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On TV this weekend, Dec. 9-11

On TV this weekend


Frosty the Snowman, 8 p.m., CBS The annual holiday special rejiggered to change the ending for all those poor children who can't handle allegories about death.

Frosty Returns, 8:30 p.m., CBS And then they made another one with John Goodman, just in case you were having separation anxiety, ya buncha wimps.

Yes, Virginia, 9 p.m., CBS An animated special starring the voices of Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alfred Molina about an 8-year-old girl who writes to a newspaper asking if Santa Claus is real. All the real-life 8-year-olds are asking, "What's a newspaper?"

SERIES PREMIERE Invention USA, 10 p.m., History Another reality show about people picking inventions made by amateurs. The winner will be whomever invents an alternative to reality programming.

SEASON FINALE Boss, 10 p.m., Starz Kelsey Grammer's Kane tries to win a race before the season ends, so he won't have to move back to L.A. and deal with his insufferable ex-wife Camille.


American Giving Awards, 8 p.m., NBC Bob Costas hosts a show in which $2 million is doled out to various charities, which is almost appropriate, since he routinely covers entire teams of athletes who make more than that for working six months out of the year.

Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards, 8 p.m., Spike It's like the Oscars, but for nerds. And speaking of nerds, check out Geek Speak's 2011 video-game holiday buyers guide on Page 39.

Your Voice, Your Vote: Republican Presidential Candidate Debate in Iowa, 9 p.m., ABC Another round of candidates trying to convince you they aren't just trying to fool you long enough to vote for them.

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC Katy Perry is hosting while Robyn is the one singing, proving how far a low-cut Elmo T-shirt can take you on this show.


Boardwalk Empire, 9 p.m., HBO While Nucky is getting ready for his trial, anybody who has listened to Paz de la Huerta's drunken ramblings already knows what happens this episode. Don't Google it. Trust us.

White House Christmas, 8 p.m., HGTV A designer discusses how much tax money is spent to decorate the White House. The blogosphere will then discuss that amount, ignoring the fact it is on par with previous years' decorating budgets.

SEASON FINALE The Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS Easy way to pick a winner: Instead of having the teams compete on a flight simulator, just have them land real planes. Whoever walks away gets the prize. What, too dark? Hey, you're the one who watches reality TV.

SEASON FINALE Allen Gregory, 8:30 p.m., Fox A 7-year-old bribing his principal into a romantic situation really isn't striking us as all that funny. But then, neither did this entire series.

MINISERIES PREMIERE Stephen King's Bag of Bones, 9 p.m., A&E Pierce Brosnan stars in the latest attempt to channel King's sick genius. Surprise! It's about a novelist with writer's block. Where does he come up with these ideas?!?

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this weekend, Dec. 9-11 12/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 8:01pm]
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