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On TV this week, Nov. 26-30

“You see, Charlie Brown, our society’s insistence that the never-ending pursuit of material goods will somehow fill the holes in our lives brought on by dissolving family units, pointless careerism and a preoccupation with techno-gadgets can only distract us from a distinct lack of concern for our well-being on the part of our elected officials.” Or something like that. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen it.

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“You see, Charlie Brown, our society’s insistence that the never-ending pursuit of material goods will somehow fill the holes in our lives brought on by dissolving family units, pointless careerism and a preoccupation with techno-gadgets can only distract us from a distinct lack of concern for our well-being on the part of our elected officials.” Or something like that. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen it.

On TV this week

MONDAY

2 Broke Girls, 9 p.m., CBS Max and Caroline find the perfect storefront for their cupcake business. It must be right next to a Gold's Gym.

MINISERIES FINALE Witness, 9 p.m., HBO The final installment of Michael Mann's series about photojournalists follows a guy who goes into Rio de Janeiro's infamous favelas. Yeah, we played that level on Call of Duty, too. Doesn't sound fun.

SEASON PREMIERE Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, 9 p.m., TLC Are we all thoroughly unimpressed with decorative cake bakers now? We've seen this shtick so many times, we've all convinced ourselves we could make a cake shaped like a Lotus Elise ourselves.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 9 p.m., ABC Jenny McCarthy is the guest host for a Thanksgiving-themed episode that includes a visit from a UFC fighter and lots of single moms. AMERICA!

TUESDAY

SEASON FINALE Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, 8 p.m., ABC Is it too late for Emmitt Smith to win?

SEASON FINALE Flipping Out, 9 p.m., Bravo In a gripping turn of events, Jeff alienates those closest to him while proving he is highly capable of doing his job. If only every week could be this surprising.

Go On, 9 p.m., NBC Misty May-Treanor asks Ryan to join her in a game. The summary doesn't specify if the game is beach volleyball, or baseball with her husband Matt. It will be disastrous, in any case.

Emily Owens, M.D., 9 p.m., CW Meryl Streep's daughter treats a deathly ill infant. That's almost too much melodrama for our taste. Almost.

WEDNESDAY

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Everyone's favorite loser learns that those around him will actively seek to gloat in his failure until a thumb-sucking 8-year-old reminds him that Christmas is about togetherness, not consumerist obsession. Hey, did you see these new Peanuts toys you can buy?

Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m., NBC It's the big 8-0 for this annual ceremony hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Ann Curry would be there, but Matt Lauer had only coal for her this year.

SEASON PREMIERE The Hour, 9 p.m., BBC America More confirmation of your suspicions that TV news in 1957 was just as focused on ratings and selling you junk as it is today.

SEASON FINALE Life After Top Chef, 9 p.m., Bravo Before a cookoff for Michelle Obama, all the cheftestants contemplate the irony of a television show that trades on their fame as Top Chef participants, therefore actively capitalizing on their conspicuous inability to move on. This is not life after Top Chef at all!

SERIES PREMIERE Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings, 10:30 p.m., E! In case you thought the foul-mouthed comedian with the failed sitcom had any more jokes, here's a weekly talk show in which she talks about the same things, just without the benefit of a laugh track.

THURSDAY

Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?, 9 p.m., BBC America Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and John Entwistle, talk about the "last great album The Who ever made." If only the Lifehouse project had worked out as planned.

SEASON PREMIERE Rocket City Rednecks, 9 p.m., NatGeo The team tries to make a pod that will survive a tsunami. To be fair, it's not really the tsunami itself, but the crumbling buildings and floating cars it has to survive.

100 Greatest Kid Stars, 9 p.m., VH1 If Gary Coleman doesn't get the honorary No. 1, the fix is in. The poor guy needs this, rest his soul.

BBC Electric Proms: The Who, 10 p.m., BBC America In case you didn't get enough, here's a performance of Who songs at the Roundhouse in London, with Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey on drums. Yes, they will play My Generation.

FRIDAY

Nikita, 8 p.m., CW A rogue agent becomes the president of Uzbekistan and threatens the life of the U.S. president. That's so unbelievable; a woman as U.S. president? Yeah, tell us another one.

Ghost Adventures, 9 p.m., Travel The trio visit a variety of ghost towns to see if their name is literally true. Hint: It isn't.

Haven, 10 p.m., SyFy Audrey learns of a prophecy that she's going to disappear within days. Unless she can convince George to kiss Lorraine at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, that is.

The Dead Files, 10 p.m., Travel A West Virginia mother of eight fears for her children's safety after witnessing strange activity in her home. Don't worry, that's just the kids' father.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Nov. 26-30 11/25/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 25, 2012 4:43pm]

    

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