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What to Watch Sunday: New Christmas movies, behind the scenes at ‘West Side Story’

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Something’s Coming: West Side Story (7 p.m., ABC) - This special 20/20 goes behind the scenes of the new Steven Spielberg-directed “West Side Story” and includes interviews with cast and crew, past and present, including Rita Moreno, Ariana DeBose, Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler. Spielberg talks about his fascination with the original Broadway cast recording growing up, about his hesitancy to make a musical until now, and the relevance of the movie’s themes in today’s world. Moreno talks about her Oscar-winning role as Anita in the 1961 version and her role in the new film written especially for her. Other interviews include: Chita Rivera, who first played the role of Anita on Broadway; Stephen Sondheim, legendary lyricist who wrote the lyrics for the original Broadway musical; Tony-award winning Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay; Cindy Tolan, the film’s casting director on selecting rising stars for the iconic roles; and Puerto Rican historians that consulted on the film.

[From Wake Forest to West Side Story: Ariana DeBose builds on a legacy of helping others]

Christmas movies and specials tonight

Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Christmas movie starring Ashley Williams and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, two sisters find a new sense of purpose and discover what they both truly need in life during the holidays. Kevin Nealon and Mark Deklin also star.

My Favorite Christmas Melody (8 p.m., Lifetime) - Once a promising singer-songwriter, Abby now finds herself writing uninspired jingles for commercials. As she heads home for the holidays, Abby soon rediscovers her voice as a local music teacher enlists her to help save a school arts program.

The Christmas Thief (8 p.m., ION) - Home for the holidays, a fledgling private eye realizes the only way to save her career is by solving a string of local burglaries where the main suspect is Santa Claus.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting (8:30 p.m., CBS) - LL Cool J hosts this celebration of the holiday season with performances by Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, Patti LaBelle, the U.S. Army Band Downrange and the Howard Gospel Choir.

23rd Annual Home For the Holidays at The Grove (9:30 p.m., CBS) - Inspirational stories of lives changed through adoption. Performances from Justin Bieber, Kane Brown, Alessia Cara and Darren Criss.

Every Time A Bell Rings (10 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - Three reunited sisters discover their late father planned one last scavenger hunt -- an annual holiday tradition when they were young. As their sisterly bond gets rekindled, they soon learn important lessons about what they want in life and in love.

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