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.
“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?
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.