Sunday TV: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

bruce-springsteen-on-broadway-photo-by-rob-demartinCreated from the soul-searching narrative in his autobiography “Born to Run“ along with his own acoustic reinterpretations of his songbook, “Springsteen on Broadway” (Netflix, streaming) was a hit on Broadway and a special Tony award winner despite its astronomical prices. After closing this week, it gets its widest distribution yet on a streaming service. Live shows discouraged clapping or singing along, or the taking of pictures. Now you can go crazy with those things.

A fluffier kind of pop is featured on the “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018” (CW, 8 p.m.) at Madison Square Garden last weekend. The lineup features Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Cardi B., Calvin Harris, G-Eazy, Dua Lipa, Khalid, Alessia Cara, Methan Trainor, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi Sabrina Carpenter and Monsta X.

If we are in a reckoning in dealing with gender, why is there still a network broadcast of the 2018 Miss Universe (Fox, 7 p.m.), such as this one from Bangkok? Steve Harvey hosts the three hour event, and may actually announce the correct winner.

The hills are alive with the holiday showing of “The Sound of Music” (ABC, 7 p.m.).

Among the made-for-TV Christmas romances tonight are “A Gingerbread Romance” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.), Tia Mowry-Hardrict is an architect charge with creating a life sized gingerbread house, for which she works closely with her pastry chef, played by Duane henry. In “Coins for Christmas” (TVOne, 7 p.m.), Essence Atkins a single mother who becomes a driver for a surly retired football player (Stephen Bishop).  Finally, on “A Christmas in Royal Fashion” (ION, 9 p.m.), Cindy Busby plays a woman falls for a royal involved with he holiday fashion show she’s promoting (Diarmaid Murtaugh).

Other Christmas movies tonight include “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Freeform, 6:35 p.m.; and in Spanish on Telemundo, 9 p.m.), “White Christmas” (Sundance, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m.), “A Prince for Christmas” (ION, 7 p.m.), “Hometown Christmas” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), “Bad Santa” (Paramount, 8 p.m.), “Elf” (AMC, 8:15 and 10:15 p.m.), the 2009 Jim Carrey “A Christmas Carol” (9:15 p.m.), “Reunited at Christmas” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.), “Christmas Around the Corner” (Lifetime) and “A Miracle on Christmas Lake” (Freeform, 11:20 p.m.).

Sally is hit on by her boss while on a work trip on “Sally4Ever” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.).

The duo on “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) run through their plan a couple of times.

Debra finally confronts “Dirty John” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

Ray works to make things right with Sam on “Ray Donovan” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

Three finalists on the “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” (Food, 9 p.m.) prepare their Ultimate Holiday Celebration scene.

Howard’s loyalties are tested while trapped on the other side in “Counterpart” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

A Marine reservist with PTSD goes missing on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

Sunday Night Football has Philadelphia at Rams (NBC, 8:20 p.m.). Earlier games include Washington at Jacksonville (CBS, 1 p.m.), Tampa Bay at Baltimore (Fox, 1 p.m.) and New England at Pittsburgh (CBS, 4:25 p.m.).

A baby kangaroo is pocketed on “Crikey! It’s the Irwins” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.).

Men bail on Nene’s couples trip on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.), so it becomes a girls’ trip.

“River Monsters” (Science, 8 p.m.) looks for the Loch Ness, but they might be tipped off when it is also featured subject on “Mythical Beasts” (Science, 10 p.m.) that follows.

A family missing a son for 40 years wonders if he fell victim to John Wayne Gacy on “Deadly Legacy” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

“Amanda to the Rescue” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.) goes undercover to rescue dogs from puppy mills.

Turner Classic Films has holiday double bill of “Meet Me in St. Louis” (8 p.m.) and “Little Women” (10 p.m.), is followed by Carl Dreyer’s 1927 silent “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (midnight) and the French import “Children of Paradise” (2 a.m.).

Hockey has Vegas at Rangers (NHL, 12:30 p.m.) and Buffalo at Boston (NHL, 5 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes West Virginia vs. Rhode Island (CBS Sports, 1 p.m.), Central Connecticut at Providence (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.), Saint Louis at Houston (ESPNU, 3 p.m.), Dayton vs. Tulsa (CBS Sports, 3:30 p.m.), Wagner at St. John’s (Fox Sports 1, 4:30 p.m.) and Indiana State at TCU (ESPNU, 5 p.m.).

Women’s games included South Carolina at Purdue (ESPN2, 3 p.m.).

Drivers race to the podium for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Awards Show (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.) from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

And there are the U.S. Winter Nationals in swimming (NBC, 2 p.m.).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Rudy Giuliani, Sens. Susan Collins and Dick Durbin. CBS: Tump adviser Stephen Miller, former adviser to Michael Cohen Lanny Davis, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Will Hurd, Sen. John Barrasso. NBC: Rep. Adam Schiff, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Roy Blunt. CNN: Collins, Rep. Elijah Cummings. Fox News: Giuliani, Bill Gates.

 

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