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Sunday

“Joe Bob’s Ghoultide Get-Together” (Shiver): “The Last Drive-in’s” Joe Bob Briggs slides down the chimney with two bills of a cheesy B-movie chiller.

“1923” (Paramount+): How are you, forgivers! Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren lead the Dutton family during the Great Depression in the latest prequel in the “Yellowstone” franchise.

FIFA World Cup (Fox, Telemundo, 10 a.m. ET): Argentina faces France in the final of the quadrennial soccer tournament in Qatar.

“Christmas Still Young” (CBS, 8 p.m.): A singer-songwriter (Karen David) meets a hunky director in this TV movie with original music by Sheryl Crow.

“Hanukkah on the Rye” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): A Jewish delicatessen owner meets a hunky rival in a new TV movie. With “Jane the Virgin” Yael Grobglas, Jeremy Jordan (“Smash”) and Lisa Loeb.

“Wrapped in Love” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.): A boy who loves Christmas meets the new guy in town in a new TV movie. With Brittany Bristow.

“This Is the Life with Lisa Ling” (CNN, 9 and 10 p.m.): The investigative TV reporter series is leaving after nine seasons with two episodes.

Monday

“Three Minutes: The Longest” (Hulu): Life in a small Jewish community in Poland in 1938 is illuminated in a rare home film in this haunting 2021 documentary. Helena Bonham Carter narrates.

“Lego Masters” (Fox, 8 p.m.; also Tuesday-Wednesday): Cheryl Hines, Finesse Mitchell and the late Leslie Jordan are among the celebrities participating in the special holiday edition of the competition.

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“Holiday Baking Championship” and “Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown” (Food Network, 8 and 10 p.m.): The competition and its spinoff present their final seasons.

“Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas” (PBS, 9 p.m.): The former star of “The Great British Baking Show” dishes out seasonal favorites in this special.

“The Wheel” (NBC, 10 p.m.; also Tuesday-Friday): Christina Ricci, Tony Hawk and Andy Richter are among the celebrities participating in this new trivia challenge.

Tuesday

“Death Courtship” (Sundance Now): The shocking story of a serial killer inspired by an appearance on a 1970s TV show is revisited in this new three-part documentary.

“Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!” (CBS, 8 p.m.): The top-rated diva graces the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in this new concert special.

“Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m.): The new episode explores the history of Russian war crimes in Ukraine and the story of an immigrant family separated at the US-Mexico border.

Wednesday

“Emily in Paris” (Netflix): Our all-American gal’s Gallic adventures continue in the third season of this frothy rom-com. Lily Collins star.

“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Prime Video): Our American CIA operative’s gritty adventures also continue in the third season of this action-packed series. John Krasinski stars.

“The Letter: A Message for Our Earth” (PBS, 8 p.m.): Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical urging global efforts to combat climate change is explored in this 2022 document.

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“Fuhgeddabout Christmas” (VH1, 8 p.m.): “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice leads the cast of this new holiday season.

“They Go Home: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon” (CBS, 9 p.m.): My old friend Simon is back to sing your songs again in this star-studded new special. With Garth Brooks, the Jonas Brothers, the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, et al.

Thursday

“The Best Man: The Final Chapters” (Peacock): The team is here in this new installment that wraps up the movie franchise. By Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, et al.

“I Hate Suzie” (HBO Max): Billie Piper returns as a hard-to-love ex-pop singer in the second season of this British drama.

“Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount+): Tom Cruise takes it one more time in this flying 2022 sequel to the 1986 action thriller. Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Val Kilmer also star.

Friday

“Family Dinner” (HBO Max, Discovery+): “What are we getting?” says celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern as he invites himself to appear for the third season of his foodie travelogue.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (Netflix): Announcing, Daniel Craig returns as Southern-fried sleuth Benoit Blanc in Rian Johnson’s star-studded 2022 follow-up to his hit 2019 whodunit.

“Pinata Masters” (Netflix): Contestants take the opportunity to create their own candy-papier-mache critters in this new competition.

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“Saving the Spirit of Christmas” (AMC+): An American archaeologist in Scotland teams up with a ranch owner in this TV movie. With Ashley Newbrough.

“Sharp Stick” (Hulu): A sheltered 20-something (Kristine Froseth) is engaged to her married employer (Jon Bernthal) in this 2022 comedy from “Girls” creator Lena Dunham. With Jennifer Jason Leigh.

“24th Annual Holiday Home on the Grove” (CBS, 8 p.m.): Little Big Town, “American Idol’s” Katharine McPhee, et al., are among the stars helping to raise awareness of foster care in this special special. Gloria Estefan hosts.

Saturday

“Finding Santa” (Hulu): Watch! Space! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s St. Nick himself is friendly in this new special family.

“63rd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration” (PBS, 3 p.m.): Many of Los Angeles’ music and dance groups including the all-female mariachis Las Colibrí and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles join the festivities live from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

“A Christmas Story” (TBS, 8 p.m.; TNT, 9 p.m.): The two-channel’s annual 24-hour marathon of the nostalgic 1983 holiday comedy is back, airing every two hours. With Peter Billingsley.

“Christmas Eve” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.): The aforementioned Pope Francis leads from Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

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(Los Angeles Times editorial editor Matt Cooper prepared this column.)

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