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TV best bets with series finale of ‘Monk,’ return of ‘Scrubs,’ ‘Intervention,’ new series with Jesse Ventura, Steven Seagal

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While CBS is running mostly repeats, there are still plenty of new and returning shows and classic Christmas specials to tide you over as we enter the busy holiday season.

We bid farewell to the most neurotic yet lovable cop on TV on Friday after 123 episodes: “Monk.” It’s a show that helped solidify USA’s hold on cable dramas that once would have fit nicely on, say, NBC.

And surprisingly, ABC is bringing back “Scrubs” for a ninth season Tuesday while A&E is returning with some of its most popular shows including “Hoarders,” “Intervention” and “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” plus a new reality show starring Steven Seagal. Yes, that Steven Seagal.

Plus, fans of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” should expect a blow-out season finale Tuesday with plenty of gritty mayhem and bloodshed.

And if you were expecting to catch the “Charlie Brown Christmas” special at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC, well, that’s not going to happen because Pres. Obama decided to schedule a speech on Afghanistan. The “Disney Prep & Landing” at 8:30 p.m. has been pushed back a week as well.

On NBC, a two-hour “The Biggest Loser” has been pushed back an hour, preempting “Jay Leno.” CBS is airing 30 minutes of the speech, then going to an “NCIS” repeat, followed by a “Two and a Half Men” repeat. Fox is also hedging its bets by scheduling Obama’s speech for only 30 minutes, then airing the two-hour “So You Think You Can Dance” late. cutting into the 10 p.m. news.

MONDAY
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8 p.m. ABC — Your heart will grow three sizes after you watch this again.
“Heroes” 8 p.m. NBC — Samuel’s master plan starts to take shape.
“House”8 p.m. Fox — Cuddy asks Wilson questions about real estate because she sure doesn’t trust House.
“Cake Boss” 9 p.m. TLC — The heavyweights have an eating contest.
“Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E (eighth season debut) — Another addict, another intervention. Linda’s on pain killers.
“Hoarders” 10 p.m. A&E (second season debut) — First season was a success. Bring back more!
Pawn Stars” 10 p.m. History (second season debut) — How does a guy prove a key chain once belonged to Willie Nelson?
TUESDAY
Presidential Address” 8 p.m. ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, news channels — Pres. Obama talks Afghanistan.
The Biggest Loser” 9 p.m. NBC — The final four contestants run a marathon.
“Scrubs”9 p.m. ABC (ninth season debut) — Comcast, as of 9:20 a.m. Monday morning, has a Children’s Healthcare special set at this time but I just spoke with WSB-TV. The local affiliate moved that special to Wednesday at 8 p.m., pre-empting a “Modern Family” repeat. So “Scrubs,” featuring some of the original cast teaching four new med students, will air as scheduled here.
“The Bad Girls Club” 10 p.m. Oxygen (fourth season debut) — Seven new, polite, sweet ladies sit around, giggle and drink sweet tea. Or not.
The Hills” 10 p.m. MTV (fifth season finale) — With ratings down, it’s clear the “Speidi” phenomenon is on its downward ebb.
Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX (90-minute second season finale) — The SAMCRO/Zobelle battle gets ever more violent.
“Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” 10 p.m. CBS – The truly lamest excuse to parade skinny women in lingerie down a runway.
Sherri” 10 p.m. Lifetime (first season finale) — Sherri is actually pondering dumping current beau Randy for the ex Kevin.
WEDNESDAY
Christmas in Rockefeller Center” 8 p.m. NBC — Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble and Alicia Keys are among the singers
Dog the Bounty Hunter” A&E (sixth season debut) — Dog works on the anniversary of his daughter’s death.
Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura” 10 p.m. TruTV (new series) — Ventura explores conspiracy theories to see how they hold up to deeper investigation.
Steven Seagal: Lawman” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — Seagal is a cop. Really. He has a genuine badge!
Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo (part one, season finale) — Favorite Kevin Gillespie (Atlanta’s Woodfire Grill) faces off against the two bros and Jennifer.
Launch My Line” 11 p.m. Bravo (new series) — In yet another “Project Runway” substitute, ten folks in other professions (choreography, architect, DJ) work with ten pros (including Atlanta native Susan Brunet) to launch a new clothing line.

THURSDAY
Flash Forward” 8 p.m. ABC — This snoozer better show some life tonight: Demetri goes to Hong Kong to find the woman who knows about his future murder.
Private Practice” 9 p.m. ABC (back-to-back episodes) — Addison bonds with dad (Stephen Collins) over an intricate surgery.
The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Ten years ago, Michael promised college scholarships to kids who graduated high school. It’s time to pay up, bub!
Ace of Cakes” 10 p.m. Food (eighth season debut) — The staff makes a cake shaped like a Christmas stocking.
BBQ Pit Masters” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Barbecue teams vie for $40,000 in Nevada.
Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV (new series) — Italian Americans are already protesting this show about young Jersey folks partying at the beach.

FRIDAY
Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation” 8 p.m. ABC— Vanessa Williams hosts a look back at 75 years of Disney filmmaking.
Dollhouse” 8 p.m. Fox (two-hour episode) — Echo has to prevent Sen. Daniel Perrin from exposing Dollhouse secrets.
The Ghost Whisperer” 8 p.m. CBS — Did a student die of a skateboarding accident or at the hands of a cop? Melinda seeks the truth.
Monk” 9 p.m. USA (series finale) — Monk finally hunts down Trudy’s killer.
Stargate Universe” 9 p.m. SyFy (first season winter finale) — Col. Young is a suspect in a possible murder and cedes command.
White Collar” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — Neal becomes a suspect in a clever jewelry heist.
WEEKEND
Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle” 8 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — A nanny (Doris Roberts) plays like Jo Frost and helps a frazzled widower with his kids.
12 Men of Christmas” 9 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Kristin Chenowith stars as a New York PR exec who escapes to a small town.
Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”) hosts.
The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (season finale) — Big Easy gave up on a word puzzle and blew $1 million last week. (Yes, the answer is FRANZ!) The final three get down and dirty as they vie for $1 million.
Alice” 9 p.m. SyFy — A martial-arts instructor lands in a strange parallel universe.
Shatner’s Raw Nerve” 10 p.m. Bio (second season debut) — Rush Limbaugh gets cross-examined by William Shatner.
Dexter” 10 p.m. Showtime — Charlie and Marcy’s divorce is final.

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20 comments Add your comment

whateverboo

November 30th, 2009
2:21 am

Aww…Monk, the only show that I ever watched faithfully from season one until the final eighth season. I will definitely miss this show and the unforgettable characters!! Now all I have left is Psych :-)

BigJake

November 30th, 2009
3:24 am

I will miss the obsessive, compulsive, detective. The show was always enjoyable, and it will be missed. I am glad they are able to wrap it up with a conclusion, as opposed to many shows where the viewers are left hanging. I wonder if Natalie Teegar needs a new assignment…hmnnn…lol

Meatball

November 30th, 2009
4:58 am

Thanks for mentioning that Scrubs is returning this Tuesday. However, our ABC affiliate in Atlanta is preempting the first half of the debut for a special on Children’s Healthcare.

Hannah

November 30th, 2009
5:07 am

Meatball, are you serious?!?! Ughhhh, they do that all the time! Sure, sure, children’s healthcare is important, but can’t they find a time to show the special that doesn’t interrupt my favorite show?!?! lol

Meatball

November 30th, 2009
7:11 am

Hannah, yah, I’m serious. At least, the TV Guide and Comcast DVR all say that the first half is being preempted. They are showing the second episode of season 9 at 930pm and the first episode Wednesday morning at 205am.

Durney

November 30th, 2009
8:05 am

That’s exactly why I subscribe to the generic east coast local stations feed rather than the local Atlanta ones. Besides all the censorship here, they do crap like show lame drought specials or bulldog specials or this stupid healthcare special. I just avoid that and watch what everyone else in the east coast is watching. Trust me, you’re not going to learn anything anyways, Atlanta is more of a toot it’s own horn kind of a town rather than actually have anything of substance.

Rodney Ho

November 30th, 2009
9:22 am

Hannah, Durney, Meatball— Good news, “Scrubs” fans: I just spoke with WSB-TV. They are going to air “Scrubs” as scheduled at 9 p.m., moving the Children’s Healthcare special to 8 p.m. Wednesday, pre-empting a “Modern Family” repeat. They said they didn’t know at first that “Scrubs” was going to air at that time. They try to insert local specials to replace repeats, not new episodes.

Tomc

November 30th, 2009
10:45 am

I can’t believe no mention of “Crash”, the great Starz drama

Meatball

November 30th, 2009
12:39 pm

Wow! Thanks for the good news Rodney!

Mark

November 30th, 2009
3:16 pm

Crash is horrible. It’s way too predictable and so low budgeted it shows in the poor acting. I guess it’s decent for teenagers that don’t want to think, but it’s definitely not up to par yet with the Showtime or HBO shows. They are trying though, I give them that. We need more uncensored cable shows.

yamama

November 30th, 2009
5:08 pm

Steven Seagal says…I’ll take you to the bank…the blood bank

Hannah

November 30th, 2009
6:53 pm

Rodney Ho, you’re my hero!! I got so irritated last season, they did it two or three times during new episodes of Scrubs. Durney, one of them was for a drought special, you called it. And Meatball, I’m glad I don’t have to get up at 2 in the morning to watch it!

Viewer

December 1st, 2009
3:08 pm

RODNEY!!! – You said: “‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,’ 10 p.m. CBS – The truly lamest excuse to parade skinny women in lingerie down a runway.”

WHAT??? Lame? It’s a very artful and appreciated show. Makes me wonder about you!

Seriously

December 1st, 2009
3:11 pm

Jersey Shore? Really a show about Jersey rednecks going to a beach house. MTV has been dead for a while, but this could be the lowest it has gone. I am guessing they paid these guys 50 dollars a day plus an 8ball of coke.

Bill

December 1st, 2009
3:28 pm

Charlie and Marcy are characters from Californication, not Dexter…

scarcarsister

December 2nd, 2009
9:30 am

monk,psych, sons of anarchy,project runway, top chef, these are shows worthy of paying the cable bill. the only problem is the length of the commercials. during the sons of anarchy 1 1/2 hour finale 27 minutes of commercials and about crap like cialis or small bladders. at least make the 27 minutes of commercials decent enough to watch or add the 27 minutes to the show (an original idea?).

Tony

December 2nd, 2009
1:18 pm

I hate to see Monk go. I hope the character survives to do a few made-for-TV movies (a la Perry Mason, Matlock, etc.). Like others, Monk has been a favorite since it debuted, with seldom a weak episode. It’s too bad more shows can’t be that endearing — or that good.

Rob

December 3rd, 2009
8:38 pm

WSB deciding to air it and all was great but for those of us with DVR’s and out of town missed the season premiere because the TV listings were never updated. DirecTV had the premiere listed on at 2AM but when I went to watch, I got a hurricane or weather special.

Rodney Ho

December 4th, 2009
9:19 am

Rob: I told WSB to inform Comcast and update their DVR listings but perhaps they didn’t tell DirectTV.

Broambimamp

December 23rd, 2009
5:04 am

Can you guide on a high definition review website. I got this from my friend looks ok

High definition camera

Bob