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On TV this week, Dec. 5-9

Have you ever noticed how Linus lectures Charlie Brown about the crassness of consumerism while clutching his blanket?


Have you ever noticed how Linus lectures Charlie Brown about the crassness of consumerism while clutching his blanket?

On TV this week


A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Everyone's favorite posse of unsupervised archetypes gets together to remind us all from where true happiness flows: standing around in freezing weather humming Christmas carols while a dog dances in most improbable fashion.

American Country Awards, 8 p.m., Fox If you don't know who Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band are, you should probably skip this latest in the country music awards show series.

The Sing-Off, 8 p.m., NBC Past winners and losers get together for a holiday special to prove you don't need a big contract to make it in the music biz — just some good connections.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, 8:30 p.m., ABC Something about elves and being naughty, and using focus groups and marketers to make your Christmas special. Namely, that it doesn't work.

SEASON PREMIERE Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, 10 p.m., Oxygen Three trashy girls try to pick from 13 trashy guys. If this show really did follow reality, they wouldn't have to choose.

SEASON PREMIERE Lizard Lick Towing, 10 p.m., TruTV Another year of disappointing all the kids who thought it was going to guest star Mater from Cars.


A Michael Buble Christmas, 8 p.m., NBC The singer hosts his first primetime TV special with guests Justin Bieber, Tracy Morgan and Oscar the Grouch. We already can guarantee a second one next year.

On Thin Ice: Into the Arctic, 9 p.m., Animal Planet How is the melting polar ice cap affecting people? Besides redistributing waterfront property in Florida, we mean.

SEASON FINALE Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m., FX There's one more episode, which FX decided to add to close out the fourth season. The penultimate episode was that good, was it?

SERIES PREMIERE Hidden City, 10 p.m., Travel Crime author Marcus Sakey does a travel show based on the shady and infamous crime sites to see at cities around the country. He must be bucking for a job at Fox News.

SEASON FINALE Covert Affairs, 10 p.m., USA Somebody asks Annie to deliver a package while she's in Stockholm. Completely ignoring TSA procedures, she obliges.

SERIES PREMIERE Moonshiners, 10 p.m., Discovery A reality show that follows people who trade in illegal liquor and the cops who chase them. Seems there would be a conflict of interest recording both of them.

SERIES PREMIERE Storage Wars: Dallas, 10:30 p.m., A&E This show needed a spinoff, because the junk that people put in storage units in Dallas is so much different than anywhere else. Well, maybe with more rattlesnakes and scorpions, anyway.


Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After, 8 p.m., History It's been 70 years since we last started a war with clear and incontrovertible evidence that one nation with a standing army attacked the United States. That's why it's so much more important than, say, Grenada.

America's Next Top Model, 9 p.m., CW Yeah, some scrawny one-time loser gets crowned, but the real sadness is Andre Leon Talley appearing in his final show. We'll miss those giant, shapeless mumus.

Ghost Hunters, 9 p.m., SyFY Jason and Grant hunt for the Ghost of Christmas Past. He'll be much harder to find than the Ghost of TV Seasons past.

SERIES PREMIERE Lady Hoggers, 10 p.m., A&E A slice of life from Lake Okeechobee sure to embarrass Floridians statewide. First up: Cook the cabbage harvest before feral hogs get to it.


Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E New episodes of teenagers trying very hard to look indifferent to sweaty, 300-pound felons screaming in their faces. Now they're in South Carolina, so it's worse than normal.

SERIES PREMIERE Project Accessory, 10 p.m., Lifetime It's like Project Runway for accessory designers, with Molly Sims hosting. Heidi Klum doesn't do belts and clutches.

SERIES PREMIERE Off the Grid: Million Dollar Manhunt, 11 p.m., History A master tracker offers people $1 million if they can slip through his net of facial-recognition cameras and cellphone trackers for 24 hours. This is all sounding way too Running Man for our taste.

SEASON FINALE Gigolos, 11 p.m., Showtime Vin tries to balance his career and his love life, which we thought were always the same thing for guys in his line of work.


Frosty the Snowman, 8 p.m., CBS The annual holiday special rejiggered to change the ending for all those poor children who can't handle allegories about death.

Frosty Returns, 8:30 p.m., CBS And then they made another one with John Goodman, just in case you were having separation anxiety, ya buncha wimps.

Yes, Virginia, 9 p.m., CBS An animated special starring the voices of Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alfred Molina about an 8-year-old girl who writes to a newspaper asking if Santa Claus is real. All the real-life 8-year-olds are asking, "What's a newspaper?"

SERIES PREMIERE Invention USA, 10 p.m., History Another reality show about people picking inventions made by amateurs. The winner will be whomever invents an alternative to reality programming.

SEASON FINALE Boss, 10 p.m., Starz Kelsey Grammer's Kane tries to win a race before the season ends, so he won't have to move back to L.A. and deal with his insufferable ex-wife Camille.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

On TV this week, Dec. 5-9 12/04/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 4, 2011 4:30pm]
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