TV tonight: Back-to-back episodes of How I Met Your Mother and The Voice

Back-to-back episodes of How I Met Your Mother tonight.

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WASHINGTON, December 17, 2012 –Tonight, How I Met Your Mother is running brand new back-to-back episodes. For eight seasons, Neil Patrick Harris and company have given America a reason to laugh, and tonight is no exception. A little bit of welcome humor is one small remedy to help dull the pain after the horror of Newtown.

If you prefer something that validates the good in people, you can catch not one but two episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Tonight the Extreme Makeover team builds a house for a family that adopted five children so they would not be separated.

FOX network is running a night of animated Christmas specials. That’s a good reason to sit down with your children and share the love with them that we take for granted all too often.

I don’t have to worry about sending a child off to school today. My daughter is grown and leading a full and productive life, as every child should be able to do. My friends who have younger children do not have that luxury. They had to overcome their own fears, ease the fear of their children, and send them off to school today hoping they will be safe. My friends who are teachers feel the responsibility of their jobs in ways I can only try to imagine.

Parents should not have to worry about the safety of their children while the youngsters are attending school. In the words of the President, surely we can do better.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: (New) Part 1: The team helps build a home for a family that adopted five siblings so they wouldn’t be separated.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (New) Robin takes steps to have Patrice fired from WWN, while Marshall puts a jinx on Barney. Later, Ted invites his architecture professor to the dedication of the GNB building; and Marshall and Lily bump into an oddball acquaintance from college.

FOX: Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury: (New) Based on How To Train Your Dragon, the show takes place in the middle of preparing for the Viking winter holiday. After all dragons inexplicably fly away, with the last one of them unwittingly kidnapping Hiccup.

NBC: The Voice: (Live) The top three artists give their ultimate performance.

CW: Gossip Girl: (Repeat) The Series Finale begins with the stars and executive producers bidding farewell to the Upper East Side in a look back at the show’s many unforgettable moments. Then, in a fashionable farewell to remember, our favorite Upper East Siders join forces for one last soirée, and the shocking identity of Gossip Girl is finally revealed.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (New) Christmas approaches and Ted wrestles with whether to tell Robin about Barney’s intentions involving Patrice.

FOX: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special: (Repeat) In the middle of decorating for the holiday season, Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s favorite decoration, the traditional Christmas rock (predating the Christmas tree). Sid, convinced by Manny that he is now on Santa Claus’s naughty list, takes off with Crash, Eddie, and Peaches (who’s still a young child) for the North Pole to get back on the Santa’s good side. 

ESPN: Monday Night Football: Jets at Titans

9 p.m.

ABC: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: (New) Part 2: The team helps build a home for a family that adopted five siblings so they wouldn’t be separated.

CBS: Two Broke Girls: (New) Desperate for a way to pay their overdue rent, Max and Caroline get involved with a group of sketchy customers willing to pay top dollar for their cupcakes.

Fox: Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown: (Repeat) The gang tries to convince Linus to give up his trusty blanket.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike and Molly: (New) Even while portraying Santa, Mike cannot contain his frustrations over Molly’s Christmas spending and warns unsuspecting children about the dangers of maxing out credit cards to buy toys.

NBC: 1600 Penn: (New) American television comedy series about a dysfunctional family living in the White House.

10 p.m.

ABC: Castle: (Repeat) When a woman is murdered, Castle and Beckett think a repossessed storage unit may have a connection to her death.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (New) After someone foolishly tries to carjack McGarrett, he and Catherine meet a boy whose father is missing and may be in deadly trouble in the backwoods of Oahu.

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

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

American Chopper: Countdown to the End at 8 p.m. on DSC

American Chopper at 9 p.m. on DSC

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Hoarders at 9 p.m. on A&E

American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

The Layover With Anthony Bourdain at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Intervention at 10 p.m. on A&E

Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

Cake Boss at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

Hotel Impossible at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

A Christmas Carol on AMC

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on FMC

Monster’s Ball on IFC

War Horse on Showtime

Destination Tokyo on TCM

9 p.m.

John Carter on STARZ

The Girl Next Door on MOMAX

Crazy, Stupid, Love on HBO

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on HBO

Later tonight:

The Singing Detective at 10 p.m. on FLIX

The Karate Kid at 10:30 p.m. on FX

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