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From top left: Taylor Swift (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for IHeartRadio), Taraji P. Henson (Photo: Michael Becker/Fox), Sheamus (Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images for WWE)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, December 14. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

The IHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 (The CW, 8 p.m.)/Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (Fox, 9:02 p.m.)/WWE Tribute To The Troops (USA, 8 p.m.): As we prepare to take a brief respite to mark the end of another trip around the sun, it’s important to remember that December is not the domain of a single, monolithic holiday. Tonight’s the third night of Hanukkah, Santa Claus takes flight in 10 days, and on your TV, three distinct but somewhat similar celebrations take place this evening. Swifties will tune to The IHeartRadio Jingle Ball for a visit from their Reputation-hawking Santa and her elfin, guitar-strumming helper; for the third consecutive year, Taraji P. Henson is staging her own White Hot Holiday with a host of carolers who include Chaka Khan, Ciara, and Salt-N-Pepa; and the WWE takes a cue from the ancient celebration of Festivus and its annual feats of strength with a Tribute To The Troops special centered on a six-man tag team match. Whichever you choose to celebrate, remember the reason for the season: television—teacher, mother, secret lover.


Wild card

Prefab Nation (FYI, 11 p.m.): Move over, tiny homes: Prefabricated houses are the hot new trend in lifestyle programming—if the existence of this show is any indication, at least. But keep looking over your shoulders, Prefab, because yurts are coming for you in 2019.

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