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On TV Thursday, Dec. 1

On TV tonight

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, 8 p.m., ABC In a couple more years, kids will watch this and wonder what Fred Astaire's character is supposed to be. He's a mailman, kids.

CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosts performances by Kellie Pickler, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker, whose fondest Christmas memory was of the year people finally quit calling him Hootie.

Finding the Next Earth, 9 p.m., NatGeo Scientists desperately search the cosmos for a planet much like our own, so that we may get in a rocket ship and ruin things there, too.

Keep a Child Alive With Alicia Keys, 9 p.m., Showtime Five Americans headed to South Africa during last year's World Cup to see how bad things were. What they found was Alicia Keys talking about charities for kids with AIDS. And vuvuzelas.

I Love You to Death, 10 p.m., A&E What better way to gear up for the weekend than to dig deep into the investigation behind a teenager's murder?

SERIES PREMIERE Weed Wars, 10 p.m., Discovery A reality show set in a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Employee theft must be a real problem. For more, turn to Page 30.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV Thursday, Dec. 1 11/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:21pm]
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