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Friday TV Picks: ‘A Christmas Carol: The Concert’ on KCTS

TV picks for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, include “A Christmas Carol: The Concert” on KCTS, “It’s a Wonderful Life” on NBC and “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” on CBS.

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‘A Christmas Carol: The Concert’

With so much holiday programming on your TV, here’s a unique alternative: A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 story of Ebenezer Scrooge. The score was composed by Bob Christianson, lyrics by Alisa Hauser, and Michael Aaron Lindner stars as Scrooge. 8 p.m. Friday on KCTS (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Friday

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), 8 p.m. (NBC): Ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel.

“I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8 p.m. (CBS): The Mertzes help the Ricardos decorate their Christmas tree; the Ricardos and Mertzes visit Rome.

“Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives,” 8 p.m. (Food): Guy heads to North Pole, Alaska, to visit local establishments.

“Christmas in Washington 2013,” 8 p.m. (TNT): Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monáe and Pat Monahan perform in the annual holiday concert at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Nikita,” 9 p.m. (The CW): Ryan reveals a secret that could derail Nikita’s plans to be free of The Shop; Michael contemplates the future; a loan shark goes after Sam.

“Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown,” 9 p.m. (Fox): Charlie and the other “Peanuts” try to help Linus part with his security blanket. Animated.

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