It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Hardly, not with a week's worth of cold turkey sandwiches still left in the refrigerator. But that doesn't stop TV programmers from hauling out the classic holiday chestnuts we've been watching for decades. Of course, you could tape them and play them later
* "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Watch this today, and you won't even remember it when Christmas rolls in four weeks from now. Wouldn't it be better to enjoy this at a time when the holidays are really on your mind? "Rudolph" is one of two essential holiday viewing experiences at our house (along with "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which at least won't be shown until next month). CBS.
* "Frasier" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11). The least-seen (as in never) member of the Crane household takes center stage today, as Niles' wife Maris disappears (not that she's ever appeared in the first place). "Frasier"
is one of the most consistently funny half-hours on television. Let's hope stretching it to an hour doesn't dilute the magic. NBC.
* "Frontline" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WETA, Channel 26) -- The dark underbelly of last week's "Beatles Anthology," and an examination of what makes a deranged mind do what it does, "The Man Who Shot John Lennon" on "Frontline" looks at a day in the life of Mark David Chapman. The day was Dec. 8, 1980, the day he murdered John Lennon. Particularly chilling are recordings of statements he made to police, explaining why he did it. PBS.
* "Barbarella" (12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., TNT) -- Why would anyone want to watch this movie on broadcast television? I can't believe it won't be hacked to pieces. Not that it's that great to begin with, but it is fun in an adult-cartoonish sort of way and shows off Jane Fonda in a role she probably regrets -- an intergalactic sex kitten. Considering she's nude during much of the credits, the censors should have fun with this one from the get-go.