WATCH THIS:

  • "The Sound of Music Live!" (8 p.m., NBC): Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer get their von Trapp on during a live three-hour reboot of the classic musical. The cast also includes Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess.

  • "Comedy Warriors" (8 p.m., Showtime): This decidedly offbeat documentary finds funny guys like Bob Saget, Lewis Black and others helping to heal severely wounded war veterans by teaching them the art of stand-up comedy. Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine.

  • "Glee" (9 p.m., FOX): In the holiday-themed midseason finale, Rachel, Santana and Kurt get elfish when they score jobs working for a mall Santa.

    Carrie Underwood stars in "The Sound of Music Live!" on Dec. 5, 20013.
    Carrie Underwood stars in "The Sound of Music Live!" on Dec. 5, 20013. (NBC)

  • "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (9 p.m., ABC Family): Michael Caine fights for screen time with Kermit and Fozzie Bear, while trying to play it straight. A tough challenge, indeed, but Caine pulls it off wonderfully, and with feeling.

    Also on Thursday:

  • "The Polar Express" (7 p.m., ABC Family)

  • "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS)

  • "The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., The CW)

  • "The X Factor" (8 p.m., Fox)

  • "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (8 p.m., ABC)

  • "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC)

  • "The Millionaire Matchmaker," Series premiere (9 p.m., Bravo)

  • "Elementary" (10 p.m., CBS)

  • "Scandal" (10 p.m., ABC)

  • "Ground Floor" (10 p.m., TBS)


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