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‘Home’ tells of joy in foster care

Kevin McDonough United Feature Syndicate

Now in its seventh year, the holiday special “A Home for the Holidays” (8 p.m., CBS) presents true stories of foster children who have shared joy with their new adoptive families.

In addition to these profiles, “Home” offers musical entertainment from Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls and Kelly Rowland. Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Daryl Hannah, George Lopez, Virginia Madsen and Victoria Rowell host and narrate the inspirational vignettes.

Rowell (“The Young and the Restless”) was raised in foster care.

The documentary “Yellow Brick Road” (7 p.m., Cinemax) follows a troupe of actors, each with mental, physical and emotional disabilities, as they prepare for a performance of “The Wizard of Oz” before their family, friends and the general public. The emotional honesty and heartfelt joy of these actors is almost too pure and intense for mere television.

The documentary “Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That” (8 p.m., TCM) recalls the frequently overlooked director of B-movie Westerns. Early on in “Man,” directors Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino sit side by side to extol the virtues of such films as “The Tall T” (1957) as both timeless and cool.

Boetticher’s life, including a childhood spent in the saddle and the boxing ring, and early stints as a would-be bullfighter, reads like a late Victorian adventure novel. His story inspired the 1951 film “Bullfighter and the Lady,” now considered the best matador movie ever made.

Boetticher enjoyed a long professional collaboration with John Wayne. “Seven Men From Now” was the first film made for Wayne’s production company.

Filmmaker Paul Schrader calls that 1956 effort “the quintessential Western.”

While many of his films remain obscure to all but fans of the Western genre, “Man” shows how Boetticher championed the careers of many actors who would become stars of screen and television, including Lee Marvin, Robert Stack, James Arness and Sidney Poitier.

Directed by Bruce Ricker (“Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows”), “Man” is narrated by Ed Harris.

“Great Performances” (7 p.m., KSPS) presents “The Nightingale,” an animated adaptation of Igor Stravinsky’s Chinese fairy tale opera “Le Rossignol.” Ten animators worked for more than a year to create this one-hour film featuring French soprano Natalie Dessay and the Paris National Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Just when you think the season is a little short on guilty-pleasure train-wreck programming, along comes “Being Bobby Brown: Christmas With The Browns” (11 p.m., Bravo).

Other highlights

Santa is out there! Sci Fi unwraps a 10-hour marathon of “The X-Files” (8 a.m., Sci Fi).

Howie Mandel hosts “Deal or No Deal” (8 p.m., NBC).

A sleepy town in a bomber’s crosshairs on “Criminal Minds” (9 p.m., CBS).

A winner emerges, and the agony concludes on “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” (9 p.m., NBC).

On two episodes of “Lost” (ABC), Sawyer’s wound festers (9 p.m.), and parallel fates (10 p.m.).

A plastic surgeon loses face on “CSI: NY” (10 p.m., CBS).

A vigilante’s vehicular demise on “Law & Order” (10 p.m., NBC).

Cult choice

The 1988 holiday special “A Very Brady Christmas” (8 p.m., Family) reunited much of the original cast, including Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Jennifer Runyon and Barry Williams.

Series notes

Kelso steals the holiday spirit on “That ‘70s Show” (8 p.m., Fox) … Harsh holiday memories on “George Lopez” (8 p.m., ABC) … A secret refuge on “Everybody Hates Chris” (8 p.m., UPN) … Hard feelings on the hardwood on “One Tree Hill” (8 p.m., WB) … One stupid cupid on “Stacked” (8:30 p.m., Fox) … Love in the Laundromat on “Freddie” (8:30 p.m., ABC) … A question of faith on “Girlfriends” (8:30 p.m., UPN) … Opposites detract on “Trading Spouses” (9 p.m., Fox) … Grief and suspicions on “Veronica Mars” (9 p.m., UPN).

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