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On TV this week, Dec. 6-10

On TV this week

MONDAY

American Country Awards, 8 p.m., Fox Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Uncle Kracker perform in the latest country music awards show, distinguishable only by Trace Adkins hosting.

Martha Stewart's Holiday Open House, 8 p.m., Hallmark Jennifer Garner and Claire Danes show up at Martha's house. Surprise! She decorated.

SEASON PREMIERE The Sing-Off, 8 p.m., NBC Engaged to Vanessa Minnillo and hosting another season of competing a cappella groups — it's good to be Nick Lachey.

Sunday at Tiffany's, 9 p.m., Lifetime Alyssa Milano takes time off from designing sportswear to star in an adaptation of James Patterson's book. Somebody has to star in them.

SEASON PREMIERE Men of a Certain Age, 10 p.m., TNT Well, we could have told you that Scott Bakula wouldn't have been a good car salesman, although he's quantum-leaped into more difficult jobs in the past.

TUESDAY

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Ironic, don't you think, that the most touching moment of this yarn about orphans banding together to celebrate the birth of their savior under a dying tree is one of the characters reminding everyone that crass commercialism is not the root of Christmas? Nobody told Charles Schulz.

Eureka, 9 p.m., SyFy An electromagnetic shield traps everyone in town as Allison begins decorating nonstop and giving everyone gifts. It's like a commercial for a shopping mall.

SEASON FINALE In Treatment, 9:30 p.m., HBO Paul considers his future as a therapist. Given his track record, we think it may be best for him to quit.

WEDNESDAY

Fashion Forward: Making It, 9 p.m., CW Ashley Green gives young celebrities and designers an up-close look at the self-important weirdos who populate the fashion industry, just to give them an idea of who they should be kissing up to.

MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery President Obama asks Adam and Jamie to prove or disprove the myth of Archimedes' solar death ray, which was used to set a fleet of invading ships on fire. We coulda swore they did this one before ...

L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010, 9 p.m., PBS Six hours of performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center boiled down to one hour. That's efficiency!

Top Chef All-Stars, 10 p.m., Bravo The perils of stuntcasting judges becomes apparent when Joe Jonas, who is no longer popular at all, asks the cheftestants to make snacks for kids. Here's 100 packets of saltines ... knock yourself out.

SEASON PREMIERE MANswers, 10:30 p.m., Spike The only useful thing this show could answer — How can I get my girl to pipe down? — has no answer, so why do we keep watching?

THURSDAY

The Gruffalo, 7 p.m., ABC Family The Julia Donaldson book gets the animation treatment, featuring the voices of James Corden, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson. It's a cartoon that will keep the kids quiet for a bit, so it's not like you care.

A Barbara Walters Special: Oprah, The Next Chapter, 9 p.m., ABC Oh, my, whatever will happen to poor Oprah Winfrey now that her talk show is in its last season? She'll have only her own entire network to keep her money warm!

Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010, 10 p.m., ABC Because the cast of Jersey Shore and Justin Bieber are on this list, we have to doubt we'll agree with the other eight.

FRIDAY

Supernanny, 8 p.m., ABC A 3-year-old rules his house, yelling and screaming and refusing to be potty trained. Show him what a week without food or diaper changes are like and then see if he still thinks he's king of the mountain.

SEASON FINALE The Good Guys, 9 p.m., Fox Was it a dine and dash or part of a mob hit? If it involves Chris Klein, we can assume someone died.

Gold Rush: Alaska, 10 p.m., Discovery It seems the local bear population doesn't want to see the town of Porcupine Creek resurrected. Send in Sarah Palin — she's always talking like she knows what to do in these situations.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Dec. 6-10 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 5:48pm]

    

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