On TV this week
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Year after year, we still get sad when we see the Grinch mistreat that poor, poor dog. At least don't make him wear the antlers!
Shrek the Halls, 8:30 p.m., ABC This offshoot about the green ogre celebrating a holiday we didn't know existed in fairy tales is sure to become a staple every year, no matter what we think. Crass commercialism invading Christmas? Say it ain't so!
Trauma, 9 p.m., NBC A bad batch of heroin has come to San Francisco, keeping everyone plenty busy. Either that or last week's turkey wasn't done enough.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC It's only Dec. 1 — how come this special is on already? Our theory: ABC is trying to spur sales of Christmas trees.
Disney Prep & Landing, 8:30 p.m., ABC A new special about an elf voiced by Dave Foley who is expecting a promotion, but instead has to train an underqualified new assistant. We watch TV to forget about our jobs, guys.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, 10 p.m., CBS But honey, we have to watch Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes and Marisa Miller saunter down a runway in their underwear to get gift ideas for you!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS Forty-five-year-old stop-motion animation proves that sometimes you can convince kids antiques are better than shiny new things.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m., NBC Jane Krakowski and Zachary Levi host the tree-lighting, with appearances by Michael Buble, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, the Roots and Shakira. Is this really just an elaborate episode of 30 Rock?
The Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, 9 p.m., CBS LL Cool J hosts an overblown special announcing who may win this year's musical popularity contest. We say Taylor Swift, the Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson will win every category.
SERIES PREMIERE Steven Seagal Lawman, 10 p.m., A&E Aikido black belt and onetime action star Steven Seagal stars in his very own reality show in which he shows off as a sheriff's deputy in Jefferson Parish, La. His first nemesis: jelly donuts.
SERIES PREMIERE Launch My Line, 11 p.m., Bravo Ten successful professionals who want to switch careers and start clothing lines compete to have their dream realized. Wouldn't it be better to use people who don't have jobs? They would probably be even more motivated.
The Office, 9 p.m., NBC Michael has to lie to kids while Jim tries to start an employee of the month program. We're guessing Jim won't win, then.
30 Rock, 9:30 p.m., NBC We don't like Liz having her own talk show. Bring back the night cheese.
The Real Housewives of Orange County, 10 p.m., Bravo Gretchen flies to Michigan to visit with her dead fiance's kids — and prove to all of us that Michigan's economy is much worse off than California's.
Supernanny, 8 p.m., ABC Mike Ruggles takes over to deal with a family with an angry dad and four kids with their own anger issues. Gee, where did they learn it?
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, 8 p.m., NBC Kermit and the gang accidentally get three letters to Santa, so they decide to take them to the North Pole themselves. Lucky for them that the Post Office decided not to shut down Operation Santa.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, 9 p.m., CW A kid goes looking for grandma after she goes missing on Christmas Eve. This sounds more like an episode of CSI than a Christmas special.
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