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What to Watch on Thursday: ‘Grinch’ ushers out last of Christmas programming

The Grinch tries – and fails – to destroy Christmas for the Whos of Whoville.
The Grinch tries – and fails – to destroy Christmas for the Whos of Whoville. Cat in the Hat Productions

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m., ABC) – This can’t be the first airing of the animated 1966 Dr. Seuss classic this season, but it’s the first time I’ve noticed it on the schedule. Christmas night, with the kiddies winding down after a crazy day of hyped-up holiday fun, is a great time to watch the small-hearted Grinch try – and fail – to destroy Christmas for the Whos of Whoville. (The Jim Carrey live-action version, which has aired a lot already, starts at 8:30.)

30 for 30: Fan’s Choice (8 p.m., ESPN) – Viewer-voted episodes of the 30 for 30 sports documentary series are featured. (Our vote is for “Survive and Advance.”)

How Murray Saved Christmas (8 p.m., NBC) – A repeat of a new holiday cartoon in which a cranky deli owner is forced to fill in for Santa at Christmas and does a weirdly wonderful job.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (9 p.m., NBC) – Another new holiday cartoon, this one based on the movie and stage version of “Elf,” gets a second showing.

Doctor Who: Last Christmas (9 p.m., BBC America) –The annual Christmas episode features the Doctor, Clara and Santa Claus on a dangerous sleigh ride through space and time.

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