WASHINGTON, December 27, 2012 –After a rejuvinating and wonderful Christmas with my family, I was hoping I would come back with some great TV shows to write about. But it seems tonight is just another schedule chock-full of reruns. Among them, FOX is running two hours of The Mindy Project reruns. Even more confusing is the order in which they are shown.
Rather than showing the pilot first, FOX put that material in the middle of tonight’s two hour marathon, airing it at 9 p.m. This should come as no surprise. FOX has taken what critics at one time called the best new comedy of the season and handicapped it with irratic scheduling and weak lead-ins. Months after its debut, the show is still struggling to find a favorable time slot as well as a clear identity. FOX has ordered more episodes, so let’s hope the show defines itself more clearly to the viewer in the future.
For something a bit more topical as well as cerebral, NBC is airing “Inside the Situation Room.” This is a play-by-play account of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, and the decision making process that led up to green lighting the operation.
For something a bit more larcenous, there is always the marathon of Mobsters on Bio. Given my Appalachian roots and suspicion of authority in general, this is what I’ll be watching. Maybe in the process, I’ll come up with a good synopsis for a reality show. If making duck calls and moonshine is marketable, surely a bunch of camo-wearing mountain people can make overcoming poverty in creative ways seem very entertaining.
All times are EST
ABC: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown: (Repeat) While other members of the Peanuts gang plan a holiday celebration, Charlie Brown struggles with “War and Peace”; a bonus cartoon is “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.’”
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Amy feels threatened when Sheldon hires a young female assistant. Meanwhile, the pressure of being in space takes its toll on Wolowitz.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy cooks Thanksgiving dinner at Gwen’s house, but is surprised that the guest list includes Dennis, her former blind date, who shows up with his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Danny is all alone at the office; and Jeremy meets Betsy’s unusual family at their holiday gathering.
NBC: 30 Rock: (Repeat) Liz clashes with Tracy and sets out to prove to him that women are indeed funny. Liz also must protect Jenna from negative publicity. Meanwhile, Jack takes a shot at an offbeat dating strategy.
CW: Vampire Diaries: (Repeat) Stefan and Damon visit New Orleans and recall their last trip there in 1942. While there, Damon runs into one of his former flames. Meanwhile, Elena, Caroline and Bonnie share a fun evening together, until Elena reveals some shocking news.
CBS: Two and a Half Men: (Repeat) Bridget reappears just as Walden is romancing a new love interest.
NBC: Up All Night: (Repeat) Reagan adjusts to being a stay-at-home mom and learns about the quirks of the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Chris and Scott work on launching their business, and Ava runs into her former accompanist, whom she may have mistreated on the path to success.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy feels awkward when her teen neighbor inquires about birth control; Danny gets an anonymous complaint that Morgan has been staring inappropriately at Shauna.
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (Repeat) Meredith asks Heather to help fix Derek’s hand; Cristina sets Stephanie and Leah against each other in a competition; Alex starts to see Jo differently; Shane learns a valuable lesson from April.
CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) A government conspiracy endangers a person of interest.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Ob-gyn Mindy Lahiri struggles to clean up the mess that is her personal life in the premiere episode of this sitcom. It begins with an unforgettable toast at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding that leads to an embarrassing brush with the law.
NBC: The Office: (Repeat) When the office holiday party fizzles, Dwight throws a traditional Schrute German Christmas. Meanwhile, Darryl suspects that Jim has forgotten to include him in a new job opportunity in Philadelphia, and Pete teaches Erin about the film “Die Hard.”
CW: Beauty and the Beast: (Repeat) A badly beaten teenager is found comatose in a dumpster. Later, Vincent offers to sacrifice himself.
NBC: Parks and Recreation: (Repeat) Ron’s new girlfriend, Diane, meets his ex-wife Tammy Two when they all attend a woodworking-awards dinner. At the same time, Jerry throws a holiday party and not everyone is invited.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy throws a Christmas party at her apartment for her colleagues, who finally get to meet Josh, but no one is more surprised than Mindy when she learns her new boyfriend’s secret. Meanwhile, Jeremy doesn’t find much cheer in giving out holiday bonuses.
ABC: Scandal: (Repeat) The team manages a billionaire who seems to have lost his sanity; Olivia and the White House staff prepare to celebrate the president’s 50th birthday; while investigating Cytron, James discovers something that could change the country’s fate.
CBS: Elementary: (Repeat) A Wall Street executive dies from an apparent heroin overdose, but Holmes isn’t convinced. Meanwhile, Watson starts dating again.
NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams: (Repeat) “Inside the Situation Room”: A year after the May 1, 2011, raid on bin Laden’s compound, Obama and several of the advisers who helped plan the operation, known as “Operation Neptune’s Spear,” spoke exclusively to NBC News, reflecting on the tense months spent planning and debating the feasibility of this daring raid.
New episodes of:
Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p.m. on NGC
The Real Housewives of Miami at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Rocket City Rednecks at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on NGC
Four Weddings at 9 p.m. on TLC
Mysteries at the Museum at 9 p. m. on Travel Channel
Beyond Scared Straight at 10 p.m. on A&E
Wives with Beehives at 10 p.m. on TLC
For movie lovers:
Poseidon on AMC
The Big Lebowski on ENC
The Story of Us on FLIX
Bound on IFC
The Postman on REELZ
Good Morning, Vietnam on SUND
Black Widow on TCM
Joyful Noise on HBO
Project X on MOMAX
War Horse on SHO
Zookeeper on STARZ
The Samaratin at 9:25 p.m. on SHO
Beyond Borders at 9:45 p.m. on FLIX
The Left Hand of God at 9:45 p.m. on TCM
Hall Pass at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX