Do you believe?. . .
* "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," opening Friday, lacks the usual Disney magic, somehow failing to capture the appeal of C.S. Lewis's fantastical story. Sure, the PG-rated movie has some great moments and cool special effects (such as the realistic talking animals). But the fight scenes look like "Lord of the Rings" outtakes, and the biblical good-vs.-evil references are preachy. Worst of all: The 21/2-hour movie drags at times. However, don't leave early; you need to sit through the end credits for an important final scene.
* Want more of the National Zoo's panda cub, Tai Shan? Animal Planet has a one-hour documentary, "A Panda Is Born," Saturday at 8 p.m.
* "Knights of the South Bronx," Tuesday at 8 p.m. on A&E, is a pleasant movie about an English teacher who improves students' lives by introducing them to chess.
* Mark the 40th anniversary of
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Then watch the two-year-old "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown," airing Friday at 8 p.m., also on ABC.
* Nickelodeon has holiday-themed episodes at 8:30 p.m. this week: "The Fairly OddParents" (tonight), "Danny Phantom" (Tuesday), "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Wednesday) and "The Adventures
of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius" (Thursday).
-- Scott Moore