On TV tonight
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 cook-off 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.
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