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TV best bets with Christmas films galore and ‘Million Dollar Money Drop”

Kevin Pollak hosts a new Fox game show "Million Dollar Money Drop."

Kevin Pollak hosts a new Fox game show "Million Dollar Money Drop."

This is the quietest week of the year for TV, which mean plenty of classic Christmas films and not a lot of fresh programming. Seriously, who is watching anything this week besides a football game or two?

The most notable new show this week is a game show on Fox that airs all week as the network is hoping it gets the next “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” with “Million Dollar Money Drop.”

But if you insist, here are highlights for the week:

MONDAY
“Million Dollar Money Drop” 8 p.m. Fox (new series) — Contestants start with $1 million but answer questions wrong and the dollars start “dropping” out of sight. Episodes will also air the rest of the week.
“The Sing-Off” 8 p.m. NBC (two-hour second season finale) —Surprisingly robust ratings have buoyed NBC execs. Committed is the early favorite to win it all.
The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Brenda gets some interesting news from her visiting parents.
Hoarders” 10 p.m. A&E — A teenage hoarder tries to break the cycle from her mom.
“Men of a Certain Age” 10 p.m. TNT — Joe dates two women at the same time.
“Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It” 10:30 p.m. VH1 (first season finale) — Somehow, his “real” life isn’t as fun as his former guilty pleasure “Rock of Love.”
“Perfect Couples” 10 p.m. NBC (sneak preview) — This relationships comedy isn’t set to debut until January, but the network is giving viewers an early look.

TUESDAY
“Skating With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Is anybody paying attention to this? Ratings prove not many.
Modern Marvels” 8 p.m. History — The show examines powerful machines operated by humans that require specialized training .
“Dirty Jobs” 9 p.m. Discovery — A best-of recap.
What Not To Wear” 9 p.m. TLC (new time slot) — An aspiring attorney is a defensive fashion offender.
“Auction Hunters” 10 p.m. Spike (first season finale) — Among the possibilities: a 1901 Winchester shotgun and a 1940s penny arcade game.
Glory Daze” 10 p.m. TBS — The boys tidy up when a national-chapter adviser arrives.
E! True Hollywood Story” 10 p.m. E1 — The subject: Sarah Ferguson.
WEDNESDAY
A Home For the Holidays” 8 p.m. CBS — This annual fund raiser for foster kids features Nelly, Melissa Etheridge and (shockingly!) Katy Perry.
“Top Ten Monks” 8 p.m. HBO2— A profile of Cistercian monks who became a worldwide musical sensation.
“Human Target” 8 p.m. Fox— The team protects a seemingly ordinary family from murder.
“Undercovers” 8 p.m. NBC — The latest caper forces Steven to work with his estranged brother.
“Mythbusters” 9 p.m. Discovery (eighth season finale) — Kari, Grant and Tory try to see if one can really “slap some sense” into someone.
Throwdown With Bobby Flay” 9 p.m. Food (ninth season debut) — Flay goes up against a beef empanada specialist.
E! True Hollywood Story” 10 p.m. E! — Tonight’s subject: Gwyneth Paltrow.
Psych” 10 p.m. USA (fifth season finale) — Mr. Yin resurfaces and kidnaps a woman. Ally Sheedy guests.
Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — The chefs make a dish without traditional kitchen tools.
THURSDAY
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8 p.m. ABC — If you have a heart, this never gets old.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — A repeat of the funny, sweet Christmas episode.
“Police Women of Dallas” 9 p.m. TLC (fourth season finale) — Tracy referees a fight between a security guard and a belligerent young women.
“Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” 10 p.m. History — This best-selling novelist has a real thirst for looking behind the world’s secret symbols, codes and conspiracy theories.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” 10 p.m. Bravo — Camille and Kyle meet again after their most recent clash. Don’t expect any knitted brows, though. They don’t exist in Beverly Hills.
“Pranked” 10 p.m. MTV — A girl unknowingly dyes her hair purple.
FRIDAY
“Disney Prep & Landing” 8 p.m. ABC — This is only a year old so it’s too early to deem it a “classic.” Dave Foley voices a veteran elf passed over for promotion.
Love Actually” 8 p.m. Lifetime — This 2003 film is becoming an annual rite for romantics.
“Miracle on 34th Street” 8 p.m. AMC — Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.
It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m. NBC — Merry Christmas, you wonderful old building and loan!
National Lampoon’s Christmas” 8 p.m. TV Land — Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving! Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas!
Best of Andy Williams Christmas” 9 p.m. GPB — It’s always a wonderful time of year when Andy Williams sings.
WEEKEND
Disney Christmas Day Parade” noon today ABC — Performers include Darius Rucker, Mariah Carey and Jackie Evancho.
A Christmas Story” 6 tonight TBS — This concludes the network’s annual 24 hours of Ralph & family.
11Alive Stories of the Heart” 8 tonight WXIA — Encore stories from 2010 that focus on inspiring people from the Atlanta area.
The Sound of Music” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Forty-five years later, the hills are still alive and well.
Ax Men” 9 p.m. Sunday History — A logger vanishes and the crew tries to find him.
Sarah Palin’s Alaska” 9 p.m. Sunday TLC — Todd and Willow head to a remote logging camp on Afognak Island for a look at the Alaskan logging industry.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

8 comments Add your comment

Al Feretta

December 20th, 2010
9:58 am

Palin is a terrible actress.

Chief Wiggum

December 20th, 2010
11:12 am

Television is horrible these days. I remember when Bruce Springsteen sang “57 Channels and Nothing On”, and I thought that was funny (didn’t have that many channels at that time). Now, all that list, so few decent shows.

Of that list, the only ones I will even watch (now and then) are: Hoarders (for the train wreck aspect), Dirty Jobs, and Mythbusters. I see “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” is coming up, and if it is who I think it is, I know his brother.

Kennesaw Dave

December 20th, 2010
12:27 pm

Yeesh, Glad I have On Demand so I can watch some other shows. Although to be fair, I’ll probably check out Million Dollar Money Drop since it’s new.

ew

December 20th, 2010
3:33 pm

had to stop reading after the broken english and typos in first sentence of the article.

Kat

December 20th, 2010
4:13 pm

The quietest year of the year, Rodney? Really?

Kat

December 20th, 2010
4:15 pm

Also, I’m unsure if Skating with Celebrities is actually on its “first second finale.” I recall that the original Buffy (from the movie version) had an affair with her then-married skating partner. Granted, it’s been a while since then.

Traffic Headache

December 21st, 2010
6:17 am

Saw “Million Dollar Money Drop.” Not gonna last long if they’re gonna stage it so nobody wins the big prize.

Uncle Fester

December 21st, 2010
10:02 am

Hey! You forgot to include the Gearz TV marathon on December 24th. That’s Gearz TV on Speed TV starting at 7:00am and going all the way through 3:00pm!