WASHINGTON, December 16, 2012 – Taking the time to provide tonight’s TV viewing seems a bit pointless in light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, but I know we need a little distraction from the horror. We have all been watching the news coverage trying to find a reason for the carnage, but we will never have a satisfactory answer.
There is nothing that can explain it, and there is nothing that will put the victims back in the loving embrace of their families.
We can mourn, send our love and prayers to the families of the victims, and beyond that, take a little time to reflect on our own humanity. Choose empathy over apathy, choose kindness over anger, and choose love instead of hate. This country is in a slow but steady meltdown. It has to stop, especially when our most cherished and vulnerable members of society are taken from us.
The one beautiful thing I can pull from the horror is the bravery of the faculty. If not for their quick and decisive action to protect the children, it would have been a lot worse. We should all take a lesson from their selfless response to this unimaginable tragedy.
Deciding how we treat every person we run across throughout our day is one course of action we all have control over as individuals. I know this sounds more than a little naïve, but there are no simple answers.
We are all in this together; can we please start acting like it?
President Obama will be speaking tonight at an interfaith vigil in Newtown. It will be shown on CNN. As soon as we have an approximate time for that broadcast, we will update.
All times are EST
CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) When the 951-ft.-long luxury liner hit a rock 11 months ago off the Italian coast, it was the biggest passenger ship ever to capsize. Now, the salvage operation to float and tow away the huge vessel is the biggest maritime salvage operation ever undertaken. Lesley Stahl reports.
ABC: Wipeout: (New) Contestants face the Nutcracker Sweet, Santa’s Workshop and the Jingle Balls.
FOX: The Simpsons: (New) When a fire at the retirement home forces grandpa to move back with the Simpsons, Homer throws out his back.
NBC: Sunday Night Football: San Francisco at New England
CBS: Survivor Philippines: (New) The finalists are questioned by the jurors, who then pick the winner.
FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) Bob inherits a storage unit, and the whole family imagines it filled with treasures.
ABC: The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding: (New) Chris Harrison officiates the wedding of Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum; performances by Lisa Donnelly and Matt White; sneak peek of “The Bachelor.”
FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) When Carter falls asleep at the wheel, Babs, Lois and Peter decide that it’s time for him to retire, so they head to Florida to check out senior communities.
SHOWTIME: Dexter: (New) In the Season 7 finale, LaGuerta is on the verge of exposing Dexter and his killer ways, while he does his best to cover for himself and Debra, and maintain the life he’s created.
FOX: American Dad: (Repeat) Stan joins Steve and Roger’s make-believe detective agency, but Stan proves to be an incompetent fake sleuth, and Roger demands that Steve fire him. He won’t do it. Then Stan is kidnapped.
SHOWTIME: Homeland: (New) In the Season 2 finale, Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Faber to contemplate the future of the family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment; and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer.
CBS: Survivor Philippines: Reunion: (New) The winner is picked as the 18 castaways return to discuss the season.
New episodes of:
William and Kate: A Royal Baby Story at 8 p.m. on TLC
Sugardome at 8 pm. On Food Channel
The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
What Destroyed the Hindenburg at 9 p.m. on DSC
The Next Iron Chef at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Drugs Inc. at 9 p.m. on NGC
Sister Wives at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC
Sturgis: Wild and Free at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Sweet Genius at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Bamazon at 10 p.m. on History Channel
Alaska State Troopers at 10 p.m. on NGC
For movie lovers:
A Christmas Carol on AMC
Fantastic Four on FMC
In Time on HBO
Little Children on SUND
Killers on TBS
Finding Nemo on STARZ
Roadhouse on MOMAX
Beginners on HBO
Toy Story 3 at 9:15 p.m. on ABCFAM
Bridesmaids at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
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