In “19th-Century Holiday Feast,” a special new yuletide episode that marks a decided change of pace for host Guy Fieri, some chef friends drop by Fieri’s ranch to prepare a holiday meal inspired in large part by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Marc Murphy starts things off with a pumpkin eggnog and a delicious roasted squash with sage, ricotta and pomegranate, then roasts a whole fish in a crusted salt shell. Alex Guarnaschelli contributes a potato-turnip gratin and black-pepper chicken, followed by Michael Voltaggio’s tangy sausage balls.
7:55 p.m. on HBO – Premiere
Jonathan Levine’s 2019 romantic comedy requires a hefty suspension of disbelief, but once you get there, it mostly works, thanks to — we’re not making this up — some first-rate chemistry between stars Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. Many years ago, she was his babysitter, but now she’s the current U.S. Secretary of State about to launch a presidential bid. She hires him as her speech writer, and things develop from here. Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael (“Grace and Frankie”), Bob Odenkirk and Alexander Skarsgard also star.
8 p.m. ET on FXX – Premiere
Timothy Reckart’s 2017 CGI-animated faith-based comedy takes the story of the Nativity as a starting point, but charts its own course with plenty of family-friendly laughs prominently featuring talking animals. Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi provide the voices of Mary and Joseph; the stellar voice cast also includes Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Kristin Chenoweth, Patricia Heaton, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Christopher Plummer. Mariah Carey’s title tune got a Golden Globe nomination as best original song.
A Christmas Love Story
8 p.m. ET on HALLMARK – Premiere
Broadway star turned New York school choir director Katherine Clark (Kristin Chenoweth) faces some serious last-minute challenges as she prepares her students for their annual Christmas Eve concert when one of her main vocalists falls ill in this 2019 yuletide drama. Fortunately, Danny (Kevin Quinn), a teenage volunteer on Katherine’s stage crew, turns out to have a great voice himself and is happy to fill in. Less happily, however, Danny’s widowed dad, Greg (Scott Wolf), sees such activities as a waste of time. Jennifer Aspen co-stars.