Category Archives: What’s Hot on TV

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Bowl Games and NBA Basketball

It’s yet another night this week with no new programming on network TV, with the night being carried by sports, reruns, and cable. If you don’t like sports, you might want to catch up on that laundry to find something to wear out New Year’s Eve. Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. The Heartbreak Kid. Ben Stiller is pretty funny in this movie that is very “Something About Mary-sh,” but the really surprisingly funny one is Jerry Stiller and how vulgar he can be to outwit his son. 9:30 AM CT Comedy Central

2. Catch and Release. What do you do when your fiance dies just before your wedding, and before you get to canonize him you find he was leading a whole separate life away from you? 10:30 AM CT Oxygen

3. Goodfellas. It’s my most favorite mob movie ever, and the soundtrack is among the best as well. Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Robert DeNiro are fantastic actors on their own, and together they just make you sit back and say wow. It’s like they took the life of a typical “serial” mobster, cut it open, examined it, and showed it for what it was. Brilliant. 12:54 PM CT Spike

4. Sixteen Candles. Of all the 80s movies out there, this one is pretty close to my favorite, evidenced by the amount of quotes that have slipped into my pop culture references, some of it no longer politically correct. 1:30 PM CT 5StarMax

5. College Football. Champs Sports Bowl from Orlando, FL. Florida State vs. Notre Dame. 4:30 PM CT ESPN

6. College Basketball. Florida at Rutgers. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

7. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder. 7:00 PM CT TNT

8. Travel Channel Uncut: More Bloopers and Wrong Turns. Another night of bloopers. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

9. World’s Dumbest … 8:00 PM CT truTV

10. The First 48. It takes a lot longer than the first forty-eight hours to solve this murder. Homicide detectives are still working on it after six years. 8:00 PM CT A&E

11. NY Ink. Featuring Wooster Social Club, a NYC tattoo shop. Ami tries to balance work and family. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. Braxton Family Values. As Toni recovers, she slips into diva mode at Towanda and Trina’s expense. Towanda sets Evelyn up on a disastrous blind date with a younger man. Meanwhile, Tamar convinces Traci to do an internship at a glam Beverly Hills salon, but the owner wants Traci to work on her glam-ing herself up first. 8:00 PM CT WE

13. Building of the HGTV Dream Home. Ever wonder what goes into building the beautiful HGTV Dream Home? In this one-hour special, viewers step behind the curtain to see all of the construction, planning and furnishing processes for this year’s HGTV Dream Home located just outside of Park City, Utah. Hosted by Anitra Mecadon, it’s sure to be an enlightening and insightful look at the six-month process that ultimately leads up to this country’s largest sweepstakes! 8:00 PM CT DIY

14. College Football. Valero Alamo Bowl: Baylor vs. Washington. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

15. College Basketball. Vanderbilt at Marquette. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

16. Impractical Jokers. 9:00 PM CT truTV

17. Beyond Scared Straight. Virginia siblings get a chance to experience life behind bars. 9:00 PM CT A&E

18. Hook, Line and Sisters. The family participates in the herring opener and hope to end the season ahead. 9:00 PM CT TLC

19. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

10. College Basketball. BYU at St. Mary’s. 10:00 PM CT ESPN2

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Holiday Hump Day

There is absolutely nothing on tonight that is original programming on any of the major networks. No holiday specials, no movies, no reality tv, nothing. Everything tonight that is new is either sports or on cable. There are a couple of bowl games, some college basketball, and new episodes of The Soup, Hot in Cleveland, and Toddlers & Tiaras, among other cable offerings. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. College Football. Military Bowl from Washington, DC. Air Force vs. Toledo. 3:30 PM CT ESPN

2. Little Giants. This is kind of like the football version of The Bad News Bears. It stars Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill as brothers coaching competing youth  football teams. 2:50 PM CT Encore

3. Free Willy. A young orphan finds a lot in common with a whale who has been separated from the rest of his family. 4:00 PM CT HUB

 

4. Julie & Julia. Meryl Streep does an amazing job of playing Julia Child in this movie of a blogger (Amy Adams) who sets about making her way completely through Child’s cookbook. At the same time, the movie shows the parallels between the two women’s lives. 4:00 PM CT Lifetime

5. College Basketball. Georgetown at Louisville. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. Travel Channel Uncut: Viewer’s Bloopers. Vacation bloopers. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

7. College Football. Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, California vs. Texas. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. Extreme Cheapskates. Think you know the cheapest person around? Compare him or her to these penny-pinching people. 8:00 PM CT TLC

9. College Basketball. Baylor vs. Mississippi State. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

10. The Soup. The top 20 clips of 2011 9:00 PM CT E!

11. Hot in Cleveland. The ladies host a dinner party, Joy dates a man on unknown age, Victoria dates a hand model, Melanie date a Winnie-the-Pooh lookalike, and Roy’s mom doesn’t care for Elka. 9:00 PM CT TVLand

12. Toddlers & Tiaras. Three girls from Perfection Studios compete against each other. 9:00 PM CT TLC

13. True Life. “The Theriot Family: The Riot in the Bayou 2.” 9:00 PM CT MTV

14. The Exes. Stuart’s work like is disrupted when Phil beds his dental assistant, and Holly lets Eden borrow some outfits. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

18. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Thomas Haden Church, Ernie Brown Jr., and Johnny Mathis. 10:35 PM CT CBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Basketball and More Basketball

Perhaps those guys in the NBA knew what they were doing all along. Instead of starting their season a few months back and competing with everyone’s favorite shows, they’re starting it all this week when everything is a rerun. Tonight they only have to battle with one thing on network TV, and that’s the Kennedy Center Honors. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. Casablanca. One of the great classics starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. 11:15 AM CT Turner Classic Movies

2. National Lampoon’s European Vacation. We don’t seem to see enough of the first Vacation sequel. The Griswolds go to Europe, thanks to their Pig in the Poke game show win. 11:15 AM CT @Max

3. College Football. Little Caesars Bowl from Detroit. Purdue vs. Western Michigan . 3:30 PM CT ESPN

4. Air Bud. It’s the movie that started this sport-playing dog franchise. In this one, while dealing with his father’s death, a boy friends that the stray he took in can play basketball. 4:00 PM CT HUB

5. College Basketball. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. Country Strong. Gwyneth Paltrow puts her singing ability to the test again starring as a country music star who leaves rehab early to attempt a comeback. 6:00 PM CT Starz Edge

7. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT TNT

8. Texas Multi Mamas. Series Premiere with back-to-back episodes, follows a group of young moms who planned to have one baby but came home with two, three or four. Having bonded in a support group for parents of multiples, Candace, Casey, Suz, Tonia, Teryn, and Stephanie help each other strike a balance between managing their large broods and having some big girl fun for themselves. But like any group of women, sometimes their help turns to meddling and their kids’ fights in the sandbox become the least of their worries. When one faces a crisis in her marriage, will the group splinter or be able to survive? 7:00 PM CT WE

9. College Football. Belk Bowl, Louisville vs. North Carolina State . 7:00 PM CT ESPN

10. The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Caroline Kennedy hosts and honors Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Meryl Streep. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. What Would You Do? Situations include stealing gas, putting up with unwanted advances, attacks on the homeless, and an abusive babysitter. 8:00 PM CT OWN

12. What Not to Wear. An Army vet who prefers to spend money on her children, husband, and charity. 8:00 PM CT TLC

13. America’s Supernanny. As parents try to take care of their growing business, the kids run wild. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

14. College Basketball. Wisconsin at Nebraska. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

15. Hidden City. Marcus travels to Atlanta, a place that has known both hardship and triumph, that was burned to the ground in 1864 and yet little more than a century later hosted the world for the 1996 Olympics. Follow Marcus as he discovers The Great Locomotive Chase, a unique crime that was the most foundational event in the city’s history; Bear Market, a heinous crime committed by a day trader during the late 90’s when Atlanta was the Silicon Valley of the South; and The Cartel Kidnapping, the story of Oscar Reynoso – a drug dealer with a $300,000 debt who was lured to a suburban home for retribution. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. One Born Every Minute. Childhood sweethearts on their journey to become parents, a surprised first-time mother, and a difficult delivery. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Tori and Dean help make high school sweethearts’ dream of a Marie Antoinette-style wedding a reality. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

18. Teen Mom 2. Ali gets her MRI results, Jenelle and her mom try to find peace, Kailyn tries a different form of birth control, and Chelsea strikes out on her own. 9:00 PM CT MTV

19. NBA Basketball. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

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

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Merry Christmas to All!

Today is all about one thing up and down the dial. Sports. Okay, there is also a decen amount of Christmas Orogrammin, but it’s also opening day for the NBA. Albeit a little late, and there’s sim college ball in as well, and a Sunday night football game. So sit back. Enjoy the evening, whether you’re celebrating the holiday or not, and hopefully you’re with your lived ones.. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. A Christmas Story. The yearly marathon of twelve continuous showings. My sister and brother-in-law will probably have their leg lamp on in tribute. TBS

2. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks. 1:30 PM CT ABC

3. NFL Holiday Spectacular. A look back through the most memorable holiday events throughout the years in the NFL. 2:00 PM CT CBS

4. Third and Long. A look at African-Americans in professional football. 3:00 PM CT CBS

5. Golf: ADT Skills Challenge. Nike Open, Part 2 from Breckenridge, CO. 2:00 PM CT NBC

6. NBA Basketball. Chicago Bulls at L.A. Lakers. 4:00 PM CT ABC

7. 60 Minutes.The libraries of the Vatican and monasteries in Mt Athos, Greece. 6:00 PM CT CBS

8. College Basketball. Diamondhead Classic from Honolulu. 6:30 PM CT ESPN2

9. The Amandas. Amanda LeBlanc and her team of organizers reorder a Birmingham home. 7:00 PM CT Style

10. NBA Basketball. Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

11. NFL Football. Chicago Bears at Green Back Packersv. 7:15 PM CT NBC

12 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s the live version of the story with Jim Carrey, which is no doubt really good, it doesn’t quite have the same magic as the original cartoon. 7:30 PM CT ABC

13. Leverage. While searching for the missing wife of a philanthropist, the team discovers a ring of grifters. 8:00 PM CT TNT

14. Snapped. Featured tonight is a woman who’s hot her police officer husband with his weapon, and stole from her church to cover a debt. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

15. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Christmas Eve with the Classics

Along with Christmas Eve comes the classics, those movies that used to be a treat to see just once a year, and even though we can now see them anytime we want thanks to cable, on-demand, and DVDs, they’re somehow still just as much of a treat. The Sound of Music is on, as well as another showing of It’s a Wonderful Life. Die Hard is on as well, and while it’s not the same type of classic as the other two, it’s still a classic Christmas Eve movie through and through. 

1. NFL Football. New York Giants at New York Jets. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. 2012 Monster Jam Preview Show. Both a look back at the events in 2011, and a look ahead at the upcoming season, as well as a sneak peak at the Grave Digger 30th anniversary tour. 2:00 PM CT CBS

3. PGA Tour Year in Review. 2:00 PM CT NBC

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary. A good movie and even better book. Renee Zellweger stars as a British woman writing a diary about her search for Mr. Right, and being honest about her bad habits such as smoking, drinking, eand eating. 2:30 PM CT WE

5. NFL Football. San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions. 3:00 PM CT CBS

6. Golf: ADT Skills Challenge. Day 1 from The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. 3:00 PM CT NBC

7. NFL Football. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys. 3:00 PM CT Fox

8. The Back-up Plan. Jennifer Lopez stars as a woman who decides her ticking clock isn’t going to wait, so gets impregnated thanks to a sperm bank. On that same day she meets Mr. Right, then doesn’t know how to tell him she’s already pregnant. 5:45 PM CT Showtime

9. The Sound of Music. What’s on your list of favorite things? 6:00 PM CT ABC

10. It’s a Wonderful Life. This is probably the one Christmas movie that has been spoofed and redone so many times it’s second only to A Christmas Carol. 7:00 PM CT NBC

11. Christmas Crazy. Christmas celebrating to the extremes, from the world’s largest Christmas tree to a Santa Surf contest, they went coast to coast to find the most decked-out-for-the-holidays homes, stores and everything in between. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. College Football. In Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Nevada vs. Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM CT ESPN

13. Toy Story 3. Andy is all grown up and headed off to college, leaving his toys to wonder what’s next for them. My son left for college this fall; I feel Woody and Buzz’s pain. 8:10 PM CT Starz

14. 48 Hours Mystery. The police try to get the release of a teenager who was once a murder suspect. 8:00 PM CT CBS

15. Die Hard. It’s the first, and in my opinion, the best of this Bruce Willis action series. “Yippy-ki-yai, Moth …” 8:00 PM CT G4

16. Christmas in Chelsea Square. From the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in New York, scripture readings and musical performances. 10:35 PM CT CBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve

Not only is it Friday, but also the night before Christmas Eve. That means there isn’t much of anything as far as new programming. There’s a new Chuck episode, and new stuff on cable, such as the Sundance Channel, Syfy, HBO, and Encore. Just enough to watch while you get the rest of the holiday wrapping done. Catch up on your other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. The Martha Stewart Show. Martha announces the winner of “Martha’s Merry Gifts” sweepstakes. One lucky viewer will be surprised to learn they’ve won the entire sleigh full of some of Martha’s favorite gifts for the Holidays! Please let me know if you’d like to include photos/recipes/clips pegged to the episodes listed above. 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT Hallmark

2. The View. The guests today include Mery Streep, Mario Cantone, and Joey McIntyre. 10:00 AM CT ABC

3. A League of Their Own.Now that baseball season is in full swing, we can watch a non-traditional baseball movie, the one that shined some light on the first women’s professional baseball league. Just remember the golden rule, “There’s no crying in baseball.”  1:00 PM CT AMC

4. Mr. Mom. I love Michael Keaton in this. I’m not sure whatever happened to him, but I would love for him to make a return to movies. Watching him was like having a woobie. 4:00 (or 4:01, whatever it takes) AM CT HBO Family

5. College Basketball. Western Kentucky at Louisville. 6:00 PM ESPN2

6. Chuck. Chuck and Sarah figure out who’s trying to destroy Carmichael Industries, Ellie’s Christmas plans fall apart, and a computer virus takes down the computers at Buy More forcing Morgan and the crew to battle with the customers. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. Shrek the Halls. Shrek, Fiona, and the kids celebrate the holidays as a family, but it turns chaotic with visits from Donkey, Gingerbread Man, Puss n Boots and the others. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. Phineas and Ferb. Phineas and Ferb’s efforts to spread holiday cheer don’t go as planned. 7:30 PM CT ABC9. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. Lanny and Wayne try to recover classified North Pole technology that is being held by someone on the naughty list. 8:00 PM CT ABC

10. Say Yes to the Dress. 8:00 PM CT TLC

11. America’s Most Wanted. In the first half hour, a former pageant queen can’t get a previous dress-shopping experience out of her mind, Leah wants to avoid a “boob mirage” in her dress, and a former stuntwoman shops as well. In the second half hour, a plus-size model is determined to not leave the store empty-handed, and Jennifer thinks her $11,000 dress needs a major overhaul. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

12. College Basketball. Baylor vs. West Virginia. 8:00 PM ESPN

13. Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. Tenisha, frustrated with her nonexistent dating life, turns to her buff GBF, Jared to help her shed pounds and shape up. The plot thickens when Olivia approaches her to be the subject of a weight loss promotion for her healthy restaurant franchise – 30 pounds in 30 days. Tenisha is tempted but worries that she’ll do all the work while Olivia pockets all the profit. To premiere her first album in five years, Sherrie heads to a New York performance with Shane. But, distracted by a huge fight with his boyfriend, Shane can’t seem to focus at their rehearsal. If he can’t resolve their conflict, Shane’s longtime relationship – and the show – may be bust. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

14. The Life & Times of Tim. The Boss gets a city block named after him, leading Tim to help out with the celebration planning, and Stu thinks his nephew is beginning to change his tune after his Bar Mitzvah. 8:00 PM CT HBO

15. The Take. Conclusion. It’s 1995, and at the hospital Maggie’s father tells Freddie and Jimmy that when he’d found the body of Little Jimmy, the plastic had been tied around his face, and his death was not an accident. 8:00 PM CT Encore

16. Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special.Po has to host an event at Jade Palace on his favorite holiday, Winter Feast, a time he usually spends with his dad. He’s turn between family traditions and what he loves to do. Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross add voices to the same roles from the original film. 8:30 PM CT ABC

17. All On the Line with Joe Zee. When designer Cesar Galindo lost his partner of six-years, Seth, to colon cancer, their joint fashion line came to an end. Without Seth’s incredible sense of style and business savvy, Cesar was afraid he couldn’t keep it together on his own. Now, over two years since Seth’s passing, Cesar picked up the pieces and rediscovered his passion for fashion with his new line, Czar. Working tirelessly Cesar has successfully created a line that has dressed the likes of Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige and Sarah Jessica Parker. After refining his vision, Cesar needs Joe’s help to launch this ‘take-two’ line that will be present to Cusp by Nieman Marcus. 8:30 PM CT Sundance

18. Sanctuary. Part 1 of the Season Finale. Magnus meets with the captain, whom for the most part has left Magnus and team alone from activities throughout the Sanctuary. Though as she’s escorted through the hangar, she suggests to the captain that things might have to change. As the group walks around the corner, they’re carefully approached by a group of abnormals and the officers quickly draw their weapons. Magnus and a representative confirm that they’re friends of the Sanctuary and that they only wish to speak to the Captain face to face. The officers are ordered to stand down and the Captain is asked for their support for the success of the mission. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

19. Top 10 Weddings of 2011. The top 10 weddings of the year, along with the top nuptial trends. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Terry Bradshaw, Bailee Madison, and Chris Isaak. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – X-Factor Winner Crowned

Who’s it going to be tonight? Who’s going to be the winner of the inaugural seasons of The X-Factor in this country? They each did exceedingly well last night, so it seems it will be determined by popularity, which if you’re looking for someone with the X factor, has to be the right way to go. Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. The View. The guests today are RalpFinennes and Ivanka Trump. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. A young boy accidentally finds himself in the middle of a war between a sorcerer and his adversary, and later as a young adult chances upon him again and begins training to be his protégé. Nicolas Cage stars 12:20 PM CT Starz

3. Spaceballs. This is a great Mel Brooks classic, parodying Star Wars among many others. Brooks stars in the movie as well, along with John Candy and Rick Moranis. 1:30 PM CT ActionMax

4. Who’s Still Standing. A video game reviewer takes on ten strangers in this video game. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. Disney Prep & Landing. A veteran elf gets paired up with a rookie, instead of being promoted. They then have a violent snowstorm for their Christmas Eve mission, making it much more challenging. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. X-Factor. The inaugural winner is crowned. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. College Football. Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, Boise State vs. Arizona State. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. NFL Football. Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts. 7:00 PM CT NFL

9. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. Lanny and Wayne try to recover classified North Pole technology that is being held by someone on the naughty list. 7:30 PM CT ABC

10. 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

11. The First 48. “Update Special: Hale Storm.” 8:00 PM CT A&E

12. World’s Dumbest … 8:00 PM CT truTV

13. Braxton Family Values. When Toni discovers she needs surgery, everyone puts aside their differences to be by her side, including estranged Papa Braxton. Andre, excited by his first book signing, has to once again take a back seat to Toni. Meanwhile, a never-satisfied Tamar wants to re-work producer Harvey’s song lyrics. But when she asks Vince for help, he immediately shuts her down. 8:00 PM CT WE

14. Prime Suspect. Jane and Evrard investigate a fatal game of mahjong in Chinatown, and Reg has a secret to tell Matt about Jane. 9:00 PM CT NBC

15. The League. In the first half hour, Kevin and Jenny make a big playoff bet, Ruxin becomes involved further with Taco Corp., and Pete wants to send Ruxin to the Sacko. In the second half hour, the race is on for the Shiva and the Sacko, Taco and Matt Forte team up, and one of the guys isn’t able to manage his team for the game. 9:00 PM CT FX

16. Beyond Scared Straight. A teenage gang member gets into a physical confrontation after causing trouble while locked up. 9:00 PM CT A&E

17. Impractical Jokers. 9:00 PM CT truTV

18. Project Accessory. The designers showcase their designs in front of the fashion elite of New York before a winner is chosen. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

19. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Il Volo. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – X-Factor Finals

Last week didn’t seem nearly as dramatic on The X-Factor, and that was a good thing. Somehow I don’t think even the finale this week will be as dramatic as watching that young girl go home. The final three perform for the last time tonight for our votes. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links

1. The View. The guest list is getting thin this close to Christmas. Today they are featuring international animals. 1:00 PM CT CBS

2. Christmas With the Kranks. Sometimes Tim Allen’s and Jamie Lee Curtis’ idea of skipping Christmas in lieu of going on vacation sounds really, really good. 12:00 PM CT FX

3. Nights in Rodanthe. It’s the second movie for Richard Gere and Diane Lane together, as she stars as a woman taking care of a friend’s inn while debating where to go in her marriage and meets him, a doctor struggling with something on his mind as well. 3:00 PM CT Lifetime Movie Network

4. A Home for the Holidays with Martina McBride. Inspirational stories of adoption, and musical performances by Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, GAvin DeGraw, OneRepublic, and Christina Perri. 7:00 PM CT CBS

5. Who’s Still Standing? A bartender competes against ten strangers. 7:00 PM CT NBC

6. X-Factor. The final three perform for our votes for the last time. 7:00 PM CT ABC

7. Don’t Tell the Bride. In the first hour, a music has difficulties during wedding planning. In the second hour, a man tries to plan a wedding to make his demanding bride happy. In the third hour, A Boston sports fan wants a themed wedding to reflect that. 7:00 PM CT OWN

8. College Football. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. TCU vs. Louisiana Tech. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

9. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. The winner is chosen after the artists present their collections at Phillips de Pury. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

10. I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Annie is surprised upon meeting the guy Sophie is dating, and Jack and Mackenzie exchange school report help for a makeover. 8:30 PM CT Fox

11. American Horror Story. Constance comes up with a scheme to raise Tate’s baby as if it were her own. 9:00 PM CT FX

12. The Soup. Kim Richards plans out her Christmas to-do list on The Soup’s Holiday Survival Guide. comes up with a scheme to raise Tate’s baby as if it were her own. 9:00 PM CT E!

13. Hot in Cleveland. Melanie, Joy, and Victoria give makeovers to their neighbors, as Elka tries to keep up with a younger man. 9:00 PM CT TVLand

14. Top Chef: Texas. The contestants are directed by viewers’ tweets, and pay homage to their teachers by making a tribute dish in their honor. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Toddlers & Tiaras. SamiJo, Alexes, and Annabella go for it with their American Wear. 9:00 PM CT TLC

16. The Real World. The roommates gather for a reunion. 9:00 PM CT MTV

17. The Exes. Haskell’s online girlfriends surprises him with a visit, causing him to panic, and Holly finds a homeless man in the laundry room.. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

18. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Thomas Haden Church, Ernie Brown Jr., and Johnny Mathis. 10:35 PM CT CBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – A Very Gilly Christmas

Yeah, it’s just a show of old clips, but it’s ones we enjoy and isn’t so much just a rehashing of old material. Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas includes all our favorite holiday sketches. It would be impossible to see Alec Baldwin’s Schweddy Balls on Delicious Dish too many times. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. Live! With Kelly. Mark Consuelos is guest cohost, and his and Kelly’s son Joaquin finds out what’s on kids’ Christmas lists this year. Scarlett Johansson and the Radio City Rockettes guest as well. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The View. The guests today are Fred Armisen and Jamie Bell. 10:00 AM CT ABC

3. Marley & Me. I don’t know what I liked best about this story, the writer’s search for the right outlet for his voice, or the adorable dog. 12:00 PM CT FX

4. Journey to the Center of the Earth. Brendan Fraser brings this classic story to a more modern edge. 4:00 PM CT Syfy

5. Who’s Still Standing. A cosmetics account manager takes on ten strangers. 7:00 PM CT NBC

6. College Football. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl. Marshall vs. FIU . 7:00 PM CT ESPN

7. Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas. It’s back to the archives for holiday-themed skits, including guest appearances by Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, and new sketches with Kristen Wiig. 8:00 PM CT NBC

8. What Would You Do? Situations include stealing gas, putting up with unwanted advances, attacks on the homeless, and an abusive babysitter. 8:00 PM CT OWN

9. Mysteries at the Museum. Don looks at a flying car, a circular saw once used in a prison riot, and a fire that destroyed the amusement park at Coney Island. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

10. America’s Supernanny. Deborah Tillman helps a family with ten kids who are expecting two more. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

11. Kathy Griffin Comedy Special. “Tired Hooker.” 9:00 PM CT Bravo

12. Hidden City. Marcus travels to Los Angeles, the city of dreams. He delves deep into three stories from L.A.’s checkered past: The Wonderland Murders, pornstar John Holmes and friends robbed a nightclub owner to support their drug addiction, when the victim retaliated, the result was four dead and a media circus; The L.A. Riots, this is an event in L.A.’s history where one man’s arrest resulted in wide-spread violence and nearly $1 billion in damage; and The Black Dahlia, a young woman who was brutally murdered for no apparent reason becomes the center of a media storm that propels her to iconic status. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. One Born Every Minute. A couple hope that everything works out well with the birth of their quadruplets, an expectant long-distance runner, and a preacher delivering his eighth baby. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

14. Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Tori and Dean head to New York City, and she lies on the Today show as she tries to hide her pregnancy. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

15. Teen Mom 2. 9:00 PM CT MTV

16. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tonight’s guests include Charles Barkley, Bérénice Bejo, and Amber Riley. 10:35 PM CT NBC