WITH THE HOLIDAYS looming, the onset of the usual proliferation of yuletide television is noticeable. But beginning with tonight's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (at 8 on basic-service TNT), you may also notice that some Christmas season favorites have been snagged by cable channels.
But first comes Hannukah, which begins at sundown Wednesday. A couple observances on the tube include a special episode of the cable series "Big Brother Jake," at 6 p.m. Saturday on The Family Channel, and two Maryland Public Television shows, "Hannukah: A Celebration of Freedom," which will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on Channels 22 and 67, and "Dosvedanya Means Good-bye," which will be shown at 11 p.m. Dec. 17.
In addition to "Grinch," Ted Turner's capture of Dr. Suess' nasty noel nemesis (it can be seen again on TNT Sunday and Dec. 12), several other one-time network shows can be seen only on cable this year: The touching "A Child's Christmas in Wales" moves from PBS to The Disney Channel, premiering Tuesday (with numerous repeats), and "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" from 1962 premieres Dec. 13 on USA.