TV tonight: DWTS season finale and How the Grinch Stole Christmas

DWTS finalists perform one last routine for the judges.

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WASHINGTON, November 27, 2012 ―Last night’s DWTS online chat was so much fun Washington Times Communities’ Gayle Falkenthal has decided to host another chat tonight. She has reported on DWTS the entire season and her knowledge of the competition simplified the night’s action and made it a lot more fun to watch in the process. Join Gayle at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight for the season finale in her virtual ballroom.

For those with two left feet like me, there is still plenty of great TV to enjoy tonight. Whoville prepares for Christmas and Shrek tries but fails to have a quiet family Christmas on ABC starting at 8 p.m. Sit down with the newest generation to watch these great specials and tell yourself you are only watching it for their benefit. It works for me.

For more adult entertainment there are some great dramas to pick from, as well as a Tuesday night sitcom favorite: The New Normal at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Relax and enjoy some great television with your loved ones. Christmas and all its frenetic seasonal activity will still be there waiting tomorrow.

8 p.m. A perennial Christmas favorite, a kidnapped girl and a charity walk in this hour.

ABC: How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Dr. Seuss tale about the Whos, creatures who like nothing better than Christmas, and the evil Grinch, with a heart two sizes too small–and a plan to steal the holiday. Boris Karloff narrates this 1966 classic. Songs by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) and Albert Hague.

CBS: NCIS: (New) A teen girl is kidnapped when a Navy captain, his daughter and her friend are attacked. Meanwhile, Tony (Michael Weatherly) gets jealous when Ziva (Cote de Pablo) makes plans with a mysterious man.

FOX: Raising Hope: (New) The Chances sign up for a charity walk to benefit Angry Bowel Syndrome, a condition Jimmy (Lucas Neff) had as a child. Meanwhile, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) start to feel like they’re getting old; and Jimmy finds it difficult to support Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) in a spat with her ex when he thinks she’s at fault.

NBC: The Voice: (Live) Two artists are cut in a results show.

CW: Hart of Dixie:  (New) Lavon (Cress Williams) and Ruby’s (Golden Brooks) romance proves problematic for Zoe (Rachel Bilson) and Lemon, who try to uncover Ruby’s real angle.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Shrek the Halls: Shrek, Fiona and the kids try to celebrate the holidays as a family, but visits by Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingerbread Man and others turn a cozy gathering into a chaotic Christmas. Voices include Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.

FOX: Ben and Kate: (New) Kate (Dakota Johnson) has a hard time taking Will (Geoff Stults) seriously after she sees the face he makes while playing guitar in his cover band; Tommy (Echo Kellum) hooks Ben (Nat Faxon) up with a job at the country club; BJ (Lucy Punch) goes to a support-group meeting and gains insight about her friendship with Kate.

9 p.m. DWTS season finale, an Olympian and a kidnapped millionaire in this hour.

ABC: Dancing With The Stars: All Stars: (Live) The remaining couples perform one final routine before a winner is announced in the 15th-season finale.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) A retired CIA agent, who was also a millionaire, is murdered. The investigation reveals Hetty (Linda Hunt) may know more about the case than she is willing to acknowledge.

FOX: New Girl: (New) Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) begin to worry about their biological clocks when they learn that a friend is pregnant. Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) wants to please Emma (Carla Gugino); Nick (Jake M. Johnson) and Winston (Lamourne Morris) look for inspiration for Nick’s zombie-theme novel at the zoo.

NBC: Go On: (New) Ryan (Mathew Perry) decides to date again and receives an invitation from Olympian Misty May-Treanor (playing herself) to play beach volleyball with her pals.

CW: Emily Owens, M.D.: (New) Emily (Mamie Gummer) treats an infant and a deeply religious man whose faith is shaken following surgery. Meanwhile, Will (Justin Hartley) breaks protocol with a risky diagnosis; and Tyra (Kelly McCreary) considers telling her father that she is a lesbian.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) Mindy (Mindy Kaling) feels awkward when her teen neighbor inquires about birth control; Danny (Chris Messina) gets an anonymous complaint that Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) has been staring inappropriately at Shauna (Amanda Setton).

NBC: The New Normal: (New) The guys accidentally discover the sex of their baby. Elsewhere, Shania (Bebe Wood) gives a stirring performance at a school assembly, inspiring Goldie (Georgia King) to pursue her dreams.

10 p.m. Perks for a mistress and trouble on the home front in this hour.

CBS: Vegas: (New) Things get complicated for Savino (Michael Chiklis) when Rizzo (Michael Rizzo) hires his former mistress, a popular cabaret singer, to perform at the casino. Meanwhile, clues to a murder case lead to a nearby Air Force base, which means police must share jurisdiction with the military.

NBC: Parenthood: (New) Julia (Erika Christensen) adjusts to staying home while Joel (Sam Jaeger) pursues a career; Crosby (Dax Shepard) clashes with a neighbor who could threaten the Luncheonette and parenting and relationship issues come between Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Mark (Jason Ritter).

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Alaska: The Last Frontier at 9 p.m. on DSC

Mankind: The Story of All of Us at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Dangerous Grounds at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Million Dollar Decorators at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Buying Alaska at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Sons of Anarchy at 10 p.m. on FX

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Rambo 4 on AMC

Ice Age two: The Meltdown

Return to Lonesome Dove on ENC

Faster at 8:15 p.m. on SHO

Up at 9 p.m. on ABCFAM

Finding Nemo at 9 p.m. on STARZ

True Lies at 9:35 p.m. on ENC

Roadhouse at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Don’t miss our final Communities live chat for this season of Dancing With The Stars at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. “Dancing With the Stars” returns for the final show of All-Stars Season 15 on Tuesday night, November 27, 9 p.m. Eastern Time, on the ABC Television Network.

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