TV tonight: Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour explores religions in the Middle East tonight.

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WASHINGTON, December 28, 2012 – The holiday rerun festival continues, with no end in sight. However, there is an intriguing special on tonight. The first part of ‘Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour’ was the top rated show last Friday night, with over 5 million viewers. The conclusion airs tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Amanpour will continue her exploration of the Middle East, and the roots of Christianity, Judaism and Islam that call the region home. No stranger to global stories, Amanpour has almost 30 years of experience as an international reporter.

She was also CNN’s chief international correspondent from 1992 to 2010. Reporting from hot spots all over the Middle East, as well as interviewing many of the leaders of the region has given Amanpour a knowledge of its people and problems that ranks among the best. I would love to have a better understanding of both. That’s why I’ll be watching the conclusion tonight.  

For younger viewers, FOX is airing Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, starting at 8 p.m. For everyone else, there is always three hours of Undercover Boss on CBS or mini marathons of Duck Dynasty on A&E. There’s something for everyone, but I’ll still be happy when the networks decide to start running new episodes of anything. Looks like we’ll have to wait for next year.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

ABC: Shark Tank: (Repeat) An entrepreneur returns for a second chance at a deal; an inventor must prove that his creation can turn waste products into gold; a woman wants to expand her handcrafted cookie company. 

CBS: Undercover Boss: (Repeat) Budget Blinds CEO Chad Hallock works undercover at his window-coverings company.

FOX: Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury: (Repeat) The “How to Train Your Dragon” sequel finds the winged fire-breathing creatures suddenly taking flight from the village, leaving their perplexed human friends to figure out what made them depart and try to discover a way to get them to return.

NBC: Go On: (Repeat) Ryan is invited to play in a hockey game featuring Jeremy Roenick (starring as himself), but he’s been chosen out of sympathy. Elsewhere, the group creates collages in an exercise that Ryan finds useless; and Ryan accompanies Anne to a lesbian wedding.

CW: Nikita: (Repeat) Ryan takes charge of Division with Nikita by his side. Their first mission under the new regime is to bring in “The Dirty Thirty”.

8:30 p.m.

NBC: Go On: (Repeat) Ryan makes progress and begins taking care of himself in Janie’s absence. Elsewhere, the group helps Lauren study for a real-estate exam, and Steven hits the town with Ryan in the wake of a breakup.

FOX: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas: (Repeat) Sid (voice of John Leguizamo) fears he’s on Santa’s naughty list after ruining decorations belonging to Manny (voice of Ray Romano), so he and his pals go to the North Pole to clear his name, but they wind up accidentally damaging Santa’s workshop.

9 p.m.

ABC: Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour: (New) Conclusion. Christiane Amanpour explores biblical stories and places in the Middle East to investigate the origins of many of the world’s religions.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (Repeat) Roto-Rooter president Rick L. Arquilla works undercover at his company.

FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (Repeat) The work continues on La Galleria 33, an Italian restaurant run by two sisters in Boston’s North End, as the owners deal with staffing issues, menu improvements and upgrades to the establishment’s decor.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) A young Florida woman is abducted, resulting in three failed attempts to deliver ransom and leading to a bizarre close to the case.

CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Deadshot sets his sights on Arrow.

10 p.m.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (Repeat) Fastsigns International CEO Catherine Monson works undercover at her company.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

My Ghost Story: Caught on camera at 9 p.m. on Bio

Gold Rush: The Dirt-Bio Special 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

I Love the 1880s at 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

Bering Sea Gold: Back to the Dredge at 10 p.m. on DSC

Vegas Brides at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day on AMC

Alien: The Director’s Cut on CINEMAX

Holes on ENC

The Crying Game on FLIX

Reign of Fire on FX

Safe House on HBO

Die Another Day on TMC

The Change-Up at 9 p.m. on HBO

The Dead Zone at 10 p.m. on SUND


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