Category Archives: What’s Hot on TV

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Game Shows on NBC

To make sure we don’t get too bored with nearly every broadcast series repeating tonight, NBC has added some game shows to the Monday night lineup. Fear Factor made its return to TV after six years last week, and this week they debut the new game show Who’s Still Standing? Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. The View. Steven Spielberg, Jeremy Irvine, and Florence and the Machine are today’s guests. 10:00 AM CT ABC

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

3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It’s another of those movies that was always special to us as kids, as we only saw it at holiday time, but that today’s kids get to see whenever they want thanks to cable, DVDs, VCRs, and DVRs. 2:30 PM CT ABC Family

4. Monsters vs. Aliens. The government only has a group of monsters, which includes a giant young woman, to count on to save them from the throws of evil aliens. It’s the vocal talent, including that of Seth Rogen, that carries this film. 3:00 PM CT FX

5. Who’s Still Standing. Series premiere. Find out how this new game works in the clip below. 7:00 PM CT NBC

6. 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. 7:00 PM CT ABC

7. Terra Nova. Lucas, Mira, and the Phoenix group attempt a pillaging of the past, Taylor and Jim take a stand together, and life in Terra Nova is permanently changed because of a decision. 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. Rolling with Zach. In the first half hour, Zach heads to New York City for a Manhattan aerial tour, speed dating, and stand-up. In the second half hour, he’s San Francisco-bound and catching crabs on Fisherman’s Wharf, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, and a look at the Jelly Belly factory. 7:00 PM CT OWN

9. The Mortified Sessions. Featured guests tonight are married actors Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. Find out more on the show’s Facebook page. 7:00 PM CT Sundance

10. A Chipmunk Christmas. Alvin’s group gets invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on Christmas. 7:30 PM CT ABC

11. NFL Football. Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

12. Fear Factor. The partners face getting catapulted off a building as well as being covered in snakes – that the other partner must remove with their mouth on the way to the $50k prize. 7:00 PM CT NBC

13. The Closer. The team investigates the hit-and-run death of a girl riding a bike, and Brenda finds a scandal. 8:00 PM CT TNT

14. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. “Kendall’s Sweet 16.” 8:00 PM CT E!

15. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The women consider turning Taylor away from Kyle’s white party after her husband threatens to sue Camille. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16. Vanguard: The 99 Percent Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was once banned from television for being too bloody, but today, MMA is a billion dollar industry. In 2010, more than 2.5 million Americans trained or fought in MMA, and it’s now the fastest growing sport in the world. On this episode, Mariana van Zeller explores the increasingly popular world of MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and asks the question: Is violence America’s new favorite past time? And, if so, why? 8:00 PM CT Current

17. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The contestants are put into teams to produce holiday-themed cakes for the Valastro Christmas party, and one contestant is hospitalized. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

18. The Layover. Tony travels to the fast paced city of Hong Kong, where the sweltering heat, oppressive smog, and intermittent rain, add some sardonic twists to his travels to the Far East. After finding a 24hour tailor to make him a sharkskin ‘gangster inspired suit’, he takes every type of public transit that exists in this town, and truly does ‘see’ the city like a local would. Halfway through his whirlwind tour, Tony joins in the Hong Kongers habit of falling asleep all over the place and is found passed out on a ferry ride back to the mainland– and we feel how the power of jet lag, coupled with the heat, and the endless energy pervading this city, can make you need a nap wherever you can get it. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul. Performing tonight are Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, and Kelly Clarkson. 8:00 PM CT VH1

20. Rock Center with Brian Williams. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Rizzoli & Isles. A stage mom is stabbed to death during a dance competition, and Korsak’s stepson is a suspect in a police officer’s shooting. 9:00 PM CT TNT

22. Scouted. 9:00 PM CT E!

23. Candy Queen. Jackie is handles a Mother Goose-themed party, and has to walk the fine line between inspiring her employees and driving them nuts. 9:00 PM CT TLC

24. Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. “Rock the Boat.” 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. How Do I Look? “Sequiner or Seq-Loser.” 9:00 PM CT Style

26. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Sandra Bullock, Diablo Cody, and Pink, Martini. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Survivor: South Pacific Finale

Really the only big question leading up to tonight’s Survivor finale will be if Ozzy earns a spot back in the game, and then into the finale. Everything else is either pretty much set, or not very interesting. Coach should make it based on having the immunity idol in his pocket, and Brandon could have been saying the same thing, had he not given his up to save Albert. There are two similarities between Coach’s game and Rob’s winning game last season. Both came in learning from their past season’s, and both are playing with people who are so enamored by their celebrity in the game, that they have been left in. Rob walked his way into the finale, and it looks like Coach might be doing the same thing. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. Action Sports: Winder Dew Tour. Nike Open, Part 2 from Breckenridge, CO. 2:00 PM CT NBC

3. NFL Football. New England Patriots at Denver Broncos. 3:00 PM CT CBS

4. Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular. Featuring Michael Weiss, Steven Cousins, Ryan Bradley, Yuka Sato, Sinead and John Kerr, Jim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, and Elen Leonova and Andrei Khavalko, and Chicago as musical guest. 3:00 PM CT NBC

5. Four Christmases. Everyone knows the pain of this one, having to participate in multiple holiday gatherings. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star as a couple who have to spend the holidays with their divorced parents, giving them four separate holiday celebrations. 3:05 PM CT TNT

6. The Truth About Cats and Dogs. A woman lacking self-confidence gets her tall, blonde neighbor pretend to be her in a first date with a guy, but once she falls in love with him over the phone, she doesn’t know how to tell him what she really looks like. Janeane Garofalo and Ben Uma Thurman star. 5:20 PM CT Starz Comedy

7. The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011.A holiday concert leading up to the lighting of the national Christmas tree in President’s Park in Washington, DC. Carson Daly hosts, and One Republic, Rodney Atkins, and Marsha Ambrosius perform. 6:00 PM CT PBS

8. Survivor: South Pacific. Season finale. The first two hours are the final days of the game, and the final hour is the announcement of the winner and a reunion of this season’s contestants. 7:00 PM CT CBS

9. Christmas Magic. Carrie Bishop is a successful New York City event planner whose life changes in an instant after a car accident leaves her unconscious. Before she can “pass over” to Heaven and earn her wings, she is tasked with one more earthly mission. She must help Scott Walker, a single dad and struggling restaurateur, who is depressed because his restaurant is weeks away from shutting its doors, and only has until midnight Christmas Eve to turn the eatery around. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

10. My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas. Travelers celebrate Christmas, weddings, and First Communions. 7:00 PM CT TLC

11. When Vacations Attack. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Glam Fairy. The Glam Fairy creates an over-the-top photo-shoot for a plus-sized store. Glamo’s ego gets super-sized when he makes the New Jersey Gay Life hotlist. 7:00 PM CT Style

13. Tough Love: Miami. Reunion of the past season. 7:00 PM CT VH1

14. NFL Football. Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers. 7:15 PM CT NBC

15. Allen Gregory. Allen tries to form a closer relationship with Principal Gottlieb, and Richard competes with his frenemy’s kid. 7:30 PM CT Fox

16. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Martin Short gets added to the second sequel of the Tim Allen holiday movie, where he plays Jack Frost. 7:00 PM CT ABC

17. Leverage. Hurley gets caught up in a drug deal, as Nate, Eliot, and Hardison intervene. 8:00 PM CT TNT

18. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim and family move to a mansion, things get tumultuous between Sheree and Phaedra, Kandi takes her music in a different direction, and Cynthia hosts a party. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

19. Geek Love. In the first half hour, Comic-Con in New York. In the second half hour, sc-fi speed dating. 8:00 PM CT TLC

20. Shark Shoot: Fiji. A photography team captures images of eight different shark species in Fiji. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

21. Snapped. A worn out mom finds a lover, but a plot to kill her husband backfires. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

22. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Bride Benita and her fiancé, Arlen, who are both actors, want a Hollywood glam wedding. But having procrastinated on all of the details, Benita’s decorations are better suited for a child’s birthday party. The ‘Old Hollywood’ glitz and glam are seemingly absent from this soiree. David steps in and takes his bride and groom back in time with wedding fashions from the ‘40s, ’50s and ‘60s. 8:00 PM CT WE TV

23. Dexter. Season finale. Dexter and the Homicide team hurry to catch the Doomsday Killers before their plan is completed, and Deb deals with a new emotional reality. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

24. Kourtney and Kim Take New York. Kim feels betrayed by her friend Jonathan when she hears he’s writing a tell all book about her, and Scott wants to reconnect with his Jewish roots but Kourtney thinks it’s just a phase. 9:00 PM CT E!

25. Chef Roblé & Co. Chef Roblé puts on a birthday party for a 4-year-old, and his girlfriend rescues a dance party. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

26. All-American Muslim. Ramadan month ends, and if the team is going to make it into the playoffs, a victory is necessary. 9:00 PM CT TLC

27. IRT Deadliest Roads. Lisa and G.W. haul bulls, Hugh hauls fireworks, and Tim tests out his speed against a bull. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

28. I Do Over. Season Finale. Groom Jason flatlined at the altar, causing his brother-in-law to jump into action and revive him. In spite of the incident, the couple continued with their ceremony but missed out on the celebration. Diann surprises this love-sick couple with a tension-free I DO OVER. 9:00 PM CT WE

29. Hell on Wheels. Cullen needs to figure out how much he wants to risk, Durant faces losing it all financially, and Lilly confronts her late husband’s family. Additionally, Common’s new music video, “Celebrate,” will premiere during the broadcast. 9:00 PM CT AMC

30. Homeland. Saul investigates theories of Carrie’s, Walker secures a spot for his mission, and Broad makes final arrangements. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

31. After Lately. The writers worry that Eva’s “Mom Book” gift idea for Chelsea is a bad one; Chuy convinces some of the writers to come to a Golf Course Grand Opening, and Roy poses for Playgirl. 10:00 PM CT E!

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Billy Ray Cyrus in Christmas Comes Home to Canaan

I don’t think the picture to the left there looks a lot like Billy Ray Cyrus; then again I’m to used to seeing Jason Sudeikis play him on Saturday Night Live. Immediately after, Hallmark with display a QR code, and those with smartphones can scan it to download a World Premiere video from Cyrus. 

1. College Football. NCAA Division II, Championship, Wayne State vs. Pittsburgh State. 10:00 AM CT ESPN2

2. College Basketball. Ohio State at South Carolina. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

3. College Basketball. Butler vs. Purdue. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. College Football. Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Wyoming vs. Temple. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

5. Swimming: Duel in the Pool. United States vs. Europe. 1:30 PM CT NBC

6. The Proposal. Sandra Bullock stars as a woman about to be deported to Canada, so she convinces her male assistant to marry her, but before that, they have to visit his family in Alaska. 1:30 PM CT FX

7. College Basketball. Temple at Texas. 1:30 PM CT ESPN2

8. College Basketball. Memphis at Louisville. 3:00 PM CT CBS

9. College Basketball. Notre Dame at Indiana. 3:30 PM CT ESPN2

10. College Football. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Ohio vs. Utah State. 4:30 PM CT ESPN

11. College Basketball. Syracuse at North Carolina State. 5:30 PM CT ESPN2

12. The Wizard of Oz. The yearly showing of a true classic. Watch out for those flying monkeys. It’s honestly one of my scariest childhood memories. 6:00 PM CT TNT

13. Frosty the Snowman. The cartoon that tells the same story of the song, the original from 1969 with Jimmy Durante narrating. 7:00 PM CT CBS

14. America’s Most Wanted: U.S. Marshals Special Edition. The 15 most-wanteds, and the search for a killer in Lake Charles, LA. 7:00 PM CT Fox

15. Christmas Comes Home to Canaan. In “Christmas Comes Home to Canaan,” Billy Ray Cyrus reprises his role as Daniel Burton in the 1960s-era saga of a family’s experiences in racially charged Canaan, TX. In the story, Daniel’s son Bobber needs extensive orthopedic surgery and months of intensive physical therapy to recover from being struck down by an automobile. The young black man who Daniel took into his home and raised as another son, has become a famous writer and offers to fly Daniel and Bobber to San Francisco and to pay for the surgery. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

16. Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis. This contemporary look at the living legend features extensive and in-depth interviews with Hollywood industry icons who have been influenced by the legendary actor, director, producer, writer, singer and humanitarian. Superstars like Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Quentin Tarantino, and more, take part in this special television event that explores the career of one of comedy’s most talented and charismatic performers.7:00 PM CT Encore

17. Frosty Returns. It’s a 1995 continuation from the earlier version, with Jonathan Winters hosting this time, and John Goodman providing the voice of Frosty. 7:30 PM CT CBS

18. The Story of Santa Claus. Ed Asner, Betty White, and Tim Curry provide voices in this story of a jolly couple who begins a toy-giving tradition after they move to the North Pole. 8:00 PM CT CBS

19. Party at Tiffany’s. In the first half hour, to celebrate a recording contract, Tiffany throws a party with a Mardi Gras theme. In the second half hour, Tiffany visits Pink Pastry and hosts a glitter party for a 6th birthday. 8:00 PM CT OWN

20. College Football. R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

21. Soul Surfer. A teenager surfer loses her arm in a shark attack and tries to find a way to keep competing in the sport that has become her whole life. AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, and Dennis Quaid star. 8:00 PM CT Starz

22. 48 Hours Mystery. A convicted killer could be set free because of legal twists. 9:00 PM CT CBS

23. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Tia daughter has to make a difficult decision about her pet, and dogs are rescued from an abandoned house. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

24. College Basketball. New Mexico at Oklahoma State. 9:30 PM CT ESPN2

25. Saturday Night Live. Jimmy Fallon is guest host, and Michael Bublé performs. 10:30 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Christmas in Washington 2011

It’s just a little over a week left until Christmas. Are you ready? I”m not. Washington is, though (how do you like that segue?), as they celebrate tonight on Christmas in Washington 2011 with performances by Justin Bieber and Cee Lo Green among others. Catch up on your other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. Live! With Kelly. The guests today include Daniel Craig, and Michael Bublé cohosts. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.. The babysitter in charge of watching a family of kids for the summer dies early on, and the kids for some reason find it in their best interest to keep it a secret and try to do things on their own without guardianship. 10:25 AM CT HBO Zone

3. The Talk. The guests today include Donald Trump, Archi Panjabi, and Paul Shaffer. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Amy Poehler is among the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. The Polar Express. Tom Hanks voices the conductor in this holiday classic of a boy who is transported via some type of magical train directly to the North Pole. 4:00 PM CT Disney XD

6. College Football. NCAA Division III Championship, Mount Union at Wis.-Whitewater. 6:00 PM ESPN2

7. Chuck. Chuck and Sarah are up against the clock fighting a computer virus, Elli and Awesome’s date takes a dark turn, and Morgan needs to recover Chuck’s P.A.N.T.S. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Part 1 and Part 2 of the team building a new home for the family of a woman with a brain tumor. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. Happiness Is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown. The gang tries to help Linus give up his security blanket. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. Christmas in Washington 2011 From the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice, and The Band Perry perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. College Football. NCAA Division I, First Semifinal, Montana at Sam Houston. 7:00 PM ESPN

12. Grimm. Nick and Hank follow a homicide to a cold missing persons case, and Nick asks Monroe to help a creature in remembering her humanity. 8:00 PM CT NBC

13. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Manny has Sid believing his is on the naughty list, leaving Sid, Crash, Eddie, and Peaches to try to explain themselves to Santa Claus at the North Pole. 7:00 PM CT Fox

14. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Candice and her mom shop for the wedding that is just 21 days away, and Jacy and her friends shop. In the second half hour, a plus-size Brianne wants a ball gown, and Jennelle is normally the center of attention. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. Ghost Adventures. “Old Charleston Jail.” 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. Jared and Tenisha try to reconcile his loose attitude toward men and her worried jealousy. Brent is the source of yet another shocking turn of events as Olivia discovers he has been arrested for credit card fraud. Though she fears not only for their future as business partners but also for his physical and emotional health, will she actually bail him out? Jared wastes no time in gossiping about it all to Tenisha and Peter. Sherrie and Shane shoot a video for their Christmas duet, but between problems on set and Shane’s fight with his boyfriend, the whole project could be derailed. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

17. The Life & Times of Tim. Season premiere. Tim’s habit of befriending bizarre and unusual personalities in New York City continues to put him in dangerously funny circumstances. 8:00 PM CT HBO

18. The Take. It’s 1994 and Jimmy’s (Shaun Evans) busy running his business empire and sorting out a bad relationship with his Turkish drugs suppliers to seek any answers. As the deal goes sour, Freddie (Tom Hardy) is nowhere to be seen. Nobody is safe when Ozzy (Brian Cox)is attacked by a knifeman in prison. Suspicion falls on Freddie and his lover Patricia (Sara Stewart). 8:00 PM CT Encore

19. All On the Line with Joe Zee. Aysha Saeed is in a committed relationship…with her fashion line. After putting aside her dreams of getting married and having children, her biggest problem may be that she’s a little too focused. Her staff describes her as demanding and ambitious, and she has admittedly fired more people than she cares to remember. Although her line has been featured in In Style, Lucky and Women’s Wear Daily, it has not brought in enough revenue to cover her debt to credit cards, banks and family members. Aysha is no push-over, but will need to learn how to take un-welcome advice, when Joe Zee steps in to help her prepare for a meeting with major department store, Bloomingdale’s. 8:30 PM CT Sundance

20. 20/20. “The Million Moms Challenge on Maternal Health.” 9:00 PM CT ABC

21. Sanctuary. Will and Magnus find themselves trapped in a cave with a Michelle, a woman who has spent her life studying cryptozoology, and a dragon that she and her team have captured. Magnus demands to be released along with the dragon but Michelle refuses citing that the dragon is “too big of a prize” to let go. Magnus tries to make Michelle see the dangers in transporting a dragon but she refuses to listen claiming everything is under control. They begin the transportation process but as the old saying goes, “Never wake a sleeping dragon.” 9:00 PM CT Syfy

22. Remains. Based on the highly acclaimed IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and illustrated by Kieron Dwyer, Remains is set in a chilling post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world’s population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute. Find out more in this Q&A with Niles. 9:00 PM CT Chiller

23. Brides of Beverly Hills. In the first half hour, an NFL cheerleader brings her law enforcement mother shopping. In the second half hour, a Penthouse Playmate is the focus. 9:00 PM CT TLC

24. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Rep. Ron Paul and Chris Cornell. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The Year with Katie Couric

Last night Barbara Walters had on her special of the 10 Most Fascinating people of the past year. Tonight Katie Couric airs her special looking at the top news events of the past year. Will they both feature some of the same people?. Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. The Talk. The guests today are Brooke Shields and Patrick Wilson. 1:00 PM CT CBS

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Lindsay Lohan is the guest today. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. A lonely widower’s former in-laws try to set him up with a new woman on a weekend that used to be about celebrating his wife’s birthday and is also the anniversary of her death, but he still can’t seem to forget the woman he lost, prompting his in-laws to feel he can’t properly take care of his teenage daughter. 4:05 PM CT Encore Love

4. White Christmas. Last year when this Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney classic was on, I mentions it was perfect for a night snowed in with the terrible winter storm with snow and ice we were having here in the Midwest, and here we are again. 4:15 PM CT AMC

5. Charlie Brown Christmas. I have many favorite Christmas specials, but when forced to choose just one, I think it has to be this one. We have Linus to thank for explaining the reason for the season. 7:00 PM CT ABC

6. X-Factor. Only the audience will bear responsibility for the person voted out tonight. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Rules of Engagement. Audredy refuses to admit she hates and armchair that Jeff is only pretending he loves, and Russell sues Timmy on the grounds of sexual harrassment. 7:30 PM CT CBS

8. Person of Interest. Detective Carter must deal with the aftermath of her encounter with Reese and Finch, and the machine comes up with four Social Security numbers. 8:00 PM CT CBS

9. The Year with Katie Couric. A look at the newsmakers of the past year. 8:00 PM CT ABC

10. The First 48. A man turns up shot in front of his ex’s place, and a gas station is the setting for a gunfight. 8:00 PM CT A&E

11. World’s Dumbest … This week, in honor of the premiere of truTV’s Impractical Jokers, it’s 20 of the World’s Dumbest Pranks, from a remote-controlled ejector-couch to an evil clown on wheels. Todd Bridges, Daniel Baldwin, Tonya Harding and Danny Bonaduce provide hilarious commentary as they cull the video universe for the most idiotic pranksters imaginable. 8:00 PM CT truTV

12. Braxton Family Values. Trina receives an unexpected surprise from Papa Braxton when she graduates from business school! However, when she throws herself a party, the good surprises for her, turn not so good for Gabe. Meanwhile, an explosive argument erupts when Toni reveals to Tamar she is firing Vincent as her manager, leaving Tamar in tears. 8:00 PM CT WE

13. The Mentalist. During the search for a firefighter’s killer, Jane is attacked and loses his memory, forcing him to revert to his former con man identity. 9:00 PM CT CBS

14. Prime Suspect. Jane and Blando are on the case of a murdered Jewish diamond dealer, and Matt celebrates his new job. 9:00 PM CT NBC

15. Burn Notice. The team gets to a breaking point with Anson, Pearce appoints Michael to be in charge of a big mission, and Sam and Fiona run reconnaissance. 9:00 PM CT USA

16. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The gang tries to repair the image their old high school classmates have of them. 9:00 PM CT FX

17. Beyond Scared Straight. At-risk teenagers are forced to spend time in a jail in Illinois only to have additional trouble afterwards anyway. 9:00 PM CT A&E

18. Impractical Jokers. In the first half hour, Sal, Murr, Q, and Joe serve up some mischief from behind a food-service counter, take on tourists in Times Square and check out customers in a warehouse store. In the second half hour, the guys get liberal with suntan lotion down at the shore, shop from other people’s carts in a supermarket and try to scam their way to a free dish of yogurt. 9:00 PM CT truTV

19. The Joy Behar Show. Steve Martin is the guest. 9:00 PM CT HLN

20. Cellblock 6: Female Lock Up. A woman numbs the pain of her divorce with drugs, a crack addict tries to head-butt a cop, and a dental office assistant is charged with stealing. 9:00 PM CT TLC

21. Project Accessory. The designers get inspired by a signature accessory at a curiosity shop. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

22. The League. Pate’s new girlfriend offers to help him with his lineup, Kevin’s past at the DA’s office has him running in fear, and auto-correct causes a lot of confusion. 9:30 PM CT FX

23. Conan. The guests tonight include Dawes. 10:00 PM CT TBS

24. 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

25. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Elle Fanning, and Robin Thicke. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Inside the Royal Marriage

Not only is it somehow surprisingly already the holiday season, it has also been six months since the excitement of the royal wedding. Tonight, NBC will go inside, with the help of insiders to check in and see how the newlyweds are dong. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links. 

1. The View. Jon Hunstman Jr., Marlo Thomas, and candy shop owner Dylan Lauren are the guests today. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. Alice in Wonderland. An odd retelling of the Lewis Carroll story starring Johnny Depp. 11:20 AM CT Encore WAM

3. The Talk. Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, David Letterman, Andy Cohen, and Michael Emerson are the guests today. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. The Last Song. Miley Cyrus is surprisingly good in this film based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, holding her own next to Greg Kinnear, starring as his estranged daughter. 1:20 PM CT Starz Kids & Family

5. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guest today is Diane Keaton. Syndicated, check local listings.

6. NCIS. The team needs to find and protect the pregnant companion of a murdered Navy captain, and Jimmy brings his fiancée’s father to work. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. William and Kate: Inside the Royal Marriage. A look at the newlywed’s first six months. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Last Man Standing. To help keep Ed’s favorite barber shop open, Mandy suggests beginning an Internet campaign, and Vanessa snoozes during a presentation. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. Glee. The glee club gets offers to perform in two different places at the same time. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. NCIS: Los Angeles. The team looks for a dangerous stolen device, and Sam searches for a popular Christmas gift for his daughter. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. The Biggest Loser. Season finale. Who will win? 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. New Girl. Everyone attends Schmidt’s holiday office party, and Jess worries about an expensive gift from Paul. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. WWE Tribute to the Troops. WWE superstars and divas entertain the troops in Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC. Featured performers include Mary J. Blige and Nickelback. 8:00 PM CT USA

14. What Would You Do? Situations include shoppers attack a clerk with special needs, pilot getting tipsy before taking off, and gay couples up against discrimination.. 8:00 PM CT OWN

15. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Phaedra represents Sheree who is facing her ex in court, Kim and Kroy bring their baby home, and Kandi’s talk show spreads gossip. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16. What Not to Wear. A web content specialist who likes to make people laugh with her clothing choices. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Mysteries at the Museum. The only known lottery scam ticket, a lifeboat that was once hijacked, and a damaged piece from a plane that could have been behind ghost sightings. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. America’s Supernanny. A couple facing the possibility of divorce have their hands full with a 9-year-old and clingy baby. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

19. Raising Hope. While watching a movie with the rest of the family, Jimmy daydreams about what like would have been like if he hadn’t ever met Hope’s mother. Bijou Phillips guest stars. 8:30 PM CT Fox

20. Unforgettable. Carrie and Al link a ghost hunter’s death to one of his recent assignments. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. The Conan One Hour Earlier Best of Spectacular. Conan’s favorite moments. 9:00 PM CT TBS

22. The Joy Behar Show. Whoopi Goldberg is tonight’s guest. 9:00 PM CT HLN

23. Hidden City. Marcus travels to Boston, one of the oldest cities and the site of some of history’s greatest moments; an intellectual, educated, liberal, sometimes elitist town. In this episode, Marcus Sakey digs deep into three of Boston’s most historical crimes: The Great Brinks Robbery, in 1950, the largest robbery ever; The Boston Strangler, the one bogeyman who haunted this city from the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the ivy-draped walls of Cambridge; and James “Whitey” Bulger, one of Boston’s most notorious crime bosses. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

24. One Born Every Minute. A newborn fights to survive, a delivery becomes more difficult because of a fibroid, and a father who has fainted before gets ready for delivery. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Tori and Dean look for inspiration in Texas, and she stresses over how to hide her impending pregnancy. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

26. Teen Mom 2. Ali needs to be sedated for an MRI, Jenelle is left to live in her car, Chelsea gives Adam another chance, and Kailyn has financial difficulties. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

32. Conan. Nick Vatterott is tonight’s guest. 10:00 PM CT TBS

32. Late Show with David Letterman. Tonight’s guests include Barbara Walters, Bill Hader, and Wild Flag. 10:35 PM CT CBS

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

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Amazing Race Season Finale

It still seems somewhat shocking that the team that won half of the legs of The Amazing Race this season was eliminated last season. That’s the name of the game of this show, though, and that’s what always makes it exciting. Who knew cab drivers could be so helpful? Tonight the snowboarders will be on the sidelines cheering on the other three teams to the finish line watching the winner be crowned. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NFL Football. New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 12:00 PM CT CBS

2. PGA Tour Golf: Franklin Templeton Shootout. Final round from Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, FL. 2:00 PM CT NBC

3. NFL Football. Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers. 3:00 PM CT CBS

4. NFL Football. Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos. 3:00 PM CT Fox

5. Fred Claus. I expected a little more out of this movie starring Vince Vaughn. Somehow Elf does up this theme a little better. Nevertheless, if you’re into the holiday spirit, it’ll do. 3:35 PM CT TNT

6. Mr. Deeds. It’s an “okay” Adam Sandler movie with a much better soundtrack. Normally with Sandler I hate him or love him, and this movie is the exception, just so-so, but I love the music. 5:00 PM CT TBS

7. 60 Minutes.Featured tonight are a discussion with President Obama, and Warren Buffett’s successor, hi son, Howard Buffett. 6:00 PM CT CBS

8. Holiday Fabulous. Jeannie Mai of “How Do I Look” hosts a holiday party with her husband Freddy Harteis. In true Mai fashion, she wants her party to be absolutely stunning and extravagant while Harteis hopes the preparations will be stress-free. With the help of her Style friends, Michael Moeller and Nina Ferrer from “Clean House New York,” Alexa Prisco from “Glam Fairy” and Amanda LeBlanc from upcoming new series “The Amandas,” Mai offers viewers expert advice on how to stylishly – and simply – spruce up your home for the holidays, how to choose the best gifts for loved ones and of course, how to look fabulous while doing it all. 6:00 PM CT Style

9. The Amazing Race. Season finale. Teams race to Atlanta, and one of the the final three teams doesn’t get the smooth landing they were looking for. The winners of season 19 are named. 7:00 PM CT CBS

10. Once Upon a Time. One of the residents of Storybrooke begins to remember fairytale life, a death is mourned, and the Queen searches for someone to kill Snow White. 7:00 PM CT ABC

11. The Simpsons. Bart, Lisa, and their kids spend the holidays at Marge and Homer’s home thirty years into the future. 7:00 PM CT Fox

12. The Christmas Pageant. When Vera Parks (Melissa Gilbert), an overly intense and demanding Broadway director, gets fired from yet another job, she is left with no choice but to take a gig directing a small town Christmas pageant in upstate New York. Stunned at how basic the production is, Vera attempts to back out, but the warmth and charm of the small town grows on her. And when she reconnects with Jack Harmon (Robert ), an old flame, with the matchmaking help of his daughter (Lennon Wynn), Vera learns there can be much more to life than her career. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

13. CNN Heroes: Ann All-Star Tribute. Anderson Cooper hosts live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, 7:00 PM CT CNN

14. When Vacations Attack. A stealth fighter plan crashes in pieces, a skier gets caught in an avalanche, and a rodeo bull runs into the stands. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Glam Fairy. A Latino Christian music group needs Alexa’s help to enter the mainstream pop world. Alexa and her boyfriend Danny clash when he moves in. 7:00 PM CT Style

16. NFL Football. New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys. 7:15 PM CT NBC

17. The Cleveland Show. While posing from within a Nativity scene, Cleveland tells his version of “Die Hard,” one of his favorite holiday stories. 7:30 PM CT Fox

18. The Good Wife. After Alicia’s client is found guilty, she tries to get the judgment thrown out, and begins to realize the her decisions’ consequences. 8:00 PM CT CBS

19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Remake of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. 11:00 AM CT ABC Family

20. Family Guy. Lois’ dad falls asleep while the driving, leading the family to check into retirement communities in Florida. 8:00 PM CT Fox

21. Leverage. Parker’s friend is targeted by a thief, and Sophie and Tara track the thief to the Venezuelan Consulate. 8:00 PM CT TNT

22. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim goes into labor, Cynthia and Nene take a business trip, Sheree decides to sue Bob, and Phaedra wins a case. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Little People Big World: Holiday Surprise. Surprises falling on Matt’s birthday show that the best of life is yet to come. 8:00 PM CT TLC

24. Snapped. A beauty queen’s secret life is revealed in a local murder. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Bride Regina, having lost a child, wants a dragonfly-themed wedding as a symbol of hope. However she is in need of a major overhaul: her mother’s dress is already fraying and her bridesmaids’ dresses are all different shades of green – David’s least favorite color for fashion. What’s more, Regina and her fiancé are planning a backyard wedding with no food for the guests! 8:00 PM CT WE TV

26. Wicked Fit. Katie loves to cook and has dozens of healthy recipes that don’t taste healthy. With the encouragement of her family and friends, she reaches out to a friend from her pageant days, chef Andy Husbands, who owns a restaurant in Boston and has written his own cookbook, for advice. Meanwhile, Monique comes up with an “on the road spray tanning” idea to expand Katie’s business. Katie’s client Farrah is making great strides with her workout regimens so the two visit the baseball park where Katie shows Farrah that there are healthier things to eat besides hotdogs and nachos. 8:00 PM CT Style

27. Boardwalk Empire. Season finale. With Nucky’s trial looming, Jimmy looks to make amends. After weighing an offer from Esther Randolph, Margaret makes a decision that will change the course of her future – and Nucky’s 8:00 PM CT HBO

28. Dexter. Our protagonist sends Travis a message of his own through a tableau while Deb’s psychologist makes a disturbing suggestion. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

29. American Dad. Father Donovan casts Stan and Roger in the mall Christmas play, and Jeff and Hayley adopt a possessed child. 8:30 PM CT Fox

30. CSI: Miami. The CSIs investigate when a young beauty pageant contestant’s mother is murdered. 9:00 PM CT CBS

31. Kourtney and Kim Take New York. Kim’s decision to get off birth control leads to unexpected complications with Kris H, while Kris J finds a surprising new friend in Scott when she visits NYC to tape the Today Show. 9:00 PM CT E!

32. Chef Roblé & Co. Chef Roblé handles both a a product launch for Kandi Burruss and a Matisyahu dinner party. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

33. All-American Muslim. Newly married Shadia and Jeff prepare to move into a new home, and Nader and Nawal get used to life as parents. 9:00 PM CT TLC

34. IRT Deadliest Roads. Tino and Tim carry barrels of gasoline through roads wired with dynamite, Lisa and G.W. cross rotting bridges, and Hugh transports frozen fish. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

35. I Do Over. Jennifer and Ian Pepples first wedding was ruined when their quaint reception hall went up in flames. Surprised with an I DO OVER, Diann and the couple don’t agree on ideas. Diann hopes this second chance at happiness doesn’t go up in smoke. 9:00 PM CT WE

36. Tough Love: Miami. The bootcampers make a personal decision during the promise ring ceremony. 7:00 PM CT VH1

37. Hell on Wheels. Durant tries to put an end to negotiations with Cheyenne, and Cullen and Elam try to prevent bloodshed in town. 9:00 PM CT AMC

38. Luck. AFter three years, Ace Bernstein is released from prison, and four racetrack addicts make a bet that could net them millions. 9:00 PM CT HBO

39. Homeland. Brody spends some time with the family before things change forever. Meanwhile, Carrie’s imbalance becomes more evident, and consequences are not far from her. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

40. After Lately. Brad tries to get on Chelsea’s good side by taking her friend out on the town, but it doesn’t go quite as planned. Jiffy is tasked to run a very personal errand for Chelsea. 10:00 PM CT E!

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

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Boss Season Finale on Starz

Kelsey Grammer must be feeling pretty good. He had some rough times personally, then a big comedy flop a few years back. He came back quite victorious the Chicago political drama BOSS on Starz. The first season winds up tonight. Will the Mayor’s side be victorious as well? Catch up on your other favorite shows you  may  have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. The guests today include Charlize Theron, Abigail Breslin, Michael Symon, and Cody Simpson, and Josh Groban cohosts. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Duets. This is a little-known movie, but a very good one. Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a young woman who finds her long-lost father (Huey Lewis), after her mother’s death. This has her following him on a karaoke circuit, which also inserts us into the lives of three others, Maria Bello, Paul Giamatti, and Andre Braugher. The music is really good in this, and not “karaoke” for the most part. Braugher’s version of Freebird is my most favorite ever. 10:00 AM CT WE

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Lady Gaga and Greyson Chance are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Racing Stripes. Hayden Panettiere stars as a girl growing up on a horse farm that begins taking care of a zebra (voiced by Frankie Muniz), who doesn’t realize he’s not a horse and wants to race with the others at the track. The voices of Dustin Hoffman, Joe Pantoliana, and Whoopi Goldberg are included as well. 11:00 AM CT HBO Comedy East

5. Frosty the Snowman. The cartoon that tells the same story of the song, the original from 1969 with Jimmy Durante narrating. 7:00 PM CT CBS

6. Chuck. Chuck looks for Verbanski’s help to track a computer virus, and a new employee at Buy More complicates Lester and Jeff’s relationship. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Part 1 and Part 2 of the team building a new home for the family of a teenager his lost his hand while working on their former house. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. College Football. NCAA Division I, Quarterfinal, Northern Iowa at Montana. 7:00 PM ESPN

9. Frosty Returns. It’s a 1995 continuation from the earlier version, with Jonathan Winters hosting this time, and John Goodman providing the voice of Frosty. 7:30 PM CT CBS

10. Yes, Virginia. An 8-year old girl in 1897 tries to figure out if Santa Claus is real or not, writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Stars Alfred Molina, Beatrice Miller, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. Grimm. Nick handles a suspected arson case that includes a family feud, and Monroe tries to tame his wild side. 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Kasey’s has trouble deciding because of her OCDE, Jackie wants to hide her self-tan, and Angela has second thoughts. In the second half hour, Heather’s wedding will be on the Love Boat, Erin wants to lose 100 pounds before the big day, and Marissa is challenged in her fitting. 8:00 PM CT TLC

13. Fatal Attractions. “Venom: Life or Death?” 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

14. Ghost Adventures. The team has a lockdown at Johnny Cash’s home in Jamaica. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. “The Sex Video.” 8:00 PM CT Sundance

16. The Take. It’s 1988, and there’s a new killing to be made – all over the country, kids are getting into rave culture and the drugs associated with it. Freddie and Jimmy form new alliances with Des (Obi Abili) who can introduce him to the Ecstasy manufacturing business, but Freddie’s unpredictable behavior nearly ruins the deal. Jimmy has finally had enough, realizing he can no longer control Freddie. Furious at Freddie’s behavior, Ozzy encourages Jimmy to take control of the ecstasy business himself. 8:00 PM CT Encore

17. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story. Chippey the elf helps a boy who finds it hard to believe in the magic of Christmas. 8:30 PM CT CBS

18. All On the Line with Joe Zee. Rock Musician Adam Lambert will guest star in this episode featuring Kathy & Erik Wilson, who have designed custom garments for Stevie Wonder, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sophia Bush in the past, but are in desperate need for a successful turnaround to keep their line going.  Joe Zee sets the married couple up with a buyers meeting for the exclusive boutique, Scoop in hopes of turning their dream into reality. 8:30 PM CT Sundance

19. Dateline NBC. A look into the disappearance of a Utah mom two years after she originally went missing. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Sanctuary. Kate and Will interrogate an Abnormal from Hollow Earth about a plot to attack an above ground target.  Unfortunately, the Abnormal is unwilling to divulge any information.  Will tries to make a deal to return the Abnormal and the rest of his crew to Hollow Earth by telling him the alternative is to be hunted like animals.  The Abnormal refuses Will’s deal citing the mere fact that Will is willing to make a deal means their tactics are working and Kate and Will and the rest of Sanctuary are scared. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

21. The Joy Behar Show. Jane Fonda is the guest tonight. 9:00 PM CT HLN

22. Brides of Beverly Hills. In the first half hour, “the Bag Lady of Beverly Hills” would rather feel like a princess on her big day. In the second half hour, one bride is frustrated, and the other is in tears. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. BOSS. Season finale. On election day, the race is close, and while the candidates campaign, Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) and Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan) must do their part to turn the gears of the political machine. Emma’s (Hannah Ware) world is turned upside-down while Meredith (Connie Nielsen) must go to great lengths to prove her allegiance to Kane. 9:00 PM CT Starz

24. Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold. A man wants Tracey’s help with his anorexic help, and Tracey tries to help a bulimic woman get a job in order to afford treatment. 10:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Bill O’Reilly and Jackie Evancho. 10:35 PM CT NBC