“Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., PBS
Photographer Michael Forsberg explores the unique wildlife and ecosystems of the Great Plains.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 7 p.m., ABC (1965)
The classic animated holiday special where Charlie Brown and his friends mount a holiday pageant and bemoan the commercialism of the Christmas holiday.
“SNL Christmas” 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., NBC
Memorable holiday-themed sketches from “Saturday Night Live.”
“Criminal Minds” 8 p.m., CBS (New)
An attendee at a popular motivational speaker’s conference in Seattle is murdered, and the speaker himself disappears soon afterward.
“Supernatural” 8 p.m., CW (New)
Castiel tells Sam and Deal that he wants to become a hunter, then helps them investigate a case in which a man’s heart literally burst through his chest.
“Modern Family” 8 p.m. to 8:31 p.m., ABC (New)
Mitchell reluctantly joins Cameron in a campaign to save an old tree in the park. Jay and Phil go into the boxing ring, where Phil may or may not be working out some aggression toward his father-in-law.
“Suburgatory” 8:31 p.m. to 9 p.m., ABC (New)
George likes his new suburban look until some of his friends from the city visit and find his new appearance — and girlfriend — the source of their amusement.
“The Andromeda Strain” 9 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., TCM (1971)
Thriller about an alien microorganism the destroys a town and threatens the world. Based on the Michael Crichton novel.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” 9 p.m., CBS (New)
Brass discovers some surprising facts about his troubled daughter.
“Nashville” 9 p.m., ABC (New)
Scarlett tries to move on from boyfriend Avery by bonding with singing partner Gunnar.
“American Horror Story: Asylum” 9 p.m., FX (New)
Sister Mary Eunice senses an evil presence at the mental institution. Um, did she look in the mirror, because that might be a good place to start.
“Hot in Cleveland” 9 p.m., TV Land (New, season premiere)
The ladies learn the identity of the baby who was left on their doorstep, and Elka (Betty White) tries to regain the upper hand with Pierre.
“Happily Divorced” 9:30 p.m., TV Land (New, season premiere)
Fran faces a romantic dilemma when she can’t decide between Elliot and Frankie.
— Laura King
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