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What to watch on TV this week: Dec. 5-9

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC: Everyone's favorite posse of unsupervised archetypes gets together to remind us all from where true happiness flows: Standing around in freezing weather humming Christmas carols while a dog dances in most improbable fashion.

American Country Awards, 8 p.m., Fox: If you don't know who Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band are, you should probably skip this latest in the country music awards show series.

A Michael Buble Christmas, 8 p.m., NBC: The singer hosts his first primetime TV special with guests Justin Bieber, Tracy Morgan and Oscar the Grouch. We can already guarantee a second one next year.

SERIES PREMIERE Hidden City, 10 p.m., Travel: Crime author Marcus Sakey does a travel show based on the shady and infamous crime sites to see at cities around the country.

Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After, 8 p.m., History: It's been 70 years since we last started a war with clear and incontrovertible evidence that one nation with a standing army attacked the United States. That's why it's so much more important than, say, Grenada.

Lady Hoggers, 10 p.m., A&E: A slice of life from Lake Okeechobee sure to embarrass Floridians statewide. First up: Cooking the cabbage harvest before feral hogs get to it.

Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E: New episodes of teenagers trying very hard to look indifferent to sweaty, 300-pound felons screaming in their faces. Now they're in South Carolina, so it's worse than normal.

Project Accessory, 10 p.m., Lifetime: It's like Project Runway for accessory designers, with Molly Sims hosting. Heidi Klum doesn't do belts and clutches.

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.

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.

What to watch on TV this week: Dec. 5-9 12/04/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 4, 2011 11:32pm]
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