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On TV this week, Dec. 22-26

On TV this week


2008: Today Looks Back, A Holiday Special, 8 p.m., NBC In case you didn't get enough Today in the morning, here's a look at the top five stories of 2008. We're sure there has to be something about the Hogan family in there, right?

The Life a House Built: The 25th Anniversary of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, 9 p.m., PBS This documentary looks back on a quarter-century of the former president's efforts with Habitat for Humanity, especially along the Gulf Coast in recent years. That should up your holiday guilt quotient.

Prison Break, 9 p.m., Fox Lincoln and the gang show up in Miami. Strangely enough, most of their crimes were committed elsewhere, so you know this is fiction.


10th Annual A Home for the Holidays With Faith Hill, 8 p.m., CBS The singer joins Gavin Rossdale, Jamie Foxx, husband Tim McGraw , Kristin Chenoweth, Patricia Heaton, Rene Russo and Martin Short all telling us we should be sure to open our homes to people who need it. Yes, relatives too.

Rediscovered, 9 p.m., ABC Donny and Marie Osmond host this special in which five show biz hopefuls who auditioned years ago as kids are given another shot at fame now that they're adults. We already have that; it's called American Idol.

Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs, 9 p.m., Comedy Central Why did we bother running to the video store to buy the DVD of this new-ish Futurama movie when we could just wait six months and see it on cable? Oh well, only a couple more are coming, so enjoy.


A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., TBS Believe it or not, we actually know people who have never seen this. Good thing we have 24 hours to give them another chance.

Ice Age: The Meltdown, 8 p.m., FX It's Christmas Eve, so let the kids fall asleep watching this one so they won't be as disappointed when they find out Santa's 401(k) was too low to provide presents this year.

Bad Santa, 11 p.m., Comedy Central And for all the adults, watch this perfectly foul comedy after the tykes have gone to bed and laugh yourself to Dreamland.


Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, 10 a.m., ABC You can put this on the TV while you force all the kids to clean up the mess under the tree and ask you why they couldn't go to Orlando to see it in person.

Heroes at Home, 8 p.m., MNT Get the family to quit whining about having to share toys or sit next to each other by watching this doc about injured Iraq vets who are trying to put their lives back together.

Deal or No Deal, 8 p.m., NBC Finish off the day by sitting around the TV and wishing you were one of the poor dopes who actually thinks they have a chance of determining how to win big bucks in this game.


WWE Friday Night SmackDown!, 8 p.m., MNT Want something new to watch tonight? Try keeping the screen in focus as musclebound meatheads bash each other with chairs. Now that's Christmas!

E! Presents: Jennifer Aniston, 9 p.m., E! Or hear more about the most successful of the Friends. But that's not saying much.

How Art Made the World, 10 p.m., PBS Or actually cram some knowledge in that useless bucket you call a head and see how art has influenced religion and politics. It ain't wrasslin' or movie stars, but it'll help keep you from breathing through your mouth.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Dec. 22-26 12/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:16pm]
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