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THE STORY OF THE U.S. WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM
8 p.m. on HBO
HBO Sports tells the story of an unusual group of young women who excelled on the world soccer stage and attained celebrity status at home.
The 90-minute documentary focuses on Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly and Joy Fawcett, who played together for 17 years on the U.S. National Team, and teammates April Heinrichs, Briana Scurry, Carla Overbeck and Michelle Akers. The team brought home two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004) and two World Cup titles (1991, 1999).
FAMILY TELEVISION AWARDS
8 p.m. on WB 54, 8:30 p.m. on WB 50
Country singer and actress Reba McEntire, who stars in her own WB sitcom, will host the seventh annual show that offers awards for actor, actress, comedy, drama, lifetime achievement, movie, new series, reality and reality host. The show was taped Nov. 30 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Christmas in Boston
8 p.m. on ABC Family
Gina (Marla Sokoloff) and Seth (Patrick Adams), pen pals since childhood, plan to meet at last as adults -- but they're nervous about each other's expectations. So they send their best friends Ellen (Lindy Booth) and Matt (Jonathan Cherry) to pose as themselves, and, of course, Ellen and Matt fall for each other -- causing complications for the real Gina and Seth.
24 Hours of Shakespeare
Starting at 6 a.m. on TCM
Fans of the Bard will find a marathon of movies beginning with "King John," released in 1899 in a seven-part series of silent shorts. Also airing are films featuring Laurence Olivier, including "Othello," the 1965 production where he re-created his stage performance, "As You Like It" (1936) and "Hamlet" (1948), which garnered Oscars for best picture and best actor.
8 p.m. on WETA
Storyteller Chenoa Egawa and journalist Bob Simmons host an hour-long special, sharing stories and legends about the Inside Passage, a 1,000-mile-long sea route between Seattle and the Alaskan panhandle.
The documentary explores the history, cultural diversity and natural beauty of the passage -- including readings of excerpts from journals of 16th-century explorers, conversations with current residents and a look at the 1897 Yukon gold rush that saw Seattle double in size and led to the establishment of Juneau, Alaska.
L.A. Holiday Celebration
10 p.m. on WETA
The blending of cultures combines with seasonal music and dance in this new special. Taped on Christmas Eve 2004, the 46th annual marathon of dance and music features more than 1,000 performers, from youth choirs to orchestras and dance companies throughout the Los Angeles area.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
7 p.m. on ABC
The hills are alive once again as the musical favorite returns to television in a four-hour broadcast. Winner of five Oscars, the film stars Julie Andrews as a youthful nun-turned-governess. The movie marked its 40th anniversary recently with a bonus-packed DVD, released by Fox Home Entertainment ($26.98).
MEET THE SANTAS
9 p.m. on Hallmark
Nicholas "Nick" Claus (Steve Guttenberg) and Beth Marshall (Crystal Bernard) prepare for their Christmas Eve nuptials and look toward taking over the family business from Nicholas's dad, Santa Claus. But first they must deal with Beth's mother, who wants to turn their special day into her own project.
The movie is a sequel to 2004's "Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus," which was Hallmark Channel's highest-rated original movie. That movie airs at 7 p.m., just before "Meet the Santas."
-- Written and compiled by the TV Week staff