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What to Watch on Thursday: NBC presents ‘The Wiz Live’

(L-R): Amber Riley as Addapearle, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Mary J. Blige as Evillene in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”
(L-R): Amber Riley as Addapearle, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Mary J. Blige as Evillene in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Paul Gilmore/NBC

The Wiz Live (8 p.m., NBC) – A live presentation of the soulful “Wizard of Oz” adaptation with Shanice Williams playing Dorothy. Also features Ne-Yo, Amber Riley, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier and Common.

Vampire Diaries (8 p.m., CW) – While Julian and Lily host a party to celebrate Mary Louise and Nora’s anniversary, Stefan and Damon initiate a risky plan.

Shrek the Halls (8:30 p.m., ABC) – Shrek’s plans for a cozy family Christmas are derailed when Donkey, Puss in Boots and others show up at his door.

CMA Country Christmas (9 p.m., ABC) – Music stars like Jewel, Dan & Shay, Darius Rucker, David Nail, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride perform holiday songs. Jennifer Nettles hosts.

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