“War Horse” 6:30 p.m., Showtime (2011)
Steven Spielberg directs this war drama about a young man who enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. His hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages.
“Casting Call to Curtain Call” 7 p.m., NET
Go backstage at the Omaha Community Playhouse staging of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” including auditions, casting decisions, behind-the-curtain struggles and the creative process.
“Country Stars at Home” 7 p.m., HGTV (New)
Go inside the Nashville homes of Naomi Judd and George Jones and hitch a ride on tour buses belonging to Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley and Amy Grant. Also, Trace Adkins tackles a backyard makeover.
“Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour” 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., ABC (New, two-part special)
The ABC News reporter explores biblical stories and places in the Middle East to investigate the origins of many of the world’s religions.
“New Year’s Eve” 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., HBO (2011)
An all-star cast makes up this Garry Marshall ensemble comedy about the lives of several couples and singles in New York City that intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher and more.
“Fringe” 8 p.m., Fox (New)
The team calls on Nina Sharp to help devise a plan to defeat the Observers, but time is running out in their quest to save the world.
— Laura King
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