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TV best bets: Lindsay Lohan in ‘Liz & Dick,’ Soul Train Awards, season finale ‘Covert Affairs’

Lindsay Lohan as a 1960s Elizabeth Taylor. CREDIT: Lifetime

Lindsay Lohan as a 1960s Elizabeth Taylor. CREDIT: Lifetime

In what strikes me as more stunt casting or a Hail Mary, Lifetime cast Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in a film about Taylor’s tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton. “Liz & Dick” debuts Sunday night.

Lohan, before all her personal problems, was considered a talented actress so we shouldn’t necessarily count her out until we see it. I guess she is thrilled she is getting any work at all.

Centric’s “Soul Train Awards” moves to Las Vegas this year from Atlanta but performers with local ties Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole sang in this pre-taped show airing Sunday night. Cedric the Entertainer hosted. New Edition won a lifetime achievement award.

And the third season of USA’s “Covert Affairs”concludes Tuesday. A fourth season of 16 episodes will return next year.

MONDAY

“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Angela and Hodgins believe Cam has a secret lover.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — The top 5 pay homage to Michael Jackson.

“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Marshall needs to square things with his boss.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 10 perform.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Andy learns about Caroline’s wealthy past.

“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — Five-O investigates the murder of a computer hacker.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle and Beckett must go on the run with a murder witness they’re protecting from the mob.

“Revolution” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Miles, Charlie and the gang head for Monroe’s lair at Independence Hall.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Gibbs searches for a terrorist.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Two more vocalists from each team are cut.

“New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox — Jess’ parents (Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner) visit for Thanksgiving.

“Mankind: The Story of All Of Us” 9 p.m. History — Examining the Roman Empire’s role in the spread of Christianity.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9:01 p.m. CBS — The team investigates a crime that was posted on the Internet.

“Covert Affairs” 10 p.m. USA (third season finale) — Annie goes to Amsterdam to rescue a spy.

“Private Practice” 10 p.m. ABC — Addison’s former mentor reveals a troubling secret.

“Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Jax scrambles to put his affair in order.

“Vegas” 10:02 p.m. CBS — The Milwaukee mob puts out a hit on Savino.

WEDNESDAY

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Lisa Whelchel (’Facts of Life’) struggles playing the game but has made it past the halfway point.

“Whitney” 8 p.m. NBC — Money problems plague Whitney.

“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 10 perform. The top vote-getter two weeks in a row: country singer Tate Stevens.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — The unit searches for a missing school bus full of children.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — There are claims of sexual abuse at an elite private school.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — A young girl is mysteriously abandoned at Briarcliff.

“CSI” 10 p.m. CBS — Five bodies are found in what appears to be a meteor site.

“Private Practice” 10 p.m. ABC — James continues to try to win over Amelia.

THURSDAY

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” 8 p.m. ABC — Toast and popcorn for Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown!

“The X Factor” 8 p..m. Fox — Thanksgiving night results show cuts the crew down to 10.

“Michael Jackson: BAD25” 9:30 p.m. ABC — A 25th anniversary celebration of Michael Jackson’s 1987 “Bad” album.

“Glee” 9 p.m. Fox — Marley, Jake and Ryder are entangled in a love triangle.

“Fast n’ Loud” 9 p.m. Discovery — Vintage automobiles are restored and customized.

“Along For the Bride” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Chronicling how brides and bridesmaids clash during wedding planning.

“Sweet Genius” 10 p.m. Food — Desserts must include vegetables such as squash. 

FRIDAY

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC — Vanessa’s loyalty to Ed’s ex-wife surprises Mike.

“National Dog Show Presented By Purina” 8 p.m. NBC — John O’Hurley hosts the annual event featuring 187 breeds.

“Malibu Country” 8:31 p.m. ABC — Reba’s ex-husband gives their son a new sports car against her wishes.

“Killer Karaoke” 9 p.m. TruTV (new series) — Contestants have to keep singing despite going through physical challenges such as being shocked or dunked into a cold tank full of snakes.

“It’s a SpongeBob Christmas” 9:30 p.m. CBS — A laced holiday fruitcake turns Bikini Bottom denizens into jerks.

“Person to Person” 10 p.m. CBS — Interviews include Drew Brees, Alicia Keys and Sean Penn.

WEEKEND

“Wedding Band” 10 tonight TBS — Eddie reluctantly enlists Tommy to babysit his children.

“Hitched for the Holidays” 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark — A couple of single New Yorkers pretend to be a couple for the holidays to fool their families. Joey Lawrence and Marilu Henner pick up paychecks.

“Home Alone 5” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC Family — A boy tries to catch a ghost at his new home, which he thinks is haunted.

“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — A determined Cora tries to snatch the compass from Mary Margaret and Emma.

“Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Nucky and Eddie hide out with Chalky when Gyp descends on Atlantic City.

“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dexter scrambles to track down Isaak.

“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Alicia and Diane agree to let a famous liberal lawyer assist them on a case.

“Liz & Dick” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Lindsay Lohan plays Elizabeth Taylor. No. That’s not a joke.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Kenya Moore seems to think being pretentious and annoying will help her brand.

“Revenge” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC —Flashback to 2006!

“Soul Train Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday Centric —After three years in Atlanta, this awards show has moved to Las Vegas.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Michonne is on her own but hardly helpless as long as she has her trusty sword.

“Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Playing a double agent is driving Brody a bit nuts.

“The Mentalist” 10:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — The team investigates the murder of a real estate agent.

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12 comments Add your comment

Highlander

November 19th, 2012
6:58 am

Rodney, are you sure it’s 2 from EACH team leaving this week on The Voice?

bulldogbubba

November 19th, 2012
11:33 am

Liz & Dick will be on” Lifetime Channel” not Hallmark.Thanks for all the info you give us .I enjoy reading your stories and you column. Happy Thanksgiving!

Chuck

November 19th, 2012
11:37 am

Can’t wait for Liz & Dick. I hear Lindsay is incredible. The buzz is that she is going to take a one woman show on worldwide tour similar to what Hal Holbrook did with Mark Twain.Lindsay is back!!

Branch Loveless

November 19th, 2012
12:01 pm

What the —-? No “Modern Family” or “Nashville” on Wednesday night? What will I record besides “The X-Factor” …?

atticus hoad

November 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

No it’s definitely not 2 from each team eliminated. It’s definitely obvious that he’s not watching Voice at all.

Rodney Ho

November 19th, 2012
12:37 pm

@atticus hoad I’m sure it’s not two per team but that’s what the descriptive provided by the network to TVguide.com said. I didn’t have time to figure out what the real deal was.

Rodney Ho

November 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

@Branch Loveless. ABC is airing “Private Practice” on Wed at 10 p.m. and there are repeats otherwise.

Branch Loveless

November 19th, 2012
12:48 pm

Thanks, Rodney. As Wednesday is Thanksgiving “Eve”, I should have figured on some repeats.

sana

November 19th, 2012
1:36 pm

OOH Randy Ho seems to be a bit jealous of Miss Lohan! ROWR!

The Truth

November 19th, 2012
1:51 pm

So why does a caller to a talk show…”thank you sooo much for taking my call”….well duh….that’s the talk $how ho$t$ job…come on….

Nick

November 19th, 2012
3:54 pm

I am really excited about How I Met Your Mother tonight! I absolutely love this show, and I’m always recommending it to my coworkers at DISH. With so much on TV on Monday nights, though, it’s hard to watch everything I want, so I’m glad that DISH’s Hopper records all four major networks with the PrimeTime Anytime feature and I don’t have to worry about missing anything. This should be a great Monday and I can’t wait for tonight’s lineup!

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