TV tonight: ‘12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief’ and Modern Family

SuperStorm Sandy ravages the coast.

Photo: Robin Hood Foundation

WASHINGTON, December 12, 2012 –Tonight “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” will be the most widely available live concert ever, according to producers.

Thirty-four TV networks will carry the concert, and online viewing will be available as well.According to FoxNews, “Channels like AMC, VH1 Classic and the Cooking Channel will air the show. And for fans who would rather catch the concert online, AOL.com, Foxmoviechannel.com, YouTube.com and many more websites will also be live streaming it.” The show is expected to run from 7:30 p.m. until about midnight. For a complete rundown on the performers and ways to view the concert, please refer to Gayle Falkenthal’s excellent article elsewhere in Entertain Us!

There’s nothing like a group of big hearted performers giving their time for a good cause to bring me out of my early winter doldrums. America is at its best when we have a cause to pull together and support, and raising money for the victims of Superstorm Sandy is a wonderful way to come together as a nation, if only for a night. Please take the time to tune in and help while being entertained by some of the biggest names in the music industry.

To hear Sir Paul McCartney—one of tonight’s performers—as he discusses his own involvement in the 12-12-12 benefit concert, check out the video we’ve posted following our regular network TV listings.

The tech crew preps Madison Square Garden for tonight’s 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert. (Photo: AP/John Minchillo.)

Meanwhile, elsewhere on the tube, for amateur performers trying to make it big, there is always the X Factor tonight on FOX. If you prefer something a little more risqué you can shimmy on over to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CW. Also tonight, if you prefer some good laughs provided by the highest rated scripted show on TV, watch how Little League fever hits Modern Family inside and high.

And finally, if you prefer an interview with some of the top newsmakers of 2012, tune in to Barbara Walters Presents for insightful and unique Q&A. I am curious if Babs will make any of her guests cry tonight, one of the trademarks of her generally empathetic interviewing style. If not, I hope she at least asks Chris Christie what kind of tree he would be. I’m guessing that if asked, he will say a stout and solid Oak Tree.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (New) Frankie worries Mike is tiring of her as their 20th anniversary draws close; Sue tries to get Axl and Brick’s help planning a party for their parents; Axl spoils the end of a book for Brick.

CBS: Survivor: Philippines: (New) A final three deal is struck by some castaways.

FOX: The X Factor: (Live) The top finalists take the stage again.

NBC: Whitney: (New) Alex is invited to deliver a speech at his alma mater while Mark gets a lesson in chivalry.

CW: Arrow: (New) Oliver discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira and Thea stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (New) When the neighborhood gardener dies, forcing Debbie and Marty to explain death to the aliens, Larry Bird decides to solve the problem.

NBC: Guys With Kids: (Repeat) Chris rings in Ernie’s first birthday in unconventional style.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (New) When Manny and Luke’s Little League team makes it to the playoffs, Claire and Cameron search for a field to use; Gloria uses a microphone to sing to the baby.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (New) The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving UnSub whose signature matches that of a serial killer from 30 years ago. Also, the team learns that someone is tracking their cases and replicating crimes the BAU is solving.

NBC: Take It All: (New) Join host Howie Mandel for the exciting new game show where contestants face the choice of a lifetime!

CW: Victoria’s Secret fashion Show: (Repeat) Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars perform as supermodels Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge and Lindsay Ellingson take to the runway to showcase the company’s lingerie.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: Barbara Walters Presents: (New) The journalist interviews some of 2012’s top newsmakers, including author E.L. James, Gov. Chris Christie, gymnast Gabby Douglas, actor Ben Affleck, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, group One Direction, and writer Seth MacFarlane.

10 p.m.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (New) When five people are killed in a small plane crash a mile off the Vegas strip, the CSI team is called to investigate. Also, Sara feels the strain of having a long-distance relationship with Grissom when a former lover of hers is involved with the crash investigation,

NBC: Chicago Fire: (New) After a horrific incident, one of the firehouse’s own is forced to go on disability and leave his life as a firefighter.

For those interested in hearing a bit more about tonight’s benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, check out the video below. For a full-screen version, click the arrows next to “HD” at the bottom right corner of the video. Other celebrity comments are available via onscreen links at the end of this clip.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Amish Mafia: The Devil’s Cut at 8 p.m. on DSC

Amish Mafia at 9 p.m. on DSC

American Restoration at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel

Border Wars at 9 p.m. on NGC

Toy Hunter at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Top Chef at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Moonshiners at 10 p.m. on DSC

Invention USA at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Taken on FX

Our Idiot Brother on TMC

9 p.m.

Finding Nemo on STARZ

Rise of the Planet of the Apes on MOMAX

X-Men: First Class on CINEMAX

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on ABCFAM

Courage Under Fire at 10:30 p.m. on REELZ

 


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