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On TV this week, Dec. 14-18

Jennifer Hudson is back in the Windy City for the holidays.


Jennifer Hudson is back in the Windy City for the holidays.

On TV tonight


Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home for Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC The Academy Award winner who frequents Tampa Bay heads back to Chicago to visit family and friends, sing at her neighborhood church and check in at her old music academy to make us all feel warm and fuzzy fro Christmas. Okay, fine, but next year do one around here.

SERIES PREMIERE The Sing-Off, 8 p.m., NBC A cappella groups battle for a recording contract with Sony. Audience members will get to choose the winner in the finale, so right away we know talent has nothing to do with it.

Chef Academy, 10 p.m., Bravo This episode is titled "Naked Lunch." Um, that doesn't mean what they think it means.


NCIS, 8 p.m., CBS It's nice to see the No. 1 show on TV also is practically the only show that is showing new episodes this week. Think that's a coincidence?

Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal, 9 p.m., A&E How many "I see dead people" jokes could we come up for this? Too many to list.

Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live, 9 p.m., Fox The angriest chef ever cooks angel-hair pasta with shrimp, steak Diane with sauteed potatoes and peas, and a tiramisu for people he promises not to yell at. Namely, you. But only because he can't see you doing something he doesn't like.


Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Edward Hermann, 8 p.m., PBS Hey, it's Christmas time. Turn off the Lil Wayne and the Taylor Swift and listen to some holiday music.

Top Chef: Las Vegas, 9 p.m., Bravo We all get back together with the cast for a night of trashing one another. You remember them: That gay one, the one with all the stuff in her face, the guy with the funny accent, that one who dyed her hair. But they all have one thing in common: Except for the two brothers, the one from Philly and the fat kid everyone liked, they couldn't cook. Talk about that.

Launch My Line, 10 p.m., Bravo We keep turning it on and looking for Heidi Klum, but she is nowhere to be found!


Saturday Night Live Christmas 2009, 8 p.m., NBC A look back at the funniest holiday moments from the past 35 years. So, this is a half-hour show, then?

NBA Basketball, 8 p.m., TNT A sign this is a bad TV night: We might actually watch the Miami Heat play the Orlando Magic.


ABC's World News With Charles Gibson, 6:30 p.m., ABC Because we have a soft spot for journalists (even TV ones), we're pointing out Diane Sawyer is taking over on Monday. Bye, Charlie.

Frosty the Snowman, 8 p.m., CBS We've been watching this one since 1969, and still we wish they hadn't bothered explaining where the magic hat came from.

Frosty Returns, 8:30 p.m., CBS And then in 1992, they brought Frosty back and menaced him with a snow-removal spray! Damn those chemical manufacturers.

The 25iest: Hollywood's Most Outrageous Holiday Gifts, 11 p.m., Oxygen We'd get excited to see what J.Lo gets for Marc Anthony or Justin Timberlake gets Jessica Biel, but this is Oxygen. We need this to be on E! to hear about people getting breast implants and gold-plated colonic nozzles.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Dec. 14-18 12/11/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 13, 2009 6:31pm]
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