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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Get Mortified and Travel Back to the ’80s

Just one day after Christmas, much of the programming tonight is repeats. However, Sundance Channel is exciting a really unique look at celebrity interviews, The Mortified Sessions. They used the childhood artifacts to get another side of these celebrities that we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Tonight they travel back to the ’80s to examine the childhood artifacts of Lea Thompson and Anthony Michael Hall. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. Rachael Ray. Rachael and guests Sabrina Soto, David Tutera, and Ted Allen provide party-planning advice for New Year’s Eve. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. College Football. AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Missouri vs. North Carolina. 4:00 PM CT ESPN2

3. Beetlejuice. Michael Keaton at his quirky comedy best, trying to rid the ghosts of Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin from their old house. If you’re looking for fun, quirky comedy with a fun singalong, this is it. 5:00 PM CT Logo

4. Jungle Book. This is definitely a Disney classic. A young child is orphaned and grows up with the animals in the jungle being his surrogate family. But it’s the music that completely makes this film. 5:00 PM CT Turner Classic Movies

5. Who’s Still Standing. A paralegal faces off against ten strangers in a battle of trivia. 7:00 PM CT NBC

6. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. Our favorite shiny-nosed reindeer embarks on a quest to find Santa. At least he knows what he’s doing New Year’s Eve. 7:00 PM CT ABC

7. Rolling with Zach. In the first half hour, Zach heads to the Las Vegas strip to gamble with a high roller and meet Jubilee showgirls. In the second half hour, he’s San Portland-bound and rocking climbing in Mount Hood National Forest. 7:00 PM CT OWN

8. The Mortified Sessions. Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles) dig through their mystery box of personal history and travel back in time to the era of leg warmers, preppies, and The Brat Pack. Host Dave Nadelberg unearths their childhood keepsakes as Thompson talks about growing up with a family of performers, while Hall reveals whether his own teenage years were as geeky as his iconic characters. Find out more on the show’s Facebook page. 7:00 PM CT Sundance

9. NFL Football. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

10. You Deserve It. 7:00 PM CT ABC

11. The Closer. Turell Baylor’s death becomes linked to a murder, Brenda looks for help from a businessman with past ties to the neighborhood, and her lawyer and the one for the Baylor’s family battle it out in court. 8:00 PM CT TNT

12. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The contestants creat engineered cakes that need to spin, smoke, move, and spark. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

13. The Layover. Tony travels to the city of Montreal. Although frozen for much of the year, this city lets loose during the few months of warm weather. Good chef friends like Martin Picard and Dave McMillian expose Tony to the wild, exciting and proud culture of Montreal. Along the way Tony sees firsthand how intrinsic the local environment is to Montrealer’s food and fun. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

14. Rock Center with Brian Williams. A fund that helps creative dreams come true, the artistic director and founder of Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, awkward family photos, Regis Philbin, and the founder of Mannheim Steamroller. 9:00 PM CT NBC

15. Rizzoli & Isles. While Jane and Maura investigated a fire at a warehouse, Gabriel Dean tries to rekindle his romance with Jane. 9:00 PM CT TNT

16. Scouted. A girl who lacks self-confidence, and another with unique features who hesitates to leave her family behind. 9:00 PM CT E!

17. Candy Queen. Jackie bakes a groom’s cake with a fireman theme and one featuring a Hawaiian surfer paradise for a boy’s mar mitzvah. 9:00 PM CT TLC

18. Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. Sydney and Kori gang up on Judi, Sydney’s obsession with John affects her game, and the girls play dirty. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

19. How Do I Look? A grandmother dresses in outfits that are unbecoming to avoid looking her age. 9:00 PM CT Style

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