On TV this week
The Hollywood Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., Hallmark More celebrities show up to take part in this parade, which started way back in 1928. They don't let reality show stars in, do they? Because that totally doesn't count.
American Country Awards, 8 p.m., Fox In its third year, this is the people's choice version of the endless country music award ceremonies. So, you could say this is the one that matters, no matter what the CMAs want you to think.
Mel Brooks Strikes Back!, 9 p.m., HBO Mel Brooks talks about his career with the BBC's Alan Yentob. Just so long as he talks about more than Blazing Saddles.
Take It All, 9 p.m., NBC Howie Mandel has a gig hosting a game show, but it only lasts until Dec. 17. Because having Howie Mandel on every night can only last just so long.
Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays, 10 p.m., NBC Another holiday special for the Canadian crooner, this time with Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, Carly Rae Jepsen and Elmo, who should have some interesting stories to tell. Also, a duet with Bing Crosby, who has been dead for 35 years.
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, 9 p.m., CW The Muppets accidentally get three letters to St. Nick, so they spend the entire special scouring the globe for the three kids who still use snail mail.
Chopper Live: The Revenge, 9 p.m., Discovery It's good to see Walrus Dad and his goofball sons continue to argue outside of the courtroom, too. This year they all fight with bike builders Jesse James and Fast N'Loud stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman. They'd better lawyer up now.
The Mindy Project, 9:30 p.m., Fox Mindy takes her boyfriend to the office Christmas party. Because that's when you want your boyfriend to meet your coworkers, when they're all liquored up and uninhibited, flirting and mouthing off about salaries.
Leverage, 10 p.m., TNT There's a con involving a so-called priceless bottle of wine. The con is that a bottle of grape juice can require an insurance policy.
Toddlers & Tiaras: Most Memorable Moments, 8 p.m., TLC After the introduction of redneck larvae Honey Boo Boo, all the other memorable moments come in second, wouldn't you think?
Toy Hunter for Misfit Toys, 9 p.m., Travel Jordan helps people find hot-selling toys from their childhood for the holidays. You know, Furbies are back, so be careful how much you pay.
Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012, 9:30 p.m., ABC This year's list includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor and director Ben Affleck, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, and boy band One Direction. And Honey Boo Boo. Thanks a lot, Toddlers & Tiaras.
LOLwork, 11:30 p.m., Bravo Two women get engaged online and want a cat-themed wedding. No, see, you're getting married, so don't need the cats anymore.
Up All Night, 8 p.m., NBC Chris and Reagan want to take Amy to see snow for the first time. Because while it's nice the city has some trucked in and spread around the park, it's no substitute for the real thing. Wait, we're not talking about the show.
Rocket City Rednecks, 9 p.m., NatGeo The gang makes a superhero suit from vacuum cleaners, a grill and spray foam. Man, that special effects in the new Superman movie stinks.
Burn Notice, 10 p.m., USA Michael hides in a warehouse because he's scared to death of a smuggler. You mean Patton Oswalt? Really?
The League, 11 p.m., FX Andre learns that Deion Sanders bought his old loft. Probably to use as a garage for a few of the older cars he owns.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS Sure it was on before, but we all love a talke about social conformity. It's what Christmas is all about!
Prancer Returns, 8 p.m., CW Did anyone really want this sequel to Prancer? Did anyone really want the first Prancer?
Yes, Virginia, 9 p.m., CBS The famous yarn about an 8-year-old who writes to a newspaper to ask if there really is a Santa Claus. Francis Church handled it well enough, but these days she'd either have her photo splashed all over the Internet to shame her for asking such a silly question, or she'd get a reality show.
The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story, 9:30 p.m., CBS How do Santa's elves know who has been naughty and who's been nice? Drones.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org