WASHINGTON, December 20, 2012 –According to the Mayans, tomorrow is the end of the world. Maybe that’s why tonight’s TV schedule is packed with reruns. Regardless of how many people watch tonight, when it comes time to see who won the night’s ratings and sell ads based those numbers, it will not matter. All of us will either be dead or seeking out those Doomsday Preppers we previously dismissed as nuts. I prefer to think the world and all its craziness will continue, and I’ll get a second chance at seeing Tom Hanks on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
There are some shows worth watching tonight, starting with The X Factor season finale. The champion is crowned tonight and awarded a 5 million dollar recording contract. For something more seasonal, NBC is airing A White House Christmas: First Families Remember, and ABC is showing CMA Country Christmas.
My take on the holiday season will be a little more irreverent. I’ll be watching one of the best Christmas movies ever: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase and company show us all just how demanding and frustrating celebrating Christmas can be, giving us a reason to laugh in the process. Besides, what’s not to like about a squirrel loose in a Christmas tree?
All times are EST:
ABC: I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown: (Repeat) Lucy and Linus’ little brother, ReRun, turns to Snoopy and Spike for holiday cheer.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) “The Santa Simulation” - Penny, Bernadette and Amy try to find a girl for Koothrappali when he joins the girls for ladies’ night.
FOX: The X Factor: (Live) This is it — the three remaining contestants on The X Factor gave their final performances Wednesday, and now viewer votes will determine which one will walk away with a $5 million recording contract tonight. (BTW, we’ve included a slightly controversial video below in which young Carly Rose Sonenclar out-sings Leann Rimes who can’t seem to harmonize. Is Leann doing this on purpose or not? We report. You decide. And sorry, you’ll have to endure an ad before you get to the clip.)
NBC: A White House Christmas: First Families Remember: First Lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter share their holiday-theme White House memories. Also: a behind-the-scenes look at the White House staff. Meredith Vieira hosts.
CW: The Vampire Diaries: (Repeat) Caroline does her best to be there for Stefan and Elena in a tough time. Damon tries to convince Stefan to help him uncover Prof. Shane’s (guest star David Alpay) motives, but Stefan is intent on carrying out a different plan with Klaus.
CBS: Two and a Half Men: (Repeat) Walden juggles having two identities – rich man and poor man, and Alan finds himself alone at Christmas.
ABC: CMA Country Christmas: (New) Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.
CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) Reese goes rogue to solve a case, and reveals his past.
NBC: The Office: (Repeat) Andy flaunts his genealogy when he discovers he’s related to Michelle Obama. Meanwhile, Darryl struggles in his new post; Dwight teaches Erin a new language to wow her boyfriend’s family; and Nellie tries to persuade Pam that Jim’s having an affair.
CW: Beauty and the Beast: (Repeat) Iris (Lara Jean Chorostecki), a Bosnian immigrant, is arrested on the suspicion of killing a judge for deporting her brother. Vincent (Jay Ryan) insists that Iris is innocent, so trusting his instincts, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) works behind-the-scenes to uncover the truth.
NBC: Parks and Recreation: (Repeat) Leslie responds to an STD outbreak among Pawnee seniors by conducting her own sex-education class. At the same time, Tom finds himself gadget-less and turning to Ron for help coping with life without technology; and Ben and April have their first encounter with Congressman Murray.
CBS: Elementary: (Repeat) Holmes investigates the murder of a young man who was shot upon entering his apartment.
NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams: (New) Pastor Rick Warren discusses a diet-and-fitness program called the Daniel Plan; Harry Smith profiles author James Patterson; Erica Hill casts light on marriage proposals at Rockefeller Center during the holidays. Also: hot news topics.
New episodes of:
Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p. m. on NGC
The Real Housewives of Miami at 9 p. m. on BRAVO
2012 The End is Now at 9 p. m. on History Channel
Rocket City Rednecks at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on NGC
Sweet Genius at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
American Chainsaw at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC
Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day at 10 p.m. on TLC
For movie lovers:
Miracle on 34th Street on AMC
The Brave One on CINEMAX
Moneyball on ENC
Dead Again on FLIX
Wanted on FMC
Christmas with the Kranks on FX
Angel Heart on SUND
Holiday Affair on TCM
Fair Game on SHO
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on STARZ
Titanic on HBO
New Year’s Eve on HBO
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on ABCFAM
End of Days at 10 p.m. on Cinemax
The Crying Game at 10 p.m. on FLIX
The Lost World: Jurassic Park at 10:15 p.m. on ENC
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