Survivor: Philippines – Episode 13 – Cookies and Flippers and the Final Four

So, this Wednesday’s final episode before Sunday’s finale was typical of these last regular episodes – pretty non-eventful and kind of boring. You can tell that they had less to work with by the inclusion of the full opening credits. I mean, we all knew who was on the outs, so that elimination was not surprising. What was surprising is that the Final Four never really seemed to entertain the possibility of mixing things up with that fifth vote just sitting there.

Spoiler alert – Abinormal is gone. Sent off to Ponderosa for her Trial By RC. The bigger story is – why is Abinormal gone? With two factions of two surviving with her, she becomes that all-too-important third vote. For Scoopin’ and Blair, that third vote could have been the ticket to a million bucks. With Abinormal, they could have voted out Denise this week and held the hammer over Malcolm in the next vote. It seems super simple – keep the wacko, take out the popular, skilled players and battle for the big prize.

But, looking behind the numbers, maybe it wasn’t so simple. Turning on Denise/Malcolm in this vote, following Malcolm’s immunity win, means keeping your plans really, really quiet. They had to be incredibly confident that the former Matsing duo would get no whiff of the plans, because if they did, Malcolm could easily slip that hidden idol over to Denise for the vote. There was really no indication that they brought this into their thinking – but I would be stunned if it wasn’t part of the decision making. Plus, if they backed out on their deal, it would put Malcolm and Denise on the jury and their votes in serious jeopardy. There would be quite the dilemma on the jury between voting for Abinormal or one of the folks who literally betrayed everyone on the jury.

What we did see though was Malcolm looking at his end game – he sees the mistake of sitting next to Denise at the end. So, on the reward he cuts a deal with Scoopin’ and Blair to become the Final 3. Smart move from him. Unless…

…my theory about the Finals is correct. One thing has to give – either it is a Final Two, or the formula for the Finals has to change. Normally, for a Final Three, we have two hours – Final Five challenge, Tribal, March of the Dead Survivors, Final Four challenge, Tribal, free breakfast, Final Tribal. As we head into the two-hour finale – we have four left and if the formula holds, that leaves us with a Final Two. If the formula doesn’t hold – then we have a lot of time to fill. It means we either get a final Reward challenge or something is going down that requires attention. Or we will have a very boring finale.

If the Final Two happens it will be a surprise to the Survivors, and would be the absolute best thing for Scoopin’ and Blair. Right now, I think the only way either one wins – barring an error, or a Todd-like Final Tribal performance – is if they are the only choices. Based on what we have seen all season long, the Tandang tribe does not very much care for Scoopin’ very much. Couple this with Kent’s obsession with not having a returning player win, which leaves Penner and RC as his only likely votes. Maybe Carter. Blair has begun to play for the jury – as seen with her response to Denise’s comments about the greatness of Tandang – and may emerge as a threat. The question is – how many of them will respect her game? Will the former Tandang see her as worthy – or will they see her as the reason they are sitting in Ponderosa?

However, it seems as if I am just shouting in the dark here. Probst has seemed to imply publicly that it is a Final Three, and in Ponderosa, they said the last jury member will be coming soon. I get that – but Survivor is always full of surprises and my theory makes sense. If wrong, I am very curious to see how they fill the time on Sunday.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Final 3 Announced on X Factor

Tonight one more will be eliminated on The X Factor, leaving the final three who will be competing next week. If I were a betting woman, I'd be putting my money on Fifth Harmony to leave. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Amanda Seyfried and Usher are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon remembers past Christmases during a game, and Amy, Penny, and Bernadette search for a date fro Koothrappali. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Up All Night. In the first half hour, it doesn't end well when Chris and Reagan take Amy to see her first snow, and Scotts helps Ava pick out budget Christmas gifts. In the second half hour, a retrospective of Chris and Reagan's wedding day, the day is nearly derailed by news from Ava and Scott. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Last Resort. Sam and James take off on a rescue attempt, and a Chinese diplomat has a talk scheduled with Marcus. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The Vampire Diaries. Stefan ad Carline don't agree with Tyler and his plans for Klaus and the hybrids, Klaus makes a discovery, Jeremy needs help with his inner demons, and Professor Shane make a big revelation. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. The X-Factor. One performer will leave, and Bruno Mars performs. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks. 7:00 PM CT TNT

8. Oprah's Favorite Things: 2012 Rewapped. Oprah's 2012 must-haves. 7:00 PM CT TNT

9. NFL Football. Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles. 7:00 PM CT NFL

10. Two and a Half Men. Walden tries to juggles both of his identities, and Alan is alone for Christmas. 7:30 PM CT CBS

11. Person of Interest. The FBI pursues “the man in the suit,” and Reese becomes even more determined to protect the current person of interest after finding otu she's the sister of a serviceman who was killed in action. 8:00 PM CT CBS

12. Take It All. The fourth night of Howie Mandel's new game show. 8:00 PM CT NBC

13. Grey's Anatomy. The doctors get ready for Bailey's wedding, Richard helps Bailey with her anxiety, Lizzie and Meredith disagree, and Callie and Jackson work on getting Derek to agree to a risky surgery for his hand. 8:00 PM CT ABC

14. Beauty and the Beast. Catherine finds out EVen was awarded a research grant to study mutant DNA cells found at local crime scenes, and Joe and Tess become involved, despite his marital status. 8:00 PM CT CW

15. Glee. Brittany and Sam decide to live life to the fullest because of apocalypse predictions, Puck and Jake celebrate Hanukkah, and Kurt celebrates Christmas in an unforgettable way. 8:00 PM CT Fox

16. The First 48. A man is stabbed to death then dumped in an empty lot, and a young dad becomes a turf war victim. 8:00 PM CT A&E

17. The Real Housewives of Miami. After the infamous Rodolfo article, Alexia is determined to plea her case to Karent, but Karent has more important things to deal with when she learns of a family emergency. Later on, a special dinner becomes spoiled when Lea and Marysol trash talk each other’s businesses and bring old problems back to life. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

18. Mysteries at the Museum. A plow sowing seeds of disaster, a plane that goes against the history of flight, and a coin with a design to kill. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Project Runway The designers createa non-Christmas look using only materials found in a Christmas store . 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

20. Mary Mary. Mary Mary's record reaches number one on the harts, and Erica and Good get overwhelmed. 8:00 PM CT WE

21. Elementary. An “unbreachable” bank vault is broken into, and Sherlock defends Joan and her decision to become a sober companion to her family. 9:00 PM CT CBS

22. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include a Colorado theater shooting survivor, pay rises that leave people worse off, Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, and Mary Pope Osborne. 9:00 PM CT NBC

23. Scandal. Olivia aids the Vice President, Cyrus finds out the truth regarding James' investigation, and Olivia's associates have a difficult time with a betrayal. 9:00 PM CT ABC

24. Burn Notice. Michael gets caught between a smuggle and a revengeful former client. 8:00 PM CT USA

25. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Every member of the group has a reason to celebrate at Guigino's, and Dee ends up at a table for one. 9:00 PM CT FX

26. Impractical Jokers. The guys say all the wrong things when conducting sensitivity training, have unexpected celebrity sightings on the street, and are forced into being unreceptive receptionists in a busy office. 9:00 PM CT truTV

27. Panic 9-1-1.An intruder tries to break into a California widows home, a quiet Ohio neighborhood is disrupted by a killing spree, and a man kidnaps and holds his ex-wife hostage. 9:00 PM CT A&E

28. Secrets of the Royal Nursery.Interviews with friends and family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, discussing their impending addition to the family. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

29. Jersey Shore. Auditions are held for a temporary friend for Deena, and Mike admits to a former career as a stripper. 9:00 PM CT MTV

30. NBA Basketball. San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

31. The League. Ellie's boyfriend blackmails Kevin, Taco helps Ruxin with his fertility issues, and Pete meets up with his high-school crush. 9:30 PM CT FX

32. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Jamie Foxx, Julie Chen, and DIIV. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012

Barbara Walters presents her list tonight of the most fascinating people of the past year. As usual, we don't know all the names. Who will be added to the list tonight? Who do you think the most fascinating people of the past year are? heck out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Howie Mandel, Indina Menzel, and Tom Shadyac. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Survivor: Philippines. Some of the survivors strike a deal with each other while on a shop away from the others. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Whitney. Alex falls off the stage while at a speaking engagement at his alma mater, and Whitney reacts less than favorably, and R.J. tries to teach Mark a lesson in chivalry. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Middle. Frankie is concerned that Mike is getting tired of her as they approach their twentieth anniversary, Sue tries to get her brothers to help plan a party for their parents, and Axl spoils the ending of a book for Brick. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Arrow. Oliver finds out his mom and sister stopped celebrating Christmas after he disappeared and wants to throw a Christmas party, and Tommy suggests Laurel spend Christmas with him. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. The X Factor. The finalists perform. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. 12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief. Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, The Who, Paul McCartney, and the Rolling Stones perform. 7:00 PM CT G4, Bloomberg, Cooking, Destination America, VH1 Classic, Fuse, Fox Movie Channel, AMC, IFC, Sundance, HBO, Showtime 2, and Encore

8. Toddlers & Tiaras: Most Memorable Moments. The most wild meltdowns and pageant mom freakouts. 7:00 PM CT TLC

9. Baggage Battles. Included in the finds are a plate of knight's arm and an item owned by Harry Houdini. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

10. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

11. Neighbors. The neighborhood gardener passes away, leading Debbie and Marty to explain death to the aliens, and Larry Bird decides to solve the problem. 7:30 PM CT ABC

12. Criminal Minds. The team follows a suspect with the same style as a serial killer from thirty years earlier, and someone tracks the BAU cases and copies the crimes. 8:00 PM CT CBS

13. Take It All. Night three of Howie Mandel's newest game show. 8:00 PM CT NBC

14. Modern Family. Manny and Luke's baseball team reaches the playoffs, as Claire and Cameron look for a field to use, and Gloria sings to the baby with a microphone. 8:00 PM CT ABC

15. Toddlers & Tiaras. Ava, Katlyn, and Hailey compete for Ultimate Grand Supreme title at the Universal Royalty Christmas pageant in Austin, TX. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Toy Hunter. Findings include recalled toys from past Christmases, including the 1964 Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker and Sonic Blaster. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012. Included in the list are E.L. James, Gov. Chris Christie, Gabby Douglas, Ben Affleck, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, One Direction, and Seth MacFarlane. 8:30 PM CT ABC

18. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A small plane crashes near the Strip, killing five people, and one of Sara's exes gets involved with the investigation, leaving her to feel the straight of her long-distance relationship with Grissom. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Chicago Fire. After getting injured in a fire, Jose Vargas is forced to go on disability, Severide is tempted by a woman he saved from a car crash, and Cruz tries to put an end to his brother's involvement with a gang . 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. American Horror Story: Asylum.The Monsignor takes in an unlikely convert, Lana finds new evidence that could exonerate Kt, and Dr. Arden witnesses a miraculous return. 9:00 PM CT FX

21. Hot in Cleveland. Victoria wants to find out the truth behind her costar's intentions, Joy tries to fit in while Elka is making friends with the popular girls, and Melanie gets into a dishonest situation. 9:00 PM CT TVLand

22. Top Chef: Seattle. It’s a star studded event in the Top Chef Kitchen as the chefs must create a meal for movie stars Anna Farris and Chris Pratt! The party is all about family and friends for the Hollywood couple, but unfortunately for one chef it’s the end of the road. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Jersey on Ice. It takes a lot of thick skin to deal with coaches Deana, Andrea, and Michele. 9:00 PM CT TLC

24. Happily Divorced. Fran encourages Peter to find a new roommate when she believes he hasn't considered the changes after she moved. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

25. NBA Basketball. San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

26. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Billy Crystal, James Balog, and Grizzly Bear. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Parenthood Miracle

Parenthood airs their Christmas episode tonight, and from the previews last week, it looks like it'll be a tearjerker with Kristina ending up in the hospital. A miracle was suggested in the previews, leaving me hoping that they'll borrow some of the formula from the old ER episodes. There's just nothing better than watching miracles on your favorite show to get your in the Christmas mood. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Naomi Watts and J.R. Martinez. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. NBA Basketball. New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

3. NCIS. After and FBI agent because the target, and and the NCIS team work together, and Gibbs' and Fornell's fiancé spends the night at McGee's, causing rumors to circulate. 7:00 PM CT CBS

4. The Voice. Another elimination, and Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, and RaeLynn perform. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. It's the one with Mickey Rooney voicing a young Santa and Burgermeister Meisterburger. 7:00 PM CT ABC

6. Hart of Dixie. To avoid visiting her mom, Zoe keeps herself busy with a patient and almost ruins Christmas Eve for the rest of town. 7:00 PM CT CW

7. Raising Hope. Virginia stocks on supplies and makes the others tran for the apocalypse, worried the world will end on 12/21/12, and Jimmy tries to make it a special Christmas for Hope. 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. Giuliana & Bill. Duke's baptism is held in Chicago, Giuliana promotes breast cancer awareness with local charity groups, and the L.A. housewarming is threatened by furniture delays. 7:00 PM CT Style

9. NCIS: Los Angeles. The U.S economy could be impacted by costumed gunmen committing a strange and brazen heist, and Grangers wants a partnership with Kensi, who is hesitant. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. Take It All. Night two of Howie Mandel's new game show. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Happy Endings Two decades in the mattress business is time for a celebration for Jane and Alex's parents, and Max searches for a new best friend. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. The Muppets accidentally stop three letters from reaching Santa Claus, prompting Kermit and the others to attempt to deliver the letters themselves. Guest appearances include Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, and Nathan Lane. 8:00 PM CT CW

13. New Girl./span> The group tries to go to multiple holiday parties, all in one night, as Jess hopes to avoid Sam, Nick has a hard time keeping up with his sexually adventurous girlfriend, and Winston goes into a panic when he gets a cranberry stuck in his ear. 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. Rizzoli & Isles./span> A microbrewer is killed as the virtual world and real world collide, Angela begins seeing someone new, and Jane and the rest of the crew mentor underprivileged teens. 8:00 PM CT TNT

15. Little People Big World: Wedding Farm./span> The farm is transformed into a Hawaiian paradise for the seasons last wedding, Matt obsesses over creating a flaming volcano, and Zach and Amy make a huge announcement. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Dangerous Grounds./span> The birthplace of coffee. 8:00 PM CT Travel

17. Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. Season finale. Three dancers compete for a Joffrey School of Ballet scholarship. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

18. Tia & Tamera. Tia and Tamera discuss moments from their personal and professional lives. 8:00 PM CT Style

19. Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. Chloe uses James penthouse for a scam while he's in L.A., June tries teaching her about honesty, and James causes a commotion. 8:30 PM CT ABC

20. The Mindy Project. Mindy holds the office Christmas party at her apartment and is excited her colleagues get to finally meet her boyfriend, and Jeremy takes cares of the distribution of holiday bonuses. 8:30 PM CT Fox

21. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls. 8:30 PM CT ESPN

22. Vegas. Lamb realizes there is something wrong about a murdered-showgirl case and it resonates with Katherine, and Savino lures other gamblers to the Savoy with a high roller. 9:00 PM CT CBS

23. Parenthood. Kristina and Adam face a health scare, Jasmine and Crosby celebrate their first family Christmas, Sarah is torn between Mark and Hank, and Ryan and Amber have their first problems. 9:00 PM CT NBC

24. Private Practice. Sheldon finds happiness with a new woman and also more suspicious of a the possible involvement of a patient in Sarah's disappearance. 9:00 PM CT ABC

25. Leverage. The team tries to get their hands on a priceless bottle of wine. 9:00 PM CT TNT

26. In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman. A man's partner is driven crazy by his sexual demands. 9:00 PM CT OWN

27. Million Dollar Decorators. Jeffrey's installation of a multi-million dollar beach house grinds to a halt when he discovers his custom designed rugs are nowhere to be found. With their client returning in 24 hours, Jeffrey and Ross must scramble to finish the job. To add insult to injury for the duo, Mary is up to no good and even tries to steal their client away! 9:00 PM CT Bravo

28. Four Houses: Deck the Halls. In a comparison of holiday decorations, it's designer Marie vs. retired firefighter Kevin and philanthropist Dhonna vs. retail coordinator Jason. 9:00 PM CT TLC

29. NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns. The Browns head to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight are Amanda Seyfried, Natalia Makaroca, AWOLNATION, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards present the Top 10 List. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

Amazing Race 21 – Finale – You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

The Finale this season is basically two episodes – just as I suspected last week. And boy, I can also see why they chose to structure the season the way they did. It was compelling to see the Hairs deal with their passport problems in Russia and it deserved attention. Now we see why it was especially important to focus so deeply on the descent into travel hell experienced by the Goats and Apprentice. It was to set up this stunning finale. And, seriously Race fans, this was a stunning finale, and one of the best ones. And it ended with one of my favorite final tasks in Show history.

And how many sentences can I begin with “and”? Shrunk and White are going to come find me and conk me on the head with a flagpole, just like Lexi. I’m sorry, Lexi, that just doesn’t get old.

Before we talk about what happened and who won, let’s talk a bit about that final task, and in fact, the series of final tasks in the New York leg of the Race. Because I felt that it was old school racing – tough, but simple tasks that featured local customs and icons. Perfect.

Task 1 – Go to Coney Island. Except they only had a postcard of Coney Island to figure it out. This wouldn’t be too tough to do, especially on a plane full of New Yorkers returning from Paris. The teams piled into cabs and made their way to Coney Island. Just a moment, though, to talk about how the Show continues to figure out ways to send teams to places just before they are hit by massive natural disasters – New Orleans, Sri Lanka, etc. Hang in there, Coney Island.

The clue was cleverly hidden. A series of billboards are lined up outside the park. One has in huge letters across the top – “The Amazing” – with “Houdini” on the bottom. Below the top lettering is a small sign saying to “Race to the Brooklyn Navy Yards.” Nice touch. The Amazing + Race. The teams had many troubles trying to figure that one out.

At the Navy Yards, we had Roadblock #1 where one member had to recreate a Houdini move – dangle upside down and try to remove a straight jacket. I assume the jacket was not really tied tightly or else the method of containment seems rather flawed. It was fun watching them do this one and end with a sudden bungee drop. From here, they had to find the “first pizza place in America.” Any good New Yorker will tell you automatically “Lombardi’s” in Manhattan. These teams had to first get an IPhone to look it up before crossing the river.

Here the Race threw me off – I expected an eating challenge a la the pizza in Chicago during the final leg of Season 6. Instead, teams had to deliver 10 pizzas in three groups to three addresses in Little Italy. This sounds daunting to some, but in reality, Little Italy has been reduced to just a few blocks now as Chinatown has essentially grown exponentially it has replaced it. It couldn’t have been too hard to find those addresses. Now, mixing up the pizzas? That’s another story altogether. In fact, I thought that error was going to be the deciding moment of the Race, as what often happens in the final leg where one error leads to a lead which can never be surmounted.

However, that was not the case. Teams were given a swath of cloth with the UN logo and told nothing else. Instantly, I knew it was the UN logo. However, unlike most of the finalists I can actually name more than half of the countries in the world. No surprise the logo escaped them. Once at the iconic building, teams had the traditional memory challenge to wrap up the season. And they saw it coming too, except this time the show had a simple and diabolical twist.

You say goodbye, and I say hello. Slyly, all season long, the greeters at each Pit Stop has said hello to arriving Racers as they hit the mat, and goodbye as they left. Phil has pointed out to each of them that this is how you say hello and goodbye in the native languages. Well, that throwaway bit of info decided the big prize – teams had to raise flags with the hello and goodbyes from each country, in that order, underneath each flag. No one was prepared for this task. They battled until it became dark before one team was able to figure it out and make their way to the Finish Line at Gotham Hall on 36th Street in Manhattan.

Spoiler after the jump…

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Howie Mandel’s New Game Show

Howie Mandel checks in with a new game show on NBC. With America's Got Talent a few months in the can, it's now time for him to go bac k to game shows. Watch Take It All tonight. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Fergie and Nathan Lane are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. How I Met Your Mother. Robin grows suspicious of Barney and Patric's relationship, and Marshall makes an upsetting discovery about his mom. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Voice. The top four perform, as does Michael Bublé. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The team builds a home for a veteran who helps wounded vets get jobs and support when they reenter civilian life. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. 90210. Navid finds out the truth behind Max getting fired, Naomi thinks about her marriage's future, Annie agrees to help Liam set a trap for his blackmailer, and Silver gets upset to find out Teddy wants to be an active parent to their baby. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. American Country Awards. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. NFL Football. Houston Texans at New England Patriots. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

8. 2 Broke Girls. In the first half hour, Max invites her exes the the opening of the new cupcake shop. In the second half hour, Max asks Sophie to be a silent partner in the business, and Caroline and Sophie disagree. 8:00 PM CT CBS

9. Take It All. Series premiere. Howie Mandel is hosting a new game show. 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. Gossip Girl. After Bart becomes increasingly paranoid, Blair becomes worried for Chuck's safety, Chuck makes a deal that could be life-changing, and Nate is led into unexpected territory by his financial troubles. 8:00 PM CT CW

11. Syfy 20th Anniversary Special. In 1992, one channel set out to push the limits of possibility and imagination on television. Now, 20 years later, we're looking back at two decades of broadcasting the history of ideas with a special retrospective on Syfy's past, a look at the present, and a vision of the future! 8:00 PM CT Syfy

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12. Hoarders. A Victorian home is filled with mountains of junk, and a man fills up his house and eight storage units with junk. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The ladies head to Lisa’s food tasting event and Brandi fears she'll run into the waitress who had an affair with her ex-husband! Brandi diverts everyone’s attention by revealing very personal information about Paul and Adrienne, but when Kim tells Adrienne what Brandi revealed, Paul is livid and calls Brandi a bitch to her face, setting off the battle of epic proportions! 8:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The bakers gets asked to create a cake for the A Christmas Story Broadway musical and fight to get the attention of guest judge Peter Billingsley. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. The Layover with Anthony Bourdain. A boat-shaped hotel, Alex Atala's famous D.O.M., Speto, and Mocoto. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Basketball Waives LA. Reunion. 8:00 PM CT VH1

17. Mel Brooks Strikes Back! Appearing onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, this entertainment legend looks back on his remarkable career with the same trademark wit that earned him his success. 8:00 PM CT HBO

18. Hawaii Five-0. An armed man takes McGarrett and a little girl hostage during a camping trip with Grace, and Kono meets Adam's recently-released-from-prison brother. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays. Bublé is joined by Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, and Carly Rae Jepsen. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Intervention. A crack addiction threatens to separate a businessman from his career and family, and a 19-year-old abuses bath salts to make her troubles. 9:00 PM CT A&E

21. Dateline on OWN. A case that has gone unsolved for years. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Cake Boss. In the first half hour, Buddy creates cakes, one to wow U.S. Army troops in Times Square and the other troops in Afghanistan. In the second half hour, Buddy is challenged to make a magic-themed cake with no instructions, only a prediction that will be locked until it's removed from inside the cake. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Hotel Impossible. A struggling ranch resort that once was a stop for celebrities is renovated. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

24. Love Gams: Bad Girls Need Love Too. The guys' exes visit the house, and lies could ruin Camilla's date. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. Teen Mom 2. Leah meets a goodlooking guy, Chelsea and Adam split, Jenelle is looking at possible jail time, and Kail and Jordan start having issues. 9:00 PM CT MTV

26. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Matt Damon, Chris Pratt, and Of Monsters and Men are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

The Amazing Race, Dec. 9 – “You Just Can’t Quit”

The timeframe between the final four teams on The Amazing Race seems pretty tight, meaning it can literally be anyone's race to win tonight on the finale. With a two-hour episode, there will be at least one flight, if not two, meaning everyone stands the chance of being completely caught up with each other.

The smart choice for winners would be either Trey and Lexi or Chippendale dancers Jaymes and James, but depending on the final challenges, I wouldn't be shocked seeing The Beekman Boys Brent and Josh or Sisters Natalie and Nadiya taking it, even though the twins will need to get through a Speed Bump on the way.

The first team to leave Mallorca, Spain, are Trey and Lexi at 9:32 AM. Their clue tells them to make their way to Barcelona, then make their way to Loire Valley in France to get their next clue sitting on a Ford Escape. Trey mentions their alliance with sisters Natalie and Nadiya, yet says they're racing for a million dollars, so will do whatever it takes to get to the final three.

Jaymes and James leave at 9:46 AM. They admit they struggled throughout the Race, but they have been hungry all along. They had a reason to win this Race. Jaymes' father has cancer, and he needs to save the day for him. James' mom has spent her life taking care of special needs kids, and he thinks ti's time for someone to take care of her.

The Beekmans leave at 10:27. Josh thinks if they make it to the final three, it will blow their minds just as much as everyone else's, as they've been hanging on by the edge of their teeth since the beginning.

The Sisters are the last to leave at 11:14 AM. They think it's amazing to be in the final four with their two favorite teams since the beginning, that being the Chippendales and James2. They think they can rely on them to help them through this leg of the Race to get through their Speed Bump. They think the Beekmans have hung around for a reason, but they're about to take a spot out.

All four teams fly to Barcelona, then hop on a train to France. The Sisters think they want this more than the Beekmans, and they have a “secret pow wow” with the other two teams, creating a “Dream Team” designed to knock the goat farmers out of the Race on this final elimination. The team grows silent once they realize the Beekmans are sitting behind them and listening.

Josh mentions they have reached a mental decision point once they realized there really was an official alliance against them. These people that they thought were so nice were actually working against them. It reminds the two of them of being in high school again. They believe it's hard for some people to keep their perspective of needing to run the Race for themselves, and either they can be demoralized by that, or let it motivate them.

The four teams reach France and take off to look for the Escapes. The clue tells them to pick up eight empty crates from a cafe, use the hands-free liftgate on the Escape to kick it open to load the crates, then kick it again to close it. Apparently we're selling Escapes tonight. They'll drive to Chateau de Villandry to look for a stone dog and their next clue.

James2 are working to figure out what it means to kick the liftgate open on the Escape. It seems you just have to kick anywhere on the bumper to get it to work. It's a pretty cool feature, although I think I would get more use out of the cars with the parallel-parking aid that they featured last season. Brent has decided he wants one of these if they win the million dollars.

While the Dream Team work together to find directions, the Beekmans just sit tight and wait to follow the leader. Of course we know the Monster Truckers would have chosen to go their own way, even if it meant getting eliminated. Trey and Lexi end up leading the pack. Like Brent, James is in the new-car mode, but instead of buying one, he is hoping to win one if they come in first, as he wants to give it to his mom, as she's needed one for awhile and walks to work. He thinks she should have that convenience at her age.

The Sisters mention the Beekmans sneaking up from behind, while Brent is finding this new attention on them kind of flattering. All this time they were thinking the others didn't see them as a threat. They're just going to let the others stir in their nerves. The Sisters mention that all this time they “thought the gays weren't a threat,” but now they're just riding their coat tails. They can't believe everything could be compromised by them.

The first three teams stop to coordinate their directions, and the Sisters yell out that they need to lose the Beekmans. It doesn't work, as all four teams reach the Chateau to start searching for the Stone Dog. Not speaking French, the three girls are yelling “woof, woof, woof” at the people behind a chained-off area, and pantomiming dog paws with their hands.

Josh walks up and knows how to speak in French. Suddenly James2 are scared to be in France and know the team they're trying to lose speaks French. James calls it another card up their sleeves. Suddenly Josh is running as fast as them, too. Jaymes thought Josh was hurt, but now he seems to have a bionic ankle as he runs through the gardens to reach the stone dog and the clue.

Project Runway All-Stars 2: Green Designs for the Red Carpet

Last week, on Project Runway, the designers had to craft androgynous avant-garde looks that could literally be worn by either a man or a woman.  This meant they each had to make two outfits, one for a male model and one of a female model.  Emilio won and Kayne was sent home.

It’s the next morning and the designers meet Carolyn at The Highline, a park which used to be an elevated railway line (and still has visible railroad tracks.)  The railway had originally been slated for demolition, but it was converted to a park instead– an example of large-scale recycling.  Carolyn then introduces the designers to Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the park’s founders.

The three of them then describe the challenge:  Male a garment that is both environmentally friendly and suitable for a red carpet event.  The designers will all use AirDye fabric as the basis for their designs.  AirDye fabrics have been made with no water or power.  As the name suggests, air is used to help the dye penetrate the fabric.  (Conventional dying techniques can use several dozen gallons of water per pound of clothing.)

Carolyn has brought several swatches of cloth, and invites Emilio, last week’s winner, to take first pick.  He picks a scarlet cloth.  He then invites Casanova to choose next.  Althea is last and gets stuck with a reversible pink and blue fabric that doesn’t look particularly suitable for a red carpet look.

After the designers have made their selections, Carolyn explains the rest of the challenge.  In keeping with the green theme, the designers will recycle embellishments and trims from past challenges, so there will be no trip to Mood.  Diane von Furstenberg will be the guest judge, and Carolyn will wear the winning design to a red carpet event.

The designers then take the traditional thirty minutes to sketch.  Ivy plans to make a draped dress, and she’d picked the bright gold color because it reminded her of the sun.  Uli likes working with bright colors, and Althea plans to make a dress that is both form-fitted and draped.

Back at Parson’s, the designers find their chosen fabrics waiting for them, plus a collection of trims and embellishments.  Cue the mad dash as everybody tries to get something they can use for their look.  Everybody, that is, except Anthony Ryan, who believes a good red carpet dress should be able to stand on its own without a lot of razzle-dazzle.

As the designers work, Emilio notes that his pretty scarlet chiffon is flimsy, so he decides to make an undergarment.  Uli finds that her blue fabric is darker than it had appeared in the sunlight, and is glad she was able to get a lot of trim that she can use to liven it up.  Laura talks about how Diane is her idol, and how she plans to make wide-legged pants with her print.  Ivy is making an asymmetrical gown.  She’s worried about time constraints, because her failure to complete a look was the reason for her elimination during Season 8.

Joanna comes in to make her rounds, and she starts with Laura, who shows her a sketch of a look involving wide-legged pants.  Joanna applauds Emilio’s color choice, saying it’s perfect for the red carpet.  She also likes the bright blue that Anthony Ryan has picked for his look.  Althea is making something with exposed shoulders.  Joanna questions Joshua’s choice of colors.  She notes that Casanova is using a print and is impressed by Ivy’s “clear vision.”  She sees that Uli is adding trim to her look.

Ivy may have a “clear vision,” but she’s apparently bitten off more than she can chew, as she’s cutting pieces for her garment when the models come in for their fitting.  Ivy has nothing for her model to try on.  Uh-oh.  Althea and Emilio are also feeling the time crunch.  Later on, back at the apartment, the designers talk about their clients in the outside world, that have included people like the Kardashians.

On the day of the runway show, the designers get back to work.  Emilio and Ivy are both very far behind on their work and end up taking all kinds of short cuts so their models will have something to wear.  Ivy cuts her dress short, and Emilio skips hemming.  He knows it looks sloppy.  The models come in for their final fitting, followed by hair and make-up.

On the runway, Carolyn introduces Diane von Furstenberg, who is the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Joshua is up first.  He made an a one-shouldered dark green dress with an asymmetrical bottom.  Uli made a blue print mini-dress trimmed with blue feathers.  The feathers also serve as a shoulder piece holding the dress in place.

Althea’s pink and blue dress doesn’t look too bad from the front.  But from the back… what was she smoking?!  She cut the skirt very short in the back and then apparently sewed or pinned a bunch of cloths there.  She also draped a pink piece over her shoulders almost like a shawl.  The effect looks both cheap and bedraggled.

Casanova made a sleeveless, floor-length gown out of a pink and red print with a patchwork design.  He added a bright scarlet liner to the skirt.  Anthony Ryan made a draped, sleeveless blue dress.  It’s floor-length with a plunging back and a v-neck.  It is also very voluminous.

Ivy made a sleeveless gold mini-dress.  It’s got diagonal pleats down the front.  The back is exposed, and the fabric in the back looks ill-fitting:  too tight over the model’s rear and too loose around the back.  There’s also a train attached to one side

Laura used a salmon, blue, and cream print with an abstract pattern.  She made a jumpsuit with very wide-legged, billowing pants.  It has a plunging back and a narrow v-neck in the front.  Emilio made a scarlet, floor-length gown.  It’s shoulder-less, but has a silver strap holding it in place.  More silver trims the top.

Carolyn then calls Joshua and Casanova and tells them they are safe.  Everybody else has to face the judges.  They start with Anthony Ryan, who wanted to make a dress with a Southern flavor.  Diane likes the design and thinks it looks both comfortable and elegant.  Carolyn likes the color, but not the fact she could see the model’s bra peeking through.

Ivy talks about how she’d been inspired by the sun.  Isaac hates the look, going so far as to say it was the worst the fabric has ever looked.  Carolyn says it is definitely not something she’d wear.  Georgina says the dress looks heavy.  Diane thinks Ivy had a good idea– but the execution was lacking.

Emilio tells the judges that he was drawn by the bright scarlet color of his look.  Diane told him the lining of the dress was a problem.  She also doesn’t think the silver trim was necessary.

Uli shows off her design.  Isaac says he doesn’t usually like a dress if this type, but Uli’s dress is an exception.  He says it looks great.  Diane applauds her skill in manipulating the feathers.  Georgina thinks the back of the dress looks a bit unfinished.

When it’s Althea’s turn, Carolyn says the dress doesn’t make sense.  Diane says it looks like Marie Antoinette meets Frederick’s of Hollywood, but adds that Althea shows considerable skill.  Georgina says she could see that Althea had trouble with the fabric, which is a difficult one to use.

Last up is Laura, who says she likes long, flowy designs.  Diane calls the look a pajama palazzo and says it’s well done.  In fact, she loves it.  Isaac likes the print, and Georgina advises Laura to watch her proportions, as the look makers the model look a bit wide in the waist, and women generally don’t want that.

Afterwards, the judges have their chat.  Uli’s look was playful, while Anthony Ryan’s look was elegant.  Laura did a good job making her pajama palazzo.  As for the designers they didn’t like, Emilio’s gown looked unfinished, but the color was extraordinary.  Althea’s dress was well-made, but looked old.  Ivy had a good idea, but executed it poorly.

Carolyn then announces that Anthony Ryan is safe.  She then asks Diane to announce the winner– and it’s Laura.  Carolyn adds that she can’t wait to wear Laura’s design.  Uli and Emilio are safe, while Ivy and Althea are in the bottom.  Althea is out, so Ivy is in.

Next week:  The designers face the dreaded “unconventional materials” challenge and have to make clothes out of Christmas ornaments.

Top Chef: Seattle – Episode 5 – The One Where No One Could Cook

This episode goes to show you that even the best of the best have really bad days sometimes. You know those days in your job when nothing goes right and disaster seems to follow disaster? Well, our merry band of chefs had one of those days right there in Pike’s Place Market. It was so bad that Tom had to disgustedly march into the Stew Room and take the $10,000 prize off the table – no one made a dish worthy of victory. And in addition, instead of one elimination, both members of the losing pair would be sent packing. They were just that bad.

Now, I’ve made my share of terrible dishes before. Because, you know, I’m just not good. I also remember my mom accidentally seasoning her mushrooms with cinnamon. We all make mistakes. The interesting thing is that the chefs didn’t seem to think it was the same kind of disaster that the judges felt it was. Is that the arrogance that comes from being a great chef? Perhaps. But they had to know this wasn’t their best effort. Unless they were failing to taste as the food was being made, they had to know the taste just wasn’t right.

I think what made it worse for Tom and the judges was that the artisans who made the key ingredients were there for the tasting. It was like a parent being embarrassed by their usually well-behaved children during a public outing. The judges felt bad that the artisans did not have their creations properly respected, and they were pissed that they just had this happen on their show. The result was a nobody’s safe feeling as the Judges Table was delayed for a day.

When the dust settled, we had a case where someone cool or interesting was going to be sent knives a-packin. The duos of Thumb/Brooke, CJ/The Wiz, and OTV/Monkey were chosen as the worst of the worst. That meant that one of the returning chefs would go, good-looking Brooke, or the two hotheads who had garnered so much attention early on. Personally, I thought the hotheads were safe all along – I just couldn’t see that building rivalry being snuffed out so soon. The show had built up the Real Housewife early on before she was cut, I couldn’t see it happening again. So, I was resigned to the fact that we would lose a returnee, and stunningly the first one cut would not be Josie.

Where did it go wrong? The challenge was to take some unorthodox artisan snacks and incorporate them into a meal. Thumb and Brooke had rose petals to use – something very sweet and delicate. They chose to make duck and include cabbage – however, the sweetness of the cabbage, coupled with the sweet main ingredient, just made it too much. Thumb made the cabbage, and thus became the main reason the dish failed. That makes a few challenges so far where Thumb has faltered – a stark contrast to his season where he dominated more often than not.

CJ has played this season with far more confidence than he did in Season 3, and it has not served him well. He’s also found himself in the bottom more than the top. This time, when given the spicy dill pickle as his team’s ingredient, he totally misread the challenge. He thought Tom would ding him for not making a burger, because it is the traditionally best way to highlight a pickle’s flavor. Of course, everyone else – including The Wiz – saw the fallacy here. Tom would see it as a safe, copout dish. The Wiz had suggested making a soup – but CJ, and his burgeoning confidence, shot it down instantly. The Wiz let himself get walked over, so he is also at fault here. The result? Tom hated the decision to make the burger – “How freakin’ original!”

The battling boys of OTV and Monkey amusingly would up paired together during the pair-ups for the Quickfire, and thus had to continue working together during the Elimination. They both, independently of each other, decided to tone it down a bit and try to work together. They each deferred to one another; they each chose to back down from their instincts simply to avoid conflict. And as a result, their dish sucked. Monkey made some awful grits and served them to grit-expert Monobrow. OTV didn’t care for the cut of meat but didn’t speak up, and as a result, the meat wasn’t good. These two may annoy, they may yell and scream, but that’s who they are. It is that passion that makes them who they are, and in turn, what makes their food so good. Absent that passion, they have mediocrity.

In the end, CJ and The Wiz got the axe, and as much as I enjoy CJ’s wit, he really did have it coming. The Wiz seems as if he could have been fun over time, but we never really got a chance to get to know him. I am pleased for him that he is newly sober and hope for the best for him, but as far as good television is concerned, I’d rather keep the others. Even if it means more weeks of Monkey’s stupid forehead glasses.

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – Come Dance with Me

I apologize for the lateness of the list. UVerse has not been my friend this week. At any rate, there isn't a whole lot of Christmas programming on for Saturday, other than the weekend Hallmark movies. Tonight, Andrew McCarthy stars in Come Dance with Me, but I'm too stuck on St. Elmo's Fire and can only see him with Ally Sheedy. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

2. Undercover Boss. The CEO of PostNet goes undercover in his own company. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Last Man Standing. Mike is forced to explain the circle of life to Boyd after he brings home a duck he shot and wants to have it for dinner. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. Nikita. Michael and Nikita nab an arms dealer and decide to use him as bait to get Amanda, Birkhoff closes in on Amanda's mole, and Alex starts to unravel. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. Kitchen Nightmares. Chef Gordon Ramsay lends his help to a Massachusetts restaurant. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Monsters Inside Me. An infection causes a man to suddenly develop a swollen face and yellow eyes and shuts down his organs. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

7. College Football. NCAA FCS Division I Quarterfinal. Sam Houston State at Montana State. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

8. Malibu Country. Reba works on getting dirt on Bobby's past from a former bandmate, and Cash ends up grounded for snaking out and helping his sister.. 7:30 PM CT ABC

9. CSI: NY. An owner of a speakeasy is murdered, and $10,000 disappears. Adam gets a day off. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. Fringe. Olivia tries to locate an important piece of equipment for Walter, and Peter is in danger watching Windmark. 8:00 PM CT Fox

11. Killer Karaoke. Contestants sing while being sadistically manipulated, and amidst mystery boxes filled with unknown bugs. 8:00 PM CT truTV

12. Married to the Army: Alaska. In the first half hour, a suicide bombing, an accidental fire tests Traci and Blair's friendship, and Rynn breaks down. In the second half hour, Traci's friendship with Sara is ruined by bad behavior, Lindsey gets ready for the Army Ball, and Blair learns a difficult lesson. 8:00 PM CT OWN

13. Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. In the first half hour, Kymberly sends one of her bridesmaids to the bathroom in tears, and another bride fights her mom/matron of honor over a sequined dress. In the second half hour, Courtney finds out family won't always be on her side, another bride has a difficult time getting her bridesmaids' opinions, and a bride tries to decide if a “fascinator” piece should stay on her bridesmaids' dresses. 8:00 PM CT TLC

14. Ghost Adventures. The “crazy water” in a Texas town could have led to a hotel becoming haunted. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Restless. Based on award-winning British novelist William Boyd’s book and script, the series depicts the thrilling story of a daughter who discovers that her mother was recruited as a spy during World War II. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

16. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder. 8:30 PM CT ESPN

17. Blue Bloods. Linda hears a shooting victim reveal who was behind the crime, and Jamie is gets very upset when Henry is mugged. 9:00 PM CT CBS

18. Dateline NBC. A newlywed's murder leads to an investigation that moves from the widow to a possible serial killer. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. 20/20. Holiday survival guide. 9:00 PM CT ABC

20. Haven. Audrey awakens to find Haven deserted and the town’s residents asleep – except for one man. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

21. Brides of Beverly Hills. In the first half hour, A young widow and a bride who believes she looks like Angelina Jolie find their dream dresses. In the second half hour, a young bride brings her rich, older fiancé along to help choose a dress, and a bride brings her fiancé's ex. 9:00 PM CT TLC

22. The Dead Files. Volunteers fear for their safety at a North Carolina arts center. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

23. Hunted. Season finale. Sam fails to kill Jack Turner and is exposed as a spy. 9:00 PM CT Cinemax

24. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests are Dustin Hoffman and One Direction. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Saturday

1. College Basketball. Arkansas at Michigan. 11:00 AM CT CBS

2. College Football. NCAA FCS Division I Quarterfinal, Georgia Southern at Old Dominion. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

3. College Basketball. Portland at Kentucky. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

4. College Basketball. Colorado at Kansas. 1:00 PM CT ESPN2

5. College Football. From Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Army vs. Navy. 2:00 PM CT CBS

6. College Basketball. Duke vs. Temple. 2:15 PM CT ESPN

7. Golf. Second Round of Franklin Templeton Shootout from Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL 3:00 PM CT NBC

8. College Basketball. Virginia Tech at West Virginia. 3:00 PM CT ESPN 2

9. College Basketball. UCLA at Texas. 4:15 PM CT ESPN

10. College Basketball. Wisconsin at Marquette. 6:00 PM CT ESPN 2

11. 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

12. American Giving Awards. Glenn Close receives the AGA Leadership award. Anthony Anderson, Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, Jenna Elfman, Jenna Fischer, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Gary Sinise will be presenters, and Colbie Caillat, Darius Rucker, and Lifehouse with Natash Bedingfield will perform. 7:00 PM CT NBC

13. The Borrowers. A scientist tries to trap a miniature family that lives beneath a house's floorboards. 7:00 PM CT ABC

14. UFC: Henderson vs. Diaz. Bouts include Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz, Alexander Gustafsson vs. Muaricio Rua, Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn, Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick. 7:00 PM CT Fox

15. Come Dance with Me. Jack is trying to impress the firm’s president, Drew Clayton, in hopes of a promotion. However, Jack is dating Demi Clayton, who happens to be Drew’s daughter. Her mother doesn’t necessarily approve of Jack either, yet he still plans on proposing. Trying to create the perfect proposal, Jack signs up for dance lessons, hoping to propose at Drew's lavish annual Christmas Dance. But when sparks start to fly between Jack and his dance instructor, he needs to make some decisions. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

16. Mario & Courtney's Wedding Fiesta. Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza are caught on tape planning their wedding. 7:00 PM CT TLC

17. Too Cute! A pit bull puppy learning to walk, Chinese Crested puppies checking out a turtle, and a newborn Collie in need of overcoming her shyness. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

18. 2012 Heisman Trophy Presentation. Arizona at Clemson. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

19. College Basketball. Arizona at Clemson. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

20. 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

21. 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

22. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. Charles wants to move in with Tim, Robbie finds out she needs surgery on her vocal chords, and Ike gets a surprise visitor. 8:00 PM CT OWN

23. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera: Unveiled. The mother of the bride threatens to leave, and it leads to a meltdown. 8:00 PM CT WE

24. Sinners and Saints. A greedy insurance salesman woks a con on an old farm, trying to con him out of a rare violin. Greg Kinnear and alarm Arkin star. 8:00 PM CT Starz

25. 48 Hours. A killer is harassed by his victim's mom. 9:00 PM CT CBS

26. Wedding Band. Tommy loses Courtney Love's instruments after a run-in with another band and has to find them. 9:00 PM CT TBS

27. Gary Gulman: In This Economy. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

28. Iyanla, Fix My Life. A friendship between popular bloggers ends thanks to jealousy and backstabbing. 9:00 PM CT OWN

29. College Basketball. Illinois at Gonzaga. 9:00 PM CT ESPN 2

30. Saturday Night Live. Jamie Foxx guest hosts, and Ne-Yo is the musical guest. 10:30 PM CT NBC