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TV best bets with returns of ‘The Closer,’ ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ Christmas specials

GrinchThe Christmas movies and specials keep on coming as November turns into December. There are concerts (”Christmas in Rockefeller” on ABC Wednesday and “CMA Country Christmas” on ABC Thursday), films (”A Princess for Christmas” on Hallmark Saturday) and great repeats (”The Grinch” on ABC Monday).

TNT’s “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” are returning for a few winter episodes Monday and TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” comes back  Wednesday for a third season just three months after season two ended. That show is more on a broadcast TV schedule than cable with 24 episodes scheduled for season three.

Guest stars are prevalent, as well, including Don Rickles on “Hot in Cleveland” and Michael J. Fox on “The Good Wife” on CBS Sunday.

And Lifetime Friday is introducing a reality program starring Tracey Gold (”Growing Pains”), who had eating disorders in the past. Now she’s trying to help others in the same boat. That is a perfectly fine concept, but the show title almost sounds like it’s glorifying the problem: “Starving Secrets With Tracey Gold.” Really? Isn’t that like calling a show like “Hoarders” “Storage Secrets”?

“The Sing Off” 8 p.m. NBC (third season finale) — The final three: Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix and Urban Method.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8 p.m. ABC — What’s wrong with a little garlic in the soul?
Bored to Death” 9 p.m. HBO (third season finale) — George celebrates Emily and Bernard’s wedding.
The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT (seventh season winter debut) — Brenda’s investigation overlaps with an existing FBI case.
“Hoarders” 9 p.m. A&E (fourth season finale) — A man forced out of his house now hoards at his sister’s home.
House” 9 p.m. Fox — A prosecutor collapses in court.
Rizzoli & Isles” 10 p.m. TNT (second season winter debut) — The gal-pal sleuths investigate the shooting of a community activist.
Scouted” 10 p.m. E! (new series) — Aspiring models plucked from obscurity try to make it in New York City.


The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — The five remaining players receive makeovers.
“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Someone is caught trying to rig the election for student-council president.
Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC — Mike meets with his lesbian neighbors.
America’s Supernanny” 9 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — Bye, bye Jo Frost. Welcome Deborah Tillman.
“The Epic History of Everyday Things” 9 p.m. History — A look at brushing teeth, riding an elevator and riding a bus.
“Scott Turow’s Innocent” 9 p.m. TNT — Bill Pullman takes Harrison Ford’s role in this follow-up to the original film “Presumed Innocent.”
Body of Proof” 10 p.m. ABC — Megan enlists a prize student to help solve the case.
“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” 10 p.m. CBS — Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5 will perform, failing to distract viewers from the lingerie models.
“Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC — A frazzled Kristina and Adam put Max’s safety in danger
Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Jax faces a new challenge that threaten his family and SAMCRO.
“Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood” 10 p.m. Oxygen (sixth season debut) — If you find the Kardashians too fake.


Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2011” 8 p.m. NBC — Performers include Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Carole King, Cee Lo Green and Katharine McPhee.
“Trek Nation” 8 p.m. Science — Gene Roddenberry’s son explores his dad’s legacy.
“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox — Astro can rap. No sign yet that he can actually sing.
“Baseball Wives” 9 p.m. VH1 (new series) — The wives of pro baseball players mix it up in this umpteenth variation of “Real Housewives.”
Full Throttle Saloon” 9 p.m. TruTV (third season debut) — Back again for more debauchery at a bikers’ paradise.
Ricochet” 9 p.m. TNT — John Corbett plays a detective swept up in betrayal, corruption and murder in Savannah. Gary Cole and Julie Benz star as well.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter” 9:30 p.m. Fox (new series) — You’ll hate this dud of a sitcom more than your teenage daughter.
“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX —  Mena Suvari plays the Black Dahlia.
Black Gold” 10 p.m. TruTV (fourth season debut) — Watch the Texas oil men luxuriate in testosterone.
The Grammy Nominations Concert Live” 10 p.m. CBS — Ludacris, Sugarland, Usher and Jason Aldean represent Georgia.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land (third season debut) — Elka has three suitors, played by Buck Henry, Carl Reiner and Don Rickles.
Psych” 10 p.m. USA — William Shatner plays Juliet’s estranged con-man father.
Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — So far, Athens’ Whitney has stayed under the radar.
The Exes” 10:30 p.m. TV Land (new series) — A lawyer places three divorced men in one apartment. Commence hilarity!


The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox — It’s only a matter of time for Astro to go home.
Parks & Recreation” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Leslie goes on trial to defend her actions.
CMA Country Christmas” 9 p.m. ABC — Local Jennifer Nettles hosts a special featuring Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Rascal Flatts.
Bones” 9 p.m. Fox — Human remains are found in the mail.
“DUI” 9 p.m. TLC (new series) — A reality series in Oklahoma featuring suspects who may have driven while under the influence.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Maura Tierney (“ER”) plays Robert California’s wife.
I Love You To Death” 10 p.m. A&E — Recalling the 2002 murder of Jenna Nannetti in a love triangle.
Burn Notice” 10 p.m. USA — Sam reunites with Beatriz, who’s on the run from a Russian spy.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 10 p.m. FX — The gang’s efforts to see a hot action film is frustrated by a presidential visit tying up traffic.
Weed Wars” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — A look at a huge marijuana dispensary.


“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 8 p.m. ABC — The team rebuilds a house to erase memories of a son’s suicide.
Game of Your Life” 8 p.m. NBC — Shot in Atlanta, this drama (sponsored in part by P&G and Walmart) focuses on a video game expert in a scholarship program that isn’t quite what it seems.
“A Gifted Man” 8 p.m. CBS — Michael treats an anxious bride.
Nikita” 8 p.m. the CW (second season fall finale) — Nikita asks Owen’s help in stealing another Black Box from a Guardian.
America’s Most Wanted” 9 p.m. Lifetime (25th season debut) — After 24 years on Fox, John Walsh has found a new home at Lifetime.
CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — Jo investigates a suspected rapist after a key witness turns up dead.
“Supernatural” 9 p.m. the CW (seventh season fall finale) — Bobby revisits his past to solve one of the most personal cases of his life.
“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — An ex-mobster agrees to help Danny.
Starving Secrets With Tracey Gold” 10 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — Gold helps women with eating disorders.


A Princess for Christmas” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — Roger Moore plays a wealthy duke.
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC  — Steve Buscemi hosts.
Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — David must choose between Mary Margaret or Kathryn.
Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Jimmy recalls his time in college.
“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime— Dexter races to identify the Doomsday Killers’ next victim.
“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Chuck questions Gaby, Susan and Lynette separately about Alejandro’s disappearance.
The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — A routine arbitration turns into a battle of wills between Alicia and Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox).
Neverland” 9 p.m. Sunday Syfy — A miniseries set before Peter Pan met Wendy.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Investor woes put a damper on a preview party for Peter’s new bar.
“Chef Roblé & Co.” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo (new series) — Tracking Brooklyn-based chef Roblé Ali.
Carlos Mencia: New Territory” 10 p.m. Sunday Comedy — He has his fair share of haters but he keeps plugging away.
Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Politicial bigwigs approach Brody about running for a disgraced congressman’s seat.
Pan Am” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC — Ted connects with an old flame.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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November 28th, 2011
6:28 am

Thanks for this schedule. This is helpful. Would like to see one for each week in December.


November 28th, 2011
7:57 am

Uhhhhh what about Rudolph on Tuesday!?

Rob Ear

November 28th, 2011
8:17 am

Good to see the C-word more this year.


November 28th, 2011
12:09 pm

Seriously? No Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on Tuesday? Come on Ho. We expect better.


November 28th, 2011
12:14 pm

pretty sad you know rudolpf is even on


Yukon C.

November 28th, 2011
12:28 pm

What’s sad about being informed and commenting appropriate to the story’s contents.

Living up to your name, dope.


November 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

Your list doesn’t include all of the great programming on PBS and GPTV!


November 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

S… Actually it does.

Metro Coach

November 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

American Pickers and Pawn Stars also return tonight. The History Channel throws in their new episodes so randomly that I’m not sure how long new eps will run, but for at least the next two weeks the shows are new.


November 28th, 2011
2:10 pm

Merry Christmas EVERYBODY!!! I know it’s early, but I just wanted to put it out there! :)

Traffic Headache

November 29th, 2011
12:55 pm

And how about “It’s A Wonderful Life” Saturday on NBC?


November 29th, 2011
10:09 pm

Who watches TV Land?

Check Out Mena Suvari As The Black Dahlia

December 1st, 2011
2:13 am

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