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A smattering of specials on a light week in the TV game. (Fans of the musical, Hamilton, hopefully have a way to record shows, because two specials on Wednesday prominently feature that record-breaking show.) Merry Christmas and Happy viewing!
Excellence Awards 2018 – 7:30 to 8:30pm on Omni
Celebrating the achievement of youth leaders and members of the community of African descent.
The Year: 2018 – 9 to 11pm on ABC
ABC’s annual synopsis of the year’s most memorable moments.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special – 9 to 10:30pm on PBS
Royal Variety Performance 2018 – 8 to 10pm on CBC
This year’s special features the West End cast of Hamilton, as well as Take That, George Ezra, Clean Bandit, Andre Bocelli and his son Matteo, Cirque du Soleil and more.
The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors – 8 to 10pm on CBS
Recognition is paid to Cher, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, and the co-creators of Hamilton.
2018 Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 – 9 to 10pm on MTV
Highlights from November’s concert to honour the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.