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NFL Football

NBC | 8:15 pm
A pair of possible MVP candidates meet on the gridiron when Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Both are among the NFL's passing leaders but Watson has more interceptions than Brady, who won't have to worry about Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt being in his face. Watt is lost for the season with an injury. This matchup could be repeated a month from now in the playoffs. […]

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

ABC | 8:00 pm
A lanky mailman with the voice of Fred Astaire explains Santa's origins in this animated 1970 special, which sidesteps the St. Nicholas part. In this version, the future jolly old elf is a foundling adopted by the Kringles, a family of toymakers. He grows up with toys in his blood, so to speak, and feels called to give them away to the local youngsters — but mean old Burgermeister Meisterburger will have none of that. […]

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The Simpsons

FOX | 8:00 pm
Hi-Diddly-Ho! This long-running comedy serves up a Flanders-centric half-hour in the new episode "Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?" As that title suggests, young Todd Flanders (voice of Nancy Cartwright) is wrestling with a crisis of faith after blaming God for the death of his mother. Needless to say, his pious father Ned (voice of Harry Shearer) is alarmed by this turn of events, so he resorts to a dire strategy: sending Todd to live with the Simpsons, to scare him back into God's arms. […]