TV tonight: The Walking Dead, Homeland and Soul Train Awards

Cedric the Entertainer hosts The Soul Train Awards

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WASHINGTON, November 25, 2012 ― As the long holiday weekend slips away and you are dreading the arrival of Monday morning, take heart in the fact you are much more fortunate than the characters in tonight’s line up.

You could be finding new and creative ways to kill zombies on The Walking Dead, or you could be in the hands of terrorist kidnappers like Brody on Homeland. Even worse, you could be one of the characters on 666 Park Avenue who will fade into the grey limbo of cancelled shows after this season.

If you need more to be thankful for, be grateful another Black Friday and all its hype is gone for another year. If you want to extend your thankfulness beyond that, join the shop local movement for Christmas this year and keep those precious retail dollars in your home town instead of in the pocket of some sweat shop owner in Asia. It’s just a thought.

On a lighter note, as one antidote to the pre-Christmas hype, there’s always the annual Soul Train Awards show on BET tonight, honoring the best and brightest talents in soul, hip-hop, and R&B. The entertaining 2012 stanza will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

In closing, R.I.P. Larry Hagman. Thank you for the iconic TV characters you portrayed that will live on as your legacy.

All times are EST

8 p.m. NFL Football and Soul Train music awards in this hour.

ABC: Once Upon a Time: (New) A determined Cora (Barbara Hershey) tries to snatch the compass from Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Meanwhile, Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) endanger David (Joshua Dallas), hoping this will be a catalyst for him to connect with Mary Margaret and assist her and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) with finding a way back to Storybrooke.

CBS: Amazing Race: (New) The race continues in Amsterdam, and the five remaining teams encounter a game-changing double U-turn.

FOX: The Simpsons: (New) Homer is bummed when his “MyPad” tablet computer breaks, but hope springs eternal when Ned Flanders discovers a tree with magical powers and a bark that spells out “HOPE” in the Simpsons’ backyard.

NBC: Sunday Night Football: Packers at Giants

BET: Soul Train Awards: (New) Cedric the Entertainer hosts the 25th annual gala honoring soul, hip-hop and R&B artists. Don Cornelius and New Edition receive special tributes. Performers include Raphael Saadiq; Fantasia; Ne-Yo; Keyshia Cole; John Legend; 2 Chainz; Stevie Wonder; Elle Varner; and Miguel. From Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) Mr. Fischoeder’s new pier attraction, a mechanical shark, goes haywire and terrorizes the town, and it falls to Bob and the family to catch it.

9 p.m. A cartoon cougar gone wild and memories best forgotten in this hour.

ABC: Revenge: (New) An episode set in 2006 finds Victoria’s mom visiting her, sparking unpleasant childhood memories for Victoria (Madeleine Stowe).

CBS: The Good Wife: (New) Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Diane (Christine Baranski) 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.

FOX: Family Guy: (New) A midlife crisis leads to Lois adopting a wild new persona, and Peter struggles to keep up with her. Meanwhile, Stewie’s new pet, a turtle he found in the park, turns out to have an evil side and is bent on ruining Stewie’s life.

AMC: The Walking Dead: (New) The Governor seeks information, while a new arrival at the prison forces Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to make a decision.

SHOWTIME: Dexter: (New) As Dexter (Michael C. Hall) scrambles to track down Isaak (Ray Stevenson), a power struggle erupts among the Koshka Brotherhood, which could prove to Dexter’s advantage. Meanwhile, Miami Dade tries to smoke out the Phantom Arsonist.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: The Cleveland Show: (New) Cleveland’s idea to take Cleveland Jr. to a turkey farm to bag one for Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t fly with the young guy, who instead hatches a plan to free the birds.

10 p.m. A cancelled drama and a gang member making good in this hour.

ABC: 666 Park Avenue: (New) Jane (Rachael Taylor) disappears without a trace but then suddenly pops up in the middle of Times Square and is taken to a hospital for observation. (Cancelled) The network will air the remaining episodes from their initial orders of 13, but will not pick up any additional hours. No word yet on when the series finales will air.

CBS: The Mentalist: (New) The team investigates the homicide of a real-estate agent who was once linked to a gang. Meanwhile, Jane (Simon Baker) looks for leads on his new discovery about Red John.

SHOWTIME: Homeland: (New) Things for Brody (Damian Lewis) are threatening to spiral out of control, forcing him to make a phone call he has been avoiding; Carrie (Claire Danes) preps for a pivotal meeting; Saul (Mandy Patinkin) teams with Virgil (David Marciano) and Max (Maury Sterling) for an assignment.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Christmas Crazier at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel

Sugar Dome at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

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

Mankind Rising at 9 p.m. on DSC

The Next Iron Chef at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Drugs Inc. at 9 p.m. on NGC

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Alaska State Troopers at 10 p.m. on NGC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Diehard 2 on CINEMAX

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on Encore

Mr. & Mrs. Smith on FMC

How to Train Your Dragon on FX

Ice Age on TBS

A Time to Kill on TNT

50/50 at 8: 30 p.m. on SHO

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at 9 p.m. on SyFy

Georgia at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

The Untouchables at 10 p.m. on SUNDANCE


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