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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Early Christmas Programming

We're getting an early start to the holiday season. Thanksgiving was a little early this year with a full week of November still to follow after the holiday. That means extra days for the holiday programming. Not that TV programmers are slowing up at all. ABC Family has a TV version of Home Alone on tonight, Hallmark is continuing its holiday programming, and even the Travel Channel checks in with three specials. Some series seem to be running a little behind as they're still featuring Thanksgiving episodes. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. NFL Football. Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers. 3:00 PM CT CBS

3. Pandora's Unforgettable Holiday Moments on Ice. Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss host, with appearances by Brian Boitano, Elvis Stojko, Joannie Rochette, and Mannheim Steamroller. 3:00 PM CT CBS

4. 60 Minutes. The covered stories include Free the Children, the New York City Ballet, and Dereck and Beverly Joubert. 6:00 PM CT CBS

5. America's Funniest Home Videos. Videos include cranky dogs, practical jokes that don't go right, and dancing animals. Carrie Ann Inaba is a special guest star. 6:00 PM CT ABC

6. The Amazing Race. The teams travel to Amsterdam for a Double U-Turn and an infamous challenge. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. Once Upon a Time. Cora tries to steal the compass away from Emma and Mary Margaret, Regina and Mr. Gold put David's life in danger, hoping he will contact Mary Margaret. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. The Simpsons. Lisa tries to win Home a MyPad to cheer him up, Ned finds a tree in the Simpsons' backyard with the letters of “HOPE” in the bark. 7:00 PM CT Fox

9. Hitched for the Holidays. Joey Lawrence stars as a commitment-phobe Joey, who breaks up with his girlfriend just before Thanksgiving, and now his opinionated Italian family is giving him endless grief about his inability to stay in a relationship. Then his grandmother shares her dying wish: that he find love and happiness, and fast! Inspired, he goes online and locates Julie, another single New Yorker with a meddling Jewish mama who has pressured her to find a guy – any guy. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark Channel

10. Home Alone: The Holiday Heist. An 8-year-old battles thieves while his parents are away. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

11. Christmas Crazier. The ultimate guide to over-the-top Christmas attractions, including insane Christmas lights in a Brooklyn neighborhood, a massive ugly-Christmas-sweater party, and Yosemite's seven-course feast fit for a king. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. NFL Football. Green Bay Packers at New York Giants. 7:15 PM CT NBC

13. Bob's Burgers. Mr. Fiscoeder's purchased mechanical shark that was intended to be a pier attraction begins terrorizing the town, leaving the Belchers to try and save the day. 7:30 PM CT Fox

14. The Good Wife. Diane and Alicia's latest case is hijacked by a famous, liberal lawyer, and Alicia's mom comes for Thanksgiving and legal support. 8:00 PM CT CBS

15. Revenge. Victoria is visited by her estranged mother in 2006, Emily meets Aiden in her initial mission under Takeda's training, and Carl Porter messes with the wrong people. 8:00 PM CT CBS

16. Family Guy. Peter tries to hang with Louis going through a midlife crisis, and Stewie brings home a turtle he found at the park. 8:00 PM CT Fox

17. Oprah's Next Chapter. Justin Bieber is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

18. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim’s emotions get the best of her when she is forced to move out of her dream home, and curses out the entire moving staff for packing up her basement in a random order. Later on, Cynthia accuses Phaedra that she lied about her son’s over-the-top birthday party. When Phaedra nervously denies the claim, Cynthia tells her she has the whole convo recorded when she was butt dialed! 8:00 PM CT Bravo

19. Sister Wives. Kody and all the wives attend the parent/teacher conferences, Logan graduates from college, and Kody wants an answer from Meri about having another baby. 8:00 PM CT TLC

20. Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence. The team goes to southwestern Virginia to check out “The Beast of Gum Hill.” 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

21. Christmas Rush. Go behind the scenes as holiday businesses shift into high gear: FedEx moves over a quarter billion packages, a gigantic grocery store stocks up for 100,000 visitors a week, and a company brings White Christmases to southern California. 8:00 PM Travel Channel

22. Snapped. A biochemist creates an obsession with a coworker. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

23. The Walking Dead. The governor looks for information, and a new prison guest forces Rick's hand. 8:00 PM CT AMC

24. Boardwalk Empire. Gyp makes a move in Atlantic City, Nucky and Eddie look for refuge with Chalky, Gillian thinks about a business future with an unwelcome partner, Luciano makes a deal, and Harrows loses privileges. 8:00 PM CT HBO

25. Dexter. Dexter gets an advantage thanks to an internal struggle within the Koshka brotherhood, and Miami Metro looks for an arsonist. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

26. The Cleveland Show. Cleveland and Junior intend to kill Thanksgiving dinner at a turkey farm, but instead try to free all the birds, and Rallo and Donna build a parade float. 8:30 PM CT CBS

27. The Mentalist. The team looks into the the death of real estate agent who had gang ties, and Jane looks for leads on a new connection to Red John. 9:00 PM CT CBS

28. 666 Park Avenue. Jane vanishes, and Henry worries about her sanity and safety, and Kandinsky tortures Shaw who has some shocking information. 9:00 PM CT ABC

29. Ice Loves Coco. Ice puts his trust in Marc Live with a music project, and Coco looks to get Spartacus neutered. 9:00 PM CT E!

30. Married to the Army: Alaska. Blair tries to get back together with her husband, Yolanda's son is back from West Point, and Traci and Sara prepare for the worst. 9:00 PM CT OWN

31. Extreme Cougar Wives. A 76-year-old who has been dating younger men for more than twenty years, a 65-year-old who has sworn to only date younger men after the death of her husband, and a 53-year-old who fell in love with her daughter's junior-high boyfriend. 9:00 PM CT TLC

32. Finding Bigfoot. The team checks out evidence of possible Bigfoot DNA, then goes searching the waterways of Oklahoma City. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

33. Instant Christmas. Hassle-free holiday getaways take the stress out of the season, from a Yuletide spa splurge in California, to down-home comfort at Dollywood, to the ultimate ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

34. Treme. Davis says goodbye to the musician lifestyle, Tim Feeny gives away his intentions, Delmond parts ways, and Toni sees hope. 9:00 PM CT HBO

35. Homeland. Season finale. Brody makes a needed phone call, Saul teams up with Virgil and Max to cull info on one of their own, and Carrie gets ready for the most important meeting of her career.

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