor is found dead.

"Mom" 8:31 p.m. — The wealthy woman Christy is sponsoring asks for company on her first night out of rehab.

“White Collar” 9:01 p.m. USA — Peter and Neal focus on a case dealing with someone from Mozzie's past.
“Two and a Half Men” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Alan starts breaking Walden's rules so he can keep up an appearance of being cool in front of Louis.
“Covert Affairs ” 10 p.m. USA— Annie and McQuaid must sneak into Russian territory in pursuit of Belenko.

"Elementary " 10 p.m. CBS — A murderous thief seeks a rare map; Sherlock continues to interfere with Kitty's personal life.


"The Amazing Race" 8 p.m. CBS — The race goes from Italy to Malta.

"Last Man Standing " 8 p.m. ABC — Mike is inspired to follow his dream to open a fish and game restaurant.

"How Murray Saves Christmas " 8 p.m. NBC —A cranky deli owner finds himself forced to fill in for Santa one Christmas.

"A Very Grammy Christmas " 9 p.m. CBS — Holiday songs and current hits from the likes of Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw and Pharrell Williams.

"Shark Tank " 9 p.m. ABC — Among the ideas: foldable, wheeled luggage; soaps, washes and grooming products; and sports apparel for women.

"Z Nation " 10 p.m. Syfy (first season finale) — Citizen Z redeploys the survivors to Fort Collins, Colo., to meet with Murphy's doctor.


"Wally Lamb's Wishin' & Hopin' " 8 tonight Lifetime — A curmudgeonly kitty (Aubrey Plaza) helps a little girl find the spirit and charm of Christmas.

"Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle" 8 tonight Hallmark After unexpectedly moving to Alaska, an ambitious doctor starts a new romance and learns that her small town is hiding a holiday secret.

"Saturday Night Live" 11:29 tonight NBC — James Franco hosts.

"I Love Lucy Christmas Special" 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — The Mertzes help the Ricardos decorate their Christmas tree; Lucy and Ethel work in a candy factory.

"Naked and Awkward" 8 p.m. Sunday Discovery— Survivalists endure embarrassing moments while filming, including agonizing small talk, followed by a comedic bit with Seth Rogan and James Franco.

"Christmas at Cartwright's" 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark — An angel delivers good fortune and the possibility of holiday romance to a struggling single mother who takes a job as a department store Santa Claus.

"The Librarians" 8 p.m. Sunday TNT (new series) — When someone begins killing off potential librarians, Flynn and Col. Eve Baird must save them.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Kandi organizes a dinner during which Phaedra and Kenya skirmish yet again over Apollo's lies.

"Eaten Alive" 9 p.m. Sunday Discovery — Paul Rosolie uses a custom-built snake-proof suit to enter the belly of an anaconda.

"Homeland" 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — The consequences following the security breach at the Embassy are far-reaching.

"The Newsroom" 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Will is incarcerated.

"The Millionaire Matchmaker" 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo— Patti is excited to work with Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter.

"The Red Tent" 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime A sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob.

"The Mentalist" 9 p.m. Sunday CBS —In hope of persuading a convict to turn on her boyfriend, Lisbon goes under cover as an inmate.

"Revenge" 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC— A new woman enters Jack's life; Louise and Nolan bring Southern charm to East Hampton.

"CSI" 10:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — As an inmate runs away from officers at Clark County jail, he stumbles on a body.