3 for Tuesday: ‘The Middle,’ ‘Scrooged,’ ‘Kranks’

The Middle

Our biweekly TV family-viewing guide returns with three choices between Tuesday and Thursday, starting with the Christmas episode from the final season of one of America’s favorite sitcoms, starring one of our favorite Catholic stars.

The Middle: The Christmas Miracle — Tuesday, 8 p.m., ABC

From ABC:

It’s Christmastime, and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Sue (Eden Sher) are devastated after Axl (Charlie McDermott) informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike (Neil Flynn) goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Here’s a promo:

Fans know that Heaton is a devout Catholic, but they may not be aware that Atticus Shaffer is also an outspoken Christian. Here’s a clip of his appearance on season 2 of the interview show “Frankly Faraci” on Dove Channel (click here for season one; click here for info on season 2 on Dove Channel).

MythBusters: Star Wars Myths Countdown — Wednesday, 8 p.m., Science Channel

With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hitting theaters this weekend, seems like a good time for the MythBusters to look at the scientific truth behind a lot of the show’s most spectacular special effects.

Speaking of the movie, here’s an extended trailer:

Christmas With the Kranks (2004) — Thursday, 8 p.m., Lifetime

This one wound up on the USCCB’s list of recommended Christmas movies, Here’s what the U.S. bishops had to say:

Delightful yuletide comedy about a Chicago couple (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) who boycott Christmas after their daughter leaves home to join the Peace Corps, sparking unforeseen reactions from their militantly merry neighbors (led by Dan Aykroyd). The film is based on the novella “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham. Director Joe Roth delivers a dose of holly-jolly fun that is, by turns, extremely funny and poignantly tender, and its warmhearted message of selflessness, family and coming together as a community clearly embodies the truest spirit of the season. Some suggestive humor, comic violence and mildly crude language.

See you later with 5 for Friday, looking forward to the weekend.

Image: Courtesy ABC

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