On TV this week, Dec. 8-12

On TV this week

MONDAY

NFL Football, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 28, ESPN If you haven't heard, the Bucs are playing the Carolina Panthers for the division title and probable dibs on who gets to be the first team bounced out of the playoffs.

The Boomer Century 1946-2046, 9 p.m., PBS A look back — and ahead! — at a generation that has managed to muck up just about every facet of society, yet still manages to be proud of itself. You gotta love someone who never quits!

TUESDAY

College Basketball, 7 p.m., ESPN The annual Jimmy V Classic pits Davidson against West Virginia, then Texas vs. Villanova. The only reason we mention it is because we know a guy who went to Davidson, so he and the other 43 students will be happy to read this.

The Biggest Loser: Families, 8 p.m., NBC It's almost season finale time, so what better way to make the contestants feel good about themselves than put all that weight back on them for a race? When they collapse from heart attack, they're out.

SERIES PREMIERE Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force, 10 p.m., A&E Dog the Bounty Hunter wasn't enough, so this network started following the U.S. Marshals Task Force around. Dog's outfits are still better.

WEDNESDAY

Little Spirit: Christmas in New York, 8 p.m., NBC Danny DeVito is the voice of a NYC cabbie who tells a tale of a little kid who meets new cultures in the Big Apple and learns their holiday customs while looking for his dog. It's like a Blue-meets-Red Christmas for everyone this election year.

Criminal Minds, 9 p.m., CBS Morgan puts his days as a cop to good use when a serial killer targets police officers. Of course, most violent criminals target police officers, so it could be anyone, really.

Top Chef, 10 p.m., Bravo If you were going to be a guest judge, would you really want the contestants to be doing everything at the last minute with subpar equipment? Seriously, that could really screw up this week's bridal shower.

THURSDAY

Kath & Kim, 8:30 p.m., NBC Kath and Phil go looking for couple friends, which would be funny if we hadn't seen it a hundred times before (most notably when Doug and Carrie did it on King of Queens by trolling the hardware section of a discount store).

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m., CBS Get ready to say so long to Grissom, as he takes a class by criminal pathologist Raymond Langston. If you've read the industry news, you know that Langston's Laurence Fishburne is replacing William Petersen. The question is, how?

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, 10 p.m., VH1 As Dr. Drew struggles to lure Shifty off the roof (where he's smoking crack) and Jeff Conaway continues to moan and scream, we pause for a moment and realize our coworkers aren't so bad, after all.

FRIDAY

Frosty the Snowman, 8 p.m., CBS Best part of this 1969 staple? The theme song, hands down.

Frosty Returns, 8:30 p.m., CBS Worst part of this ridiculous sequel? It's not the first one.

10th Annual Family Entertainment Awards, 9 p.m., CW Tyler James Williams from Everybody Hates Chris hosts the annual special honoring quality family entertainment, which happens to be on after the kids are supposed to be in bed, for some reason.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Dec. 8-12 12/07/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 8, 2008 11:21am]

    

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