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What to Watch on Monday: The definitive Santa Claus origin story

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” features Fred Astaire narrating the story of Kris Kringle.
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” features Fred Astaire narrating the story of Kris Kringle. RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTIONS/ABC FAMILY

Santa Claus is Comin ’ to Town (8pm, ABC) - In the greatest Christmas special ever created, Fred Astaire explains the Santa Claus origin story – which includes his struggle against the bitter Burgermeister Meisterburger who fights to keep Kris Kringle from delivering toys to the children of Sombertown. This is Santa 101, folks.

The Sing-Off (9pm, NBC) - In the Season 4 premiere, the a cappella groups try to impress judges and win over the crowd with the best songs from their music libraries. Ben Folds returns as a judge along with Shawn Stockman. Jewel is a new judge this season, and Nick Lachey is the host.

The Great Christmas Light Fight (9pm, ABC) - Four families decorate their homes in the premiere of this competition series in which clans – from across some country where energy conservation is of no concern – create extreme Christmas displays in hopes of winning a $50,000 prize. Oh wait, this takes place in America. Never mind.

Sleepy Hollow (9pm, Fox) - Ichabod needs Henry’s help to communicate with Katrina, but their contact releases a monster from purgatory.

Major Crimes (9pm, TNT) - The squad investigates when a body is discovered at an exclusive country club in a quiet neighborhood. Meanwhile, Flynn is distracted on the job, and Rusty questions Emma’s intentions.

Bonnie & Clyde (9pm, A&E, History and Lifetime) - In the conclusion, Bonnie pushes Clyde to commit ever-more daring crimes in order to generate bigger headlines and gain them more fame. But the law eventually begins to close in on the Barrow gang.

30 for 30: Survive and Advance (9pm, ESPN) - A repeat of the ah-maazing documentary chronicling N.C. State’s improbable to the 1983 NCAA basketball title. Wolfpack guard Dereck Whittenburg helps tell the story of nine postseason wins under coach Jim Valvano, whose 1993 death capped a heartbreaking aftermath for the team. If you missed this earlier this year, set your DVR right now.

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