TV tonight: A Home for the Holidays with Rascal Flats, and Miss Universe Pageant

Rascal Flatts hosts A Home for the Holidays tonight.

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2012 –If ever there were a time we needed a positive story, it is now. Tonight, A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts provides just that.

The show gives us a warm mix of talented singers and successful adoption stories, just in time to remind us there is good in the world.

Even more poignant is the story of one of the show’s musical guests, Rachel Crow. Rachel spent the first three years of her life in foster homes before being adopted. Her adoptive parents then went on to love and support her in chasing her dream to become an entertainer. At age 13, Rachel finished fifth on The X Factor, and hasn’t looked back since. I am more than a little intrigued by Rachel and will be tuning in to see her, and to revel in the unique brand of kindness this show represents.

For those wanting something a little more adult, there is the Miss Universe Pageant, live from Las Vegas. If prancing bathing beauties don’t appeal to you, there is always the year in review, hosted by Katie Couric, on a special edition of 20/20.

One last tidbit: on Moonshiners tonight, Tickle shows us how he prepares for Christmas. I have to tune in to see if he puts up a real tree, or just hangs ornaments off his still. Either way, I am sure it will be amusing to see his take on the holiday season.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) After being fired from the car dealership and vowing not to take any job that comes her way, Frankie goes to tech school to get a real career; Axl begins his senior year of high school; sophomore Sue mentors a freshman.

CBS: A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flats: (New) Rascal Flatts host the 14th annual event to raise awareness of adoption. Featured: musical performances by Rascal Flatts, Rachel Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips.

FOX: The X Factor: (Live) The three remaining contestants take the stage for the last performance show of the season.

NBC: Miss Universe Pageant: (Live) Global beauties compete in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories at the 61st annual gala, hosted by Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes crowns her successor at the event.

CW: Noel: Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (Repeat) Debbie and Marty find out more about alien love when the Zabvronian mating season begins; a cute jock asks Amber to a makeout party.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Phil gets a vasectomy; Gloria and Jay can’t agree on whether or not they should find out the sex of the baby; Mitchell tries to steer Cameron toward getting a part-time job.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) 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.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: A special edition of 20/20: (New) The year with Katie Couric. Katie Couric recalls the biggest stories of 2012, including the presidential election, Hurricane Sandy, the deadly shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and the Petraeus scandal. Included: interviews with newsmakers and celebrities.

10 p.m.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) When five people are killed in a small plane crash a mile off the Vegas strip, the CSI team is called in to investigate.

NBC: Chicago Fire: (New) Casey’s men are accused of looting a fire scene. Meanwhile, Dawson invites Casey to her cousin’s fancy Christmas party, and a frustrated Shay reaches her limit with Severide.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Moonshiners at 8 p.m. on DSC

Amish Mafia at 9 p.m. on DSC

Border Wars at 9 p.m. on NGC

Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on SyFy

Toddlers and Tiaras at 9 p.m. on TLC

Top Chef at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Moonshiners at 10 p.m. on DSC

Invention USA at 10 p.m. on History Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

White Christmas on AMC

Green Lantern on CINEMAX

Mr. Wrong on FLIX

The Hurt Locker on FX

Presumed Innocent on REELZ

Traffic on SHO

Double Indemnity on TCM

9 p.m.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol on ABCFAM

Contraband on HBO

Unknown on MOMAX

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Later tonight:

Holes at 9:50 p.m. on ENC

Collateral at 10 p.m. on HBO

Lost in Translation at 10 p.m. on TMC

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