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For those of you overmedicated on reruns of Jimmy Stewart, Charlie Brown, and yet another version of A Christmas Carol, here’s some alternate holiday viewing. Yellow Brick Road (December 21, 7 p.m., Cinemax) is what documentarians Matthew Makar and Keith Rondinelli saw when they watched a cast of handicapped New Yorkers rehearse for a one-night performance of The Wizard of Oz. Scarecrow, needing to keep a job more than he does his role, proves to be more worrisome than a wheelchair-bound Tin Man who likes to sing Barry White as much as Harold Arlen. Opening (and closing) night is a wicked wonder. The Nightingale (December 21, 8 p.m., PBS) is what filmmaker Christian Chaudet has made from Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale, Igor Stravinsky’s Chinese opera, French soprano Natalie Dessay, the Paris National Opera Chorus, and computer animation—a delightful Great Performances that invites us to wonder, like the dying emperor, if computer animation is the mechanical nightingale or the real one. And Seamless (December 26, 9 p.m., Sundance) introduces us to four young designers as they compete for a $250,000 prize co-sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue. You may find that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is easier on the eyes than are any of the designs, and certainly much more interesting than the novels she’s been stuck in.


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