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On TV this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 3

On TV this week


SERIES PREMIERE Finding Amelia, 9 p.m., Discovery Some guy thinks he knows what happened to Amelia Earhart, so he sets out to prove she didn't just crash into the Pacific Ocean. No, the surprise is she probably crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Restrepo: Afghan Outpost, 9 p.m., NatGeo In case you missed this Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner when it was in town for the blink of an eye, you can catch the documentary about soldiers out on a deadly outpost in Afghanistan now. And, really, you should catch it.

CMA Country Christmas, 9:30 p.m., ABC Brad Paisley, Kelly Pickler, Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow and Sugarland talk about their favorite holiday memories. Example: Remember when Darius and Sheryl were pop singers?


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS A stop-motion reindeer with a pigment disorder is taunted and teased unmercifully by his peers, who come crawling back for his guidance when disaster strikes. Spoiler alert: He foolishly agrees.

The Real Story of Christmas, 8 p.m., History Want to know how all these Christmas personalities got made up? Sit back and listen, waiting in vain for a discussion about Krampus, the coolest of all holiday hooligans.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m., NBC It's a giant tree, it gets lit up. Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue and Jessica Simpson all sing to you. It's officially egg nog time.

Shrek the Halls, 8:30 p.m., ABC In case you forgot about the big, green ogre franchise that's still simmering in an animation studio somewhere.

SERIES PREMIERE Strange Days With Bob Saget, 10 p.m., A&E Saget was always a filthy standup comedian, but still managed to make one of the most sickly sweet sitcoms ever. Now he's doing stuff like riding with a motorcycle gang for a reality show. Full House was likely funnier.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, 10 p.m., CBS Ladies, when your boyfriend or husband watches this, remind him the potential gifts are the lingerie, not the models.


SEASON FINALE America's Next Top Model, 8 p.m., CW Who wins, the 6-foot-2 freak show or the platinum blond with the HOV lane between her front teeth? Like it matters — neither of them will get work after their contract is up.

The President's Book of Secrets, 9 p.m., History Stuff so secret, only the president is allowed to know, like where the aliens bought condos, and where they forge the Hawaiian birth certificates.

SERIES PREMIERE Storage Wars, 10 p.m., A&E Another show about the people who sift through auctions and storage units to find stuff to sell to gullible rubes like the people on Hoarders. That makes three, at last count.

SEASON PREMIERE Top Chef All-Stars, 10 p.m., Bravo Chefs who were likable but not bankable try to vindicate their names by subjecting themselves to the same backbiting and ludicrous judging standards they couldn't hack in the first place.

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, 10 p.m., CBS Justin Bieber, B.o.B., Miranda Lambert, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry help build up the announcement of nominations you don't care about for an awards show you won't watch.

SEASON FINALE Terriers, 10 p.m., FX What are the chances anything with Hank or Britt will get resolved tonight? Yeah, we don't think they're good, either.


Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Oh look, someone's going to die because they don't have insurance. And really, why didn't they just fire Cristina? It's not like we could show up at our jobs and not work for six weeks and still get paid (we'd have to be in management for that).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 10 p.m., FX The gang gets stranded on the way to Atlantic City. In our experiences in A.C., it's probably better to not get there.

MINISERIES PREMIERE Brad Meltzer's Decoded, 10 p.m., History The author delves into historical codes and puzzles to see what they've been hiding. He seems particularly obsessed about the idea that Thomas Jefferson may have been responsible for Meriwether Lewis' death.


CMT Artists of the Year 2010, 8 p.m., CMT Kevin Costner helps honor Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band by having other people sing to them for a change.

SERIES PREMIERE Gold Rush: Alaska, 10 p.m., Discovery Contrary to popular belief, this newbie is actually about six guys literally mining for gold, not an overview of the Palin family's recent media exploits.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 3 11/28/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 28, 2010 6:01pm]
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