TV tonight: Sunday Night Football and Ax Men

The Cowboys and Redskins face off tonight for the NFC east title.

Photo: AP/Matt Strasen

WASHINGTON, December 30, 2012 –Tonight, one of the most intense rivalries in NFL football plays itself out, and the stakes are a lot higher than bragging rights over cumulative win-loss totals between the two. The Dallas Cowboys will be visiting the Washington Redskins in a continuing quest to keep their playoff hopes alive. The winner of this game will also win the NFC East, and a chance to continue on to the Big Dance in January.

I have friends who are rabid fans of each team, but I am a sucker for the underdog. That means I’ll be rooting for the Redskins, since they haven’t won the division since 1999. Besides, it would be great to see something positive accomplished in the nation’s capital, since Congress remains oblivious to anything but enjoying their long holiday recess and their recent vote to raise their own pay at our expense—presumably for doing such a great job on the economy.

I’ll be back in 2013. But first I have to mention our coverage of the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade that takes place on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST)

Our resident writer and west coast gal Gayle Falkenthal will be hosting a live chat during the parade. If you have never sat in on one of her live chats, you are depriving yourself of an entertaining and informative experience unlike any other online.

For the full story, read her preview article to one of the oldest and best New Year’s Day traditions: watching The Tournament of Roses Parade. I guarantee you it is a lot more fun watching it with her and the rest of the wonderful staff writers hosting the chat.

Let us all hope that 2013 will bring good things to our country, and to all the wonderful people who make it the greatest country in the world. ‘Till then, be safe, be kind, and be thankful.

Tonight’s viewing:

All Times are EST:

7:30 p.m.

CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) Scott Pelley explores how humans can move robotic limbs with their thoughts; Lara Logan interviews a former Danish spy who claims to have played a role in the killing of an Al-Qaeda leader; and Anderson Cooper profiles filmmaker Judd Apatow.

8 p.m.

ABC: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: When a new professor’s bureaucratic methods leave Hogwarts unprepared to fight the rising tide of evil, Harry teaches a dedicated group of students how to defend against the dark arts. Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) After Grampa takes it on the lam from the retirement home, a frantic Homer and Marge try to track him down, and their search uncovers some surprising secrets from his past, including the revelation that he once worked at a restaurant with Marvin Hamlisch (who provides his own voice) and fell in love with a singer at the eatery. Meanwhile, Lisa is flush with excitement when she discovers the joys of online poker.

NBC: Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Redskins.

Battle of the quarterbacks. Robert Griffin III (10) and Tony Romo (9) do the meet and greet thing after the ‘Skins’ surprise trouncing of the Cowboys in Dallas this past November. Will the past be prologue? (Credit: AP/Matt Strasen.)

8:30 p.m.

CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) A navy commander’s murder is investigated, and in the process, the team runs into E.J. Barrett.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (Repeat) When Bob inherits a storage unit around Christmas, visions of riches dance in the heads of the family, but what they find inside is a squatter who claims he once worked as a mannequin. In the spirit of the season, they invite the man to live in the restaurant, where he displays a knack for holiday decorating.

9 p.m.

FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) The Griffins are broke, but Peter has a plan to turn that around: He’s buying 200,000 lottery tickets. “Don’t you know that it’s just a tax on stupid people?” warns Brian. But Peter wants to be able to dive into a pool filled with gold coins, just like Scrooge McDuck.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: The Good Wife: (Repeat) Will tries his first case following his suspension, but he turns down a low settlement that could cost the firm some much-needed money. Meanwhile, Alicia inadvertently aids Peter’s campaign.

FOX: American Dad: (Repeat) Stan takes Steve to Mexico to help his teen son grow up. When they get there, they’re kidnapped by a drug cartel, and it turns out that only Steve has a chance to free them.

10:30 p.m.

CBS: The Mentalist: (Repeat) A serial-killer case hits close to home for Jane when he meets a blogger obsessed with the killer.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Sugar Dome at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

Drugged at 8 p.m. on NGC

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Curiosity at 9 p.m. on DSC

Iron Chef America at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Sister Wives at 9 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Lion King on ABCFAM

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on ABC

The Green Mile on AMC

The Specialist on ENC

Batman Begins on FMC

Wall Street on SUND

Transformers on TNT

9 p.m.

Amistad on TCM

Bad Teacher on STARZ

War Horse on SHO

Step Brothers on FX

10 p.m.

This Means War on CINEMAX

Sirens on FLIX

American Wedding on HBO

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