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What to Watch on Monday: Christmas love from Charlie Brown, the Muppets and country stars

Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn the real meaning of Christmas in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn the real meaning of Christmas in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” © 1965 United Features Syndicate

Charlie Brown Christmas (8pm, ABC) - In the Emmy and Peabody-winning animated cartoon from 1965, the gang mounts a holiday pageant as Charlie Brown bemoans Yuletide commercialism.

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (8pm, CW) - A friendly angel shows Kermit that he still has a wonderful life after a bitter banker shuts Muppet Theatre on Christmas Eve. Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, William H. Macy, Mel Brooks and many others.

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - Barney wants to have the rehearsal dinner at a laser-tag venue, while Lily is upset when Ted fails to live up to a promise.

Almost Human (8pm, Fox) - An old colleague of Kennex’s goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous drug ring, but when his cover is blown and the scope of the investigation intensifies, Kennex and Dorian need the kind of help that only Rudy can provide.

CMA Country Christmas (9pm, ABC) - Four-time host Jennifer Nettles emcees this special featuring traditional songs and memories of holiday experiences from country music stars, including Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler and Darius Rucker.

Major Crimes (9pm, TNT) - The squad tracks a newly released prisoner after he misses two parole meetings and his therapist questions his mental state.

Hostages (10pm, CBS) - Duncan locks the Sanders family in a room for the day while he and his unit go to New York to eliminate the two-person sniper team targeting the president. Meanwhile, Nina’s mother tells Burton that she wants to expose the president.

The Blacklist (10pm, NBC) - Liz infiltrates the black site, but trouble looms large. Red sets out to bargain with the blacklist target as Ressler’s destiny hangs in the balance.

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