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What to watch: The best on TV this week

What to watch

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I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!, 8 p.m., ABC You can try to replace A Charlie Brown Christmas with this 2003 retread, but we barely remember Rerun from the comic strip, so this one is hard to relate to. At least they didn't make all the kids grow up and get jobs.

The Sing-Off (SEASON FINALE), 8 p.m., NBC Finally, this American Idol wanna-be is coming to a close. The winner: Nick Lachey, who somehow manages to stay on the cultural radar.

The Closer (SEASON FINALE), 9 p.m., TNT One of the last seasonal holdouts that offered new episodes ends its fifth year. Can't Kevin Bacon help Kyra Sedgwick stay on the air a bit longer?

Tuesday

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special, 8 p.m., Fox Yes, it's an encore of her two-hour special featuring Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth and David Cook. Like there's anything better on this week.

The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m., NBC Ooh, we love where-are-they-now episodes. Just as long as none of the former contestants is at the buffet.

How the Earth Was Made, 9 p.m., History Was Yosemite Valley caused by glaciers or a giant earthquake? Who cares? After the ice caps melt, it'll be full of water, anyway.

Wednesday

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Now this is a holiday special. No new characters, no different voice actors, no all-new story line with action figure tie-ins. Just the Whos, Boris Karloff and that poor little dog.

The 11th Annual A Home for the Holidays With Faith Hill, 8 p.m., CBS Wait 'til they have to break the news to the kids that Mary J. Blige, Michael Franti, Reba McEntire, Shakira, Carrie Underwood, Jenna Elfman and Nia Vardalos aren't the ones adopting children.

Launch My Line, 10 p.m., Bravo The best way to get people to watch a fledgling reality series? Nude models.

Thursday

Disney Prep & Landing, 8 p.m., ABC Yeah, we thought this was on before, too, but watching Christmas elves get jerked around at their office makes us feel a little warmer inside.

Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide, 10 p.m., PBS For your Christmas Eve viewing, listen to excerpts from Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's St. Paul and Honegger's King David on this 2007 special. We're pretty sure they haven't changed the words.

Christmas at the Cathedral: Beacon of Hope, 11:35 p.m., CBS And after that, you can watch a service from St. Joseph Cathedral with the bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D. It's a wild and crazy night, we tell you.

Friday

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, 10 a.m., ABC Just in case you can't be in Orlando or California for the big day, watch Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Anika Noni Rose, Kris Allen and Demi Lovato from home, so that one day your kids' children will ask, "Who were they?"

Bad Santa, 7 p.m., Spike One of our favorite Christmas movies, although after the censors get hold of it, there's really not much of a movie.

Total Recall, 9 p.m., SyFy And really, what says Christmas more than the governor of California having his eyes bug out of his head from lack of atmospheric pressure? Plus: Michael Ironside!

Joshua Gillin, Times staff writer

What to watch: The best on TV this week 12/18/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 20, 2009 6:37pm]

    

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