ABC (8 p.m. ET) and MONDAY, DEC. 12, CBS (8:30 p.m. ET)
Paul Lynde as Scrooge? Almost. In the ABC version, the Sultan of Smirk is a fed-up 1890s paterfamilias in a house holiday-crammed with the likes of Martha Raye, Alice Ghostley, Howard Morris and George Gobel as a peddler. This is in fact a bonanza week for Gobel fans. Ol’ Lonesome George also shows up in a CBS rerun of a 1974 animated version of Night Before Christmas, supplying the voice for Father Mouse. Joel Grey narrates.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8