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On TV this week, Dec. 1-5

On TV this week


Shrek the Halls, 8 p.m., ABC Ah, it must be officially the holidays, because all the holiday shows are coming out. This ain't quite a classic, but give it enough time and the kids will look at you funny when you say you remember when Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz were big deals.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:30 p.m., ABC Boris Karloff already has that distinction, so enjoy the 41st year of this already-a-classic.

Heroes, 9 p.m., NBC Who knew a little eclipse could cause so many problems?


Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, 8 p.m., ABC Fred Astaire explains to all of us just how the jolly old fat man came to be. You mean Apple didn't invent him to sell more iPods?

2008 World Music Awards, 8 p.m., MNT Let's all get together with Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Akon, Estelle and Kid Rock to celebrate yet another awards show no one cares about.

The Biggest Loser: Families, 8 p.m., NBC Project Runway winner Christian Siriano helps the last five contestants pick makeover outfits, none of which he would deign to create himself, we're, like, so sure.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS The same stop-motion shenanigans about learning that being different can be advantageous. We've been enjoying them for 44 years now.

SERIES PREMIERE Secret Millionaire, 8 p.m., Fox Rich people slum it with the plebes for a week without revealing they could buy or sell all of them. Then they hand out money or something to feel better about themselves. Move into the neighborhood and pay into the tax structure; then we'll be impressed.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m., NBC Big tree + lights = tradition.

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, 9 p.m., CBS As if you couldn't care less about the actual awards, here's a show announcing the noms, shoehorned between Rudolph and lingerie so you'll actually watch it.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, 10 p.m., CBS Another round of excuses for guys to ogle Alessandra Ambrosio, Selita Ebanks, Doetzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Marisa Miller and Miranda Kerr and pretend it's in the wife's or girlfriend's best interest.


Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Now that Shonda Rhimes says Izzy doesn't have a brain tumor and Denny is slated to stick around until February, this is like watching a train wreck: horrible, but we can't look away.

CNN Presents, 9 p.m., CNN Christiane Amanpour uses the Holocaust and Khmer Rouge to remind us why genocide is bad. That means Bosnia, Somalia and Darfur, too.

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008, 10 p.m., ABC Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Tina Fey, Rush Limbaugh, Miley Cyrus and Michael Phelps apparently qualify. Gee, we wonder who's No. 1 this year ... if only there had been some clues.


Ghost Whisperer, 8 p.m., CBS Jennifer Love Hewitt tracks down a girl who went missing 12 years ago. Could she possibly mean I Know What You Did Last Summer co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar?

Greatest Holiday Moments: TV & Film Countdown, 8 p.m., NBC For those of you who don't have the patience to watch A Christmas Story or It's a Wonderful Life again.

The Story of Santa Claus, 9 p.m., CW Ed Asner and Betty White spent 1996 making this musical version of how Santa got his wings. For those of you who don't have the patience to watch Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town again.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Dec. 1-5 11/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:41am]
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