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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – American Giving Awards

Is there a better time of year to be focusing on giving? That must ben what NBC was thinking with the American Giving Awards airing tonight. Bob Costas hosts. Or, you can go for more traditional fare, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and original movies on Hallmark and Syfy. 

1. College Football. Duke vs. Washington. 11:00 AM CT CBS

2. College Football. NCAA Division I, Quarterfinal, Montana State at Sam Houston State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

3. College Basketball. Cincinnati at Xavier. 11:30 AM CT ESPN2

4. College Football. Army vs. Navy. 1:30 PM CT CBS

5. PGA Tour Golf: Franklin Templeton Shootout. Second round from Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, FL. 1:30 PM CT NBC

6. College Basketball. Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh. 1:30 PM CT ESPN2

7. College Basketball. Ohio State at Kansas. 2:15 PM CT ESPN

8. College Basketball. Villanova at Temple. 4:00 PM CT ESPN2

9. College Basketball. Kentucky at Indiana. 4:15 PM CT ESPN

10. The Santa Clause. This is a great flick that even had me questioning the existence of Santa Claus, not to mention my kids. 5:00 PM CT ABC Family

11. College Basketball. Miami at West Virginia. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

12. Secretariat. Diane Lane stars in this true story of a housewife ho takes over a thoroughbred farm after her dad dies, and fights chauvinism to owner of Secretariat, a Triple Crown winner. 6:10 PM CT Starz Edge

13. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s the Christmas special that makes being a dentist and having a red shiny nose cool. Tell the truth. How many of you are singing the song right now? 7:00 PM CT CBS

14. American Giving Awards. Bob Costas hosts this special that will grant a total of $2 million to the five featured charitable organizations. The organization with the most votes will receive a $1 million grant, the runner-up will be granted $500,000, a third organization will receive a $250,000 grant and two will be given $125,000 grants. Each charity will be presented by some of today’s top stars, including Miley Cyrus, J.R. Martinez, Terrence Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Gabrielle Union and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella. 7:00 PM CT NBC

15. Primetime Nightline. “BRinging America Back.” 7:00 PM CT ABC

16. Cops. An undercover cop looks for prostitutes in Vegas while posting as a cab driver, while other cops pose as prostitutes to arrest people for solicitation, and officers finds a couple in a compromising position. 7:00 PM CT Fox

17. Annie Claus is Coming to Town. Santa’s daughter Annie (Thayer) takes her first trip away from the North Pole during the Christmas season hoping to find adventure and love in sunny Los Angeles. She soon feels at home when she befriends her landlady Lucy (Fox) and local toyshop owner Ted (Page), who is struggling to keep his business afloat during the holidays. But when Annie is duped into falling for a charming actor, she risks losing her family, friends and a shot at true love. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

18. Pets 101. In the first hour, backyard neighbors, freaky fish, Australian invaders, and more. In the second hour, feathered friends, nocturnal neighbors, rambunctious roommates, and more. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

19. The Flight Before Christmas. An animated special with a young reindeer having not met his father. He wants to follow in his footsteps, but suffers from vertigo. 8:00 PM CT CBS

20. Republican Debate. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos moderate in Des Moines, Iowa. 8:00 PM CT ABC

21. Snowmageddon. One family comes across a mysterious snow globe that is an exact replica of their small town. However, when this snow globe is shaken, whatever happens on the inside also happens in the real world and ultimately leads to very bad things. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

22. Party at Tiffany’s. In the first half hour, Tiffany asks the team to work for free during a party at the Pink Pastry. In the second half hour, Tiffany throws a demanding little girl a “Sorority Slumber Party.” 8:00 PM CT OWN

23. Jumping the Broom. A successful corporate lawyer hastily accepts a marriage proposal after a whirlwind courtship, only to find out their from different worlds when her aristocratic parents meet his mother the postal worker. 8:00 PM CT Starz

24. 48 Hours Mystery. In the days before Christmas, two sisters survive a home invasion. 9:00 PM CT CBS

25. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Tia helps an Army veteran with a litter of puppies, and the team tries to catch up with an injured dog. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

26. Appropriate Adult. Based on true events, this film tells the story of British serial killer Fred West and his relationship with his “appropriate adult,” Janet Leach. Stars Emily Watson and Dominic West. 9:00 PM CT Sundance

27. Politically Direct 2012 ANetwork Founder and Former Vice President Al Gore, Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Current TV Anchor Cenk Uygur. 9:00 PM CT Current

28. Saturday Night Live. Katy Perry is guest host, and Robyn performs. 10:30 PM CT NBC

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