TV Top 5.
"A Country Christmas Story'' (8 p.m. and 12:02 a.m., LIFE) An Appalachian mountain girl pursues her dream of becoming a country singer, despite her mother's wishes to the contrary. She is reunited with her musician father when she enters a singing competition hosted by Dolly Parton at Dollywood.
"On the Road'' (8 p.m., SHO) Aspiring writer Sal Paradise hits the road with charismatic ex-con Dean Moriarty and Dean's smoldering wife Marylou in a bid to experience true freedom. Later, the trio are joined by a stranger who hastens their plunge into hedonism.
"Snow Bride'' (8 p.m., HALMRK) A reporter meets the son of a celebrated political family and agrees to pose as his girlfriend at Christmastime, but problems arise when she must decide whether to betray the family's trust to save her job, or take a chance on real love.
"Taken 2'' (8 p.m. and 2 a.m., HBO) Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills and his family are targeted by a vengeful crime lord while vacationing in Istanbul, forcing him to fight an army of killers in order to get back home alive.
"Beast of the Bering Sea'' (9 p.m. and 1 a.m., SYFY) Two siblings hunting for gold get more than they bargained for when they strike an underwater cave that's occupied by sea vampires.
"Miss Universe'' (9 p.m., Chs. 7, 10 and 22) Global beauties compete in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories at the 62nd annual gala, hosted by Thomas Roberts and Mel B from Crocus City Hall in Moscow.
"Austin City Limits'' (midnight, Ch. 44) Emeli Sande spotlights selections from her 2012 "Our Version of Events'' album; Michael Kiwanuka sings songs from his 2012 "Home Again'' album.