Rosie O'Donnell sings a merry tune -- in fact, more than one -- Sunday at 8 on her ABC special, "A Rosie Christmas."
Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, 'N Sync, Rosemary Clooney, Donny Osmond, Trisha Yearwood and Elmo the Muppet join her for songs featured on an album of the same name that benefits O'Donnell's nonprofit For All Kids Foundation.
Marc Anthony, Billy Porter and Darren Hayes of Savage Garden also participate in the hour-long show from New York's Longacre Theatre.
O'Donnell sings "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" with Clooney; "God Bless Us Everyone" with Dion; "Do You Hear What I Hear?" with Elmo; "Gonna Eat for Christmas" with Estefan; "Love's in Our Hearts on Christmas Day" with 'N Sync; "Santa on the Rooftop" with Yearwood; and "Winter Wonderland" with Osmond.
In addition, Anthony sings "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" and a track from his latest release; Porter offers "O Holy Night"; and Hayes does "Last Christmas."
CBS, in particular, offers a plethora of holiday programs this week. Look, too, for Hanukah programs on PBS and a Hanukah story, "Something From Nothing," Sunday at 7:30 on Pax network.
In addition, "Harambee!" on WHUT presents a story about one family's first Kwanzaa celebration.
"Burn the Floor"
Sunday at 7 on WETA,
Wednesday at 8 on MPT
Dance partners Nicole and Matthew Cutler will be in WETA's studios Sunday to introduce this new program featuring 22 couples demonstrating 10 standard and Latin dance styles.
The program has its roots in Elton John's 50th birthday party last year, where 600 guests -- including this show's producer, Harley Metcalf -- watched a 20-minute blitz of competitive ballroom dancing. For this production, the 44 dancers require 380 costumes.
Monday at 8 on Fox
This one-hour special, based on the Cinderella fairytale, stars Keri Russell as a princess who has to find a husband by midnight. The solution? She turns her birthday ball into a search among the land's unmarried men and monsters. Kathy Najimy is the stepmother who sends her own sons, Telly Monster and Baby Bear, to the ball, while she tries to keep sweet CinderElmo at home. Oliver Platt plays the Fairy Godperson who is uncertain of his powers, and French Stewart is Prince, first a dog, then a human still wearing the dog collar.
Monday at 8 on MPT
Alistair Cooke reminisces about his role as host of "Omnibus," a weekly, 90-minute show that aired from 1952 to 1961. It offered the best in dance, music, opera, drama, history, science and art, as well as the TV debuts of celebrities including Leonard Bernstein, Agnes DeMille, Orson Welles, Jonathan Winters, James Dean and Dr. Seuss. Hume Cronyn, who appeared on several shows with his wife Jessica Tandy hosts this retrospective.
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Wednesday at 8 on Fox
For the 10th awards show, Metallica performs with a 79-piece orchestra from a spot overlooking the Las Vegas strip. Also aboard: Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Jennifer Lopez, Lou Bega, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Degrees, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Blink 182, Juvenile, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Everlast, DMX and Backstreet Boys.