WASHINGTON, December 21, 2012 –The winter solstice is here and the world did not end, unless you count the stalemate over the fiscal cliff in Washington. The Dow is reacting with a drop of 163 points and counting. The market reaction is just one more reason to join the Gold Rush gang tonight in seeking something of real value, regardless of Wall Street activity: gold.
I’m not the only one watching. Last Friday night almost 5 million people tuned in to watch the exploits of real gold diggers. I’m not sure what intrigues me more, the possibility of seeing these people strike it rich, or the possibility that they might kill each other in the process.
Equipment breakdowns, personality conflicts, and the unforgiving landscape make for a volatile mix that is both unsettling and compelling at the same time. I cannot help but root for the fortune seekers, but I have to wonder just how real it is, and how much the players are receiving for being filmed. I hope their compensation is substantial, because so far, none of these latter-day 49ers have succeeded in collecting anything but animosity from each other.
Either way, it makes for good TV, especially since the major networks insist on an exasperating pattern of multiple reruns during this holiday season.
All times are EST:
ABC: Last Man Standing: (Repeat) Mike secretly forms an after school dodge ball club for the neighborhood kids in hope of building character in Boyd.
CBS: The Good Wife: (Repeat) Alicia and Diane are forced to constantly rethink their strategy when an opposing lawyer keeps changing tactics. Meanwhile, Eli wins a victory in his efforts to protect Peter’s image.
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (Repeat) Chef Ramsay helps stubborn sisters live up to their parents’ success.
NBC: Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas: (Repeat) Blake’s joined by Reba, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Christina Aguilera, Jay Leno and more stars in a new musical variety special for the holidays.
CW: The Happy Elf: (Repeat) Elbie the Elf sets out to bring Christmas joy to Bluesville in this holiday delight.
ABC: Malibu Country: (Repeat) Reba leaves her cheating husband and takes her kids and mother to California so she can pursue her long set-aside music career.
ABC: Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour: (New) Christiane Amanpour visits historical sites of importance to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
CBS: The Good Wife: (Repeat) Alicia represents a female military officer who accuses a civilian contractor of attempting to rape her in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a surprising new obstacle appears in Peter’s path to become governor.
FOX: Fringe: (New) The Fringe team enlists the help of Nina Sharp to defeat the Observers.
NBC: Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays: (Repeat) Michael Bublé presides over a holiday songfest featuring guests Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepsen. Songs include “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Let It Snow,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Winter Wonderland.”
CW: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: (Repeat) Elmo Shropshire narrates this animated interpretation of the offbeat Yule tune, as Jake Spankenheimer (Alex Doduk) tries to find his grandma and save her Christmas shop. It’s in danger of being sold by his greedy cousin, Mel (Michele Lee). Grandma: Sue Blu. Santa Claus: Jim Staahl.
NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Andy Cohen discuss the dos and don’ts for your Christmas tree as part of Dateline’s ‘Holiday How-To Guide’ special.
CBS: The Good Wife: (Repeat) Alicia and Diane agree to let a famous liberal lawyer assist them on a case, but they soon realize that he may not have their client’s best interests in mind. Meanwhile, Alicia’s mother arrives seeking legal and moral support from her daughter and son.
New episodes of:
The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 9 p. m. on BRAVO
Gold Rush at 9 p.m. on DSC
Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Say Yes to the Dress at 9 and 9:30 p. m. on TLC
Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Whisker Wars at 10 p.m. on IFC
Brides of Beverly Hills at 10 p.m. on TLC
The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
For Movie lovers:
Miracle on 34th Street on AMC
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective on ENC
2012 on FX
Red Tails on HBO
Ransom on TMC
The Sitter on MOMAX
Safe House on HBO
New Year’s Eve on HBO
Santa Clause on ABCFAM
Project X on CINEMAX
Real Steel on SHO
High Fidelity on SUND
Monte Carlo on TCM
For further consideration: After Newtown at 8 p.m. on PBS (Check local listings)
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