A pair of cable offerings should help considerably when it comes to getting you in the holiday mood.
On A&E;, "A Judy Collins Christmas at the Biltmore Estate" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m.) features the singer/songwriter performing holiday classics in a concert taped the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Selections include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Let It Snow" and "White Christmas."
If movies are more your style, try Lifetime, where Mary Stuart Masterson stars in "On the 2nd Day of Christmas" (9 p.m.-11 p.m.).
Life changes for a professional pickpocket and the 6-year-old niece she has led into a life of crime when they encounter a zealous but understanding security guard. The new made-for-cable movie also stars Lauren Pratt and Mark Ruffalo.
At a glance
"Tales From the Tomb: Lost Sons of the Pharaoh" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Hugh Downs breaks from "20/20" for a trip to Egypt, where he explores the Kings Valley Tomb No. 5, thought to be the burial site for 50 sons of Ramses the Great. KV-5, as it is known, was built by the monarch who ruled for 67 years. ABC.
"Billboard Music Awards" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Top-selling artists and songs of 1997 are honored in a ceremony at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. Scheduled performers include Garth Brooks, who will receive the Artist Achievement Award; Chet Atkins will be honored with the Century Award. Host: David Spade. Fox.
"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A frustrated Debra (Patricia Heaton) writes a letter to overbearing mother-in-law Marie (Doris Roberts), who spoiled her Tupperware party. CBS.
"Caroline in the City" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- David Leisure guest stars as a used-car salesman who takes umbrage at Caroline's opinion of his profession. NBC.
"Brooklyn South" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The paralyzed Officer Patrick (Mark Keily) returns to work.
"Prime Time Country" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., TNN) -- Host Gary Chapman takes the show on its first road trip and will spend the whole week in Las Vegas. The occasion? The National Rodeo Finals, an annual event in the gambling mecca.
"Rockets!" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., History Channel) -- This four-part documentary blasts off with a report on the evolution of rockets from China's first efforts to British experiments of the 1800s. Also: a profile of Robert Goddard, the physics professor who launched the first liquid-fueled missile in 1926.
Pub Date: 12/08/97