Khandi Alexander in “Tremé,” whose final season begins Sunday.


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TV picks for Dec. 1-Dec. 5:  "Treme,” "Charlie Brown Christmas,” "Kirstie,” Betty White

  • November 30, 2013 - 2:00 AM


The five-episode coda for “Tremé” (8 p.m., HBO) begins as the characters continue to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina through tears, music and a whole lot of red beans and rice. “Tremé” may not be as rich as David Simon’s previous work (most notably “The Wire”), but it’s still a feast for anyone who has danced and drunk their way through the streets of New Orleans.


“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (7 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5) may be nearly 50 years old, but it’s so remarkably fresh and touching that you’ll want to go out and adopt every wimpy tree you can find. Padding the hour is the bonus short “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales,” which is not nearly as delightful as “Schroeder’s Very Happy Hanukkah.”


One of our most beloved entertainers goes on a safari in search of big cats in “Betty White Goes Wild!” (8 p.m., NGW). By “safari,” we mean chaperoned visits to the zoos in San Diego and Los Angeles. For a 91-year-old, that’s adventurous enough.


“Cheers” veterans Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman reunite for the new sitcom “Kirstie” (9 p.m., TV Land), centering on a Broadway star visited by the son she gave up at birth. The series also marks the return of Michael Richards, who practically went into hiding after an ill-fated appearance at a comedy club. Giddyup, Kramer!


Carrie Underwood takes up the habit from Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music Live!” (7 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11). Let’s hope this throwback to the early days of television goes well; it’d be great to see more live musicals on the networks’ schedules.


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