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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Holiday Christmas Parade

Just in case Hallmark’s once- and twice-weekly original holiday movies haven’t been enough, tonight they roll out the Holiday Christmas Parade. Marie Osmond hosts, but the best part of all is that it benefits the Marine Toys for Tots. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. Live with Kelly. Taye Diggs guest cohosts, and David Hyde Pierce, Chris Byrne, and Ernie and Cindy, the winners of The Amazing Race, are today’s guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Talk. Kim Cattrall and Dylan Walsh are the guests today. 10:00 AM CT CBS

3. Cast Away. Much has been said about this movie, such as Tom Hanks losing it and talking to a ball, but it’s more than that. It’s a good study in what happens to us when we’re deprived of companionship and the everyday things we’re accustomed to. 2:00 PM CT FX

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today include Allison Janney and Maggie Elizabeth. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. The Brady Bunch Movie. The Bradys will always be iconic to us. Okay, maybe that should read iconic to me. This movie made it fun to reminisce, yet also have a few laughs at their expense. 3:25 PM CT HBO Comedy

6. The Hollywood Christmas Parade. This year’s Grand Marshal is Marie Osmond, who will be joined by Lea Thompson, Vivica A. Fox, Ted McGinley, Louis Gossett, Jr., La Toya Jackson, Rin Tin Tin, Natalie Hall, Greg Vaughan, Ron Artest (MetaWorldPeace), Richard Marx, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and more. The parade benefits Marine Toys for Tots. 5:00 PM CT Hallmark

7. 2 Broke Girls. In order to get money for Max’s broken oven, Caroline attempts to return jewelry to Barney’s, only to find out her name doesn’t mean the same thing there that it used to. 7:00 PM CT CBS

8. Fear Factor. Season premiere. After six years, Joe Rogan is back, and they are promising bigger stunts than ever. Just make sure you eat dinner first, or at least in between the two episodes. 7:00 PM CT NBC

9. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. ReRun, Linus and Lucy’s little brother, chooses to spend the holiday family time with Snoopy and brother Spike, instead of his own family. It’s not exactly a Christmas classic, but Snoopy is always okay in my book. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. Terra Nova. Lucas hurries to finish putting together his mystery device, Taylor and Jim confront the mole, and Skye comes across a familiar face. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. Rolling with Zach. In the first half hour, Zach heads to L.A. and tries to be a Price Is Right contestant, dances like a pop star, and surfs. In the second half hour, he’s Chicago-bound with a trip to Navy Pier, Taste of Greece, and water skiing on Lake Michigan. 7:00 PM CT OWN

13. The Mortified Sessions. Featured guests tonight are Jennifer Grey and Will Forte. Find out more on the show’s Facebook page. 7:00 PM CT Sundance

13. NFL Football. St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

14. Two and a Half Men. Walden’s mom visits, as Alan develops a crush on her, and secret’s come out about Walden’s past. 8:00 PM CT CBS

15. You Deserve It. A deputy sheriff plays the game to win cash for his recently-widowed mom. 8:00 PM CT ABC

16. The Closer. While under FBI surveillance, a man is murdered, but Brenda can’t keep her min on the case thanks the surprising news delivered by her visiting parents. 8:00 PM CT TNT

17. Extreme Clutter. A mom and daughter tries to organize a house in time for the new residents to move in. 8:00 PM CT Discovery

18. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Pandora ha a Las Vegas bachelorette party. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

19. Vanguard: The 99 Percent Christof Putzel explores the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is a manifestation of the frustration over the inequality between the wealthiest 1% of Americans and the rest of the nation. By moving into Zuccotti Park in New York City, Putzel gives viewers an inside- and very different look at the movement compared to other media. 8:00 PM CT Current

20. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The contestants are tasked with creating wedding cakes inspired by Brides Magazine trends. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

21. The Layover. Tony travels to Miami, one of his favorite American cities. We feel like we’re along for the ride with him in his red corvette that he loves, ‘in a one night stand kind of way’. This episode is full of hilarity, as Tony takes in South Beach Art Deco architecture and then spots some bikini clad rollerblading while cruising in his convertible (Miami Vice style); but it’s also poignant and enticing as it reveals what the less touristy, local Cuban and Caribbean neighborhoods have to offer; that make up a large part of this sprawling melting pot of a city. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

22. Mike & Molly. Molly gets disappointed about something work-related, and it dampens her holiday spirit. 8:00 PM CT CBS

23. Enlightened. Levi is convinced by Amy to seek treatment, Amy makes a presentation at work, and also seeks Tyler’s help. 8:30 PM CT HBO

24. Hawaii Five-0. On the eve of Chin Ho’s wedding, the team investigates why a man was left to die in an abandoned bunker and why it intersects with Capt. Fryer’s case. 9:00 PM CT CBS

25. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Schedule tonight is Ted Koppel discussing the military’s withdrawal from Iraq, and Chelsea Clinton talks to the TOPPS founder who devotes her live to helping needy children in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 9:00 PM CT NBC

26. Rizzoli & Isles. One of Jane’s former classmates if found dead at the high school reunion, Korsak’s ex visits, and Jane’s old flame returns as well. 9:00 PM CT TNT

27. Scouted. Nicole’s modeling career is put in jeopardy, and Amber gets scouted at the mall. 9:00 PM CT E!

28. Lizard Lick. Tensions at The Lick are high in response to Bobby’s surprise return when Ron is forced to go on a few jobs with his former best friend. First, they head out to repossess a big tractor from a group of enraged farmers, and later they go after a car in the protection of a fight promoter and his agitated bodyguard. 9:00 PM CT truTV

29. Chef Roblé & Co.. Tempers explode when a dessert heavy fashion party forces Chef Roblé to hand over more responsibility to Kiku and Jasmine. When one of them fails and storms out of the event, a graduation party cook-out for actress Vanessa Williams serves as a chance for redemption. If only the weather would cooperate. 9:00 PM CT truTV

30. The Joy Behar Show.. Margaret Cho is the guest tonight. 9:00 PM CT HLN

31. Candy Queen. Jackie is challenged to build a replica ’64 Cadillac for newlyweds, and the team makes plans for a special family celebration. 9:00 PM CT TLC

32. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. This year, on Christmas, Tony finds himself sequestered in a surreal version of the Ace Hotel in his hometown of NYC- alone and bereft; he wonders how he ended up here. The episode’s style and visual cues are a mix of Barton Fink and “A Christmas Story,” with a little David Lynch thrown in. 9:00 PM CT TLC

33. Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. The girls show off their rapping skills for Too Short, and Judi works her voodoo on one of the guys in Sydney’s stable. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

34. How Do I Look? A woman needs to lose her all-black look to walk down the aisle in style at her wedding. 9:00 PM CT Style

35. Clean House New York. Larry Fisher and his girlfriend, Rachel, have been dating for eight months. They decided to take the next step by living with each other. The major problem is that Larry has so much clutter that there is no room for Rachel. Due to the recession, Larry closed the doors to his Brooklyn “junk” store called Vortex. He moved most of the merchandise from a 2,500 sq. storefront into his apartment and a small nearby garage. 10:00 PM CT Style

36. Conan. Rob Lowe, Adam Pally, and Noel Gallagher are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

37. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Scarlett Johansson and Julie Chen, and this year’s Heisman Trophy winner presents the Top Ten list. 10:35 PM CT CBS

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