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The Simpsons (Fox, 8-8:30 p.m.): Gary Coleman and Tim Robbins lend their voices in this holiday special that spoofs the "must have" Christmas toy of the season. A toy executive (Robbins) takes over Springfield Elementary, hoping the kids will develop the ultimate Christmas gift.
One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): An impressive cast of musicians reprise Marley's songs of freedom and redemption at a rain-soaked concert in Jamaica. Artists include Jimmy Cliff, Tracy Chapman, Lauryn Hill, Ziggy Marley, and others.
It's a Wonderful Life (NBC, 8-11 p.m.): On the sixth day before Christmas, NBC will give us a poignant chance to choke up in front of the television. For more than 50 years, the holiday classic has been a beacon during the seasonal deluge of commercialism. Jimmy Stewart plays the suicidal George Bailey who - with the help of an angel - recognizes how worthwhile his life is. This was director Frank Capra's America - a place where basic values of home and hearth, of hard work and honesty, overcome suffering and greed.
Stephen King: Master of the Macabre (The Learning Channel, 10-11 p.m.): Want to learn more about the mastermind behind such chilling novels as "Carrie" and "The Shining"? The documentary crew travels to King's summer home in Maine where the private author shares a handful of tales that explain the spark behind his chillers. It also includes clips from the newly released film version of "The Green Mile."
PICK OF THE WEEK
Geraldo Rivera's Sail to the Century (Travel Channel, 10-11 p.m.): On July 30, 1997, Rivera, along with family, friends, and crew, set sail aboard his 70-foot aluminum ketch called "Voyager" and embarked on a voyage around the world. His 2-1/2-year journey will culminate when he crosses the international date line at exactly midnight on Jan. 1, 2000. Who knew Geraldo was sailing periodically between shows?
Weddings of a Lifetime Presents: Kennedy Weddings (Lifetime, 8-9 p.m.): The one-hour special weaves together photos, interviews, and rare footage of some of this century's most famous nuptials. Highlights include clips of JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier, Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel, and Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Adventures in Time (NBC, 8-10 p.m.): This ambitious National Geographic program traces the passage of time - from the creation of the cosmos 13 billion years ago with the big bang to the new millennium (see story above).
A Century of Living (HBO, 8-9 p.m.): Combining archival imagery with interviews, this documentary focuses on 17 Americans looking back at the last 100 years of their existence .
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