SoCal TV, Dec. 24-30: ‘A Christmas Story,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ Ricky Gervais and more
We’ve also got the 64th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration on Christmas Eve and the NFL and the NBA on Christmas Day
Welcome to an all-new TV or Not TV roundup of new and noteworthy programming on broadcast, cable and streaming this week. I’m Matt Cooper, former listings coordinator for the Los Angeles Times’ Calendar section.
What would you like to watch?
Sunday — Dec. 24
Fast horses: Riders from the Lakota Nation participate in the storied sport of Indian Relay Racing in the new documentary “Sacred Dogs” on the season finale of “E60.” 2 p.m. ESPN
Dozens of local music and dance groups share the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown L.A. in a live simulcast of “The 64th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration.” 3 p.m. KOCE and live streaming on the PBS SoCal website; repeats at 6 p.m. on KOCE
A suicidal family man (James Stewart) gets an angelic assist, and just in the nick of time, in Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 holiday fable “It’s a Wonderful Life.” With Henry Travers and Donna Reed. 8 p.m. NBC
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without these annual 24-hour marathons of the nostalgic 1983 comedy “A Christmas Story.” With Peter Billingsley. 8 p.m. TBS, 9 p.m. TNT, with showings every two hours
Grammy winner Shirley Caesar, a.k.a. the “Queen of Gospel Music,” is among the performers making a joyful noise in the “Gospel Superfest 2023 Christmas Special.” 10 p.m. BET
Pope Francis officiates Christmas Eve Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in this annual special. 11:30 p.m. NBC