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TV best bets with ‘Leverage’ series finale, many a Christmas classic

It's a wonderful lifeThis is more a week for college football and at least on Monday and Tuesday, Christmas classics such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”

Plus, TNT is curiously airing the final episode ever of “Leverage” on Christmas Day.

Otherwise, enjoy the holidays and whatever new devices you may get from Santa that will enable you to watch more… TV.

MONDAY

“Are We There Yet?” 9:30 a.m. TBS — Nick attends his high-school reunion but must face an embarrassing incident from his past.

“Disney Prep & Landing” 8 p.m. ABC — A veteran elf is passed over for a promotion and gets paired with a rookie.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m. NBC — George will lasso the moon and pull it down once again.

“A Christmas Story” 8 p .m. TBS — Where you learn that sticking your tongue on a flagpole in the winter time isn’t necessarily a wise move. Then you can watch it another 10 times or so over another 24 hours.

“Home Alone” 9 p.m. ABC Family — Where child services don’t show up.

“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” 10 p.m. Food — Guy visits restaurants in Syracuse, Hoboken, N.J. and Duck, N.C.

TUESDAY

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8 p.m. ABC — The original and still the best.

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8:30 p.m. ABC — The film version featuring Jim Carrey.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT (third season finale) — Dr. Hope Martin asks Maura a life-changing favor while Casey Jones preps for surgery.

“Hardcore Pawn” 9:30 p.m. TruTV — This show isn’t as popular as “Pawn Stars” but popular enough.

“Leverage” 10  p.m. TNT (fifth season finale) — With no word on a renewal, creator Dean Devlin set this up as a series finale, just in case. The team pursues a crooked financier but must recover lost evidence on a mountain.

WEDNESDAY

“Monica’s Closeups” 9 p.m. WSB — Monica Pearson may be retired but she’s back for an occasional special.

“The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” 9 p.m. CBS — Honorees include Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy, David Letterman and members of Led Zeppelin.

“Toddlers & Tiaras” 9 p.m. TLC — Contestants at a Southern Elite pageant in Lexington, Ky.

“Hot in Cleveland” 10  p.m. TV Land — Mamie gets flirting lesson from Elka.

“Shipping Wars” 10 p.m. A&E Jarrett questions his ability to ship a very rare electric sports car cross country alongside a precariously-placed hunk of metal.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — The foodies harvest oysters and prepare them for judge Emeril Lagasse.

“Happily Divorced” 10:30 p.m. TV Land — Fran gives romantic advice to a childhood friend who is also engaged.

THURSDAY

“Four Weddings” 9 p.m. TLC —Bacon is on the reception’s menu at Harvard University.

“Mary Mary” 9 p.m. WE — The sisters learn Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” for a tribute to the singer.

“Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The five remaining clothiers must meet a retail budget while creating high-fashion attire.

“The Real Housewives of Miami” 9 p.m. Bravo — Reviewing what happened over the season in this Miami reunion.

“Beyond Scared Straight” 10 p.m. A&E — Troubled teens visit a prison in Oneida County, N.Y.

“Wives With Beehives” 10 p.m. TLC — Four women who live like it’s still the 1950s, which includes the clothing and morals.

FRIDAY

“Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour ” 9 p.m. ABC — Amanpour explores biblical stories and places in the Middle East to investigate origins of many of the world’s religions.

“Ghost Adventures” 9 p.m. Travel — Nick, Zak and Aaron share stories of shootings, murder and hangings from hotels they investigated.

“I Love the 1880s” 9 p.m. History — Comical facts about Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and the Wright brothers.

“Say Yes to the Dress” 9:30 p.m. TLC (ninth season debut) — Joan Rivers comes to the salon with a friend, whose daughter is seeking a dress.

“Teen Trouble” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Parents get advice on how to help their out-of-control teens.

WEEKEND

“The Mob Doctor” 9 p.m. Saturday Fox — Always a bad sign for a show when a network dumps new episodes on a Saturday night.

“Ax Men” 9 p.m. Sunday History —DJ is pushed to his breaking point while Joe loses his seat in the yarder.

“Finding Bigfoot” 9 p.m. Sunday Animal Planet — The team checks out an Australian Yowie.

“Sister Wives” 9 p.m. Sunday TLC — Tamron Hall talks to the Browns about the latest season of “Sister Wives.”

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Back to Atlanta for the ladies. Fun trip, Kenya?

“E! Investigates the Real 50 Shades of Grey” 10 p.m. Sunday E! — A look at the huge, sex-drenched, best-selling book.

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12 comments Add your comment

atticus hoad

December 24th, 2012
6:53 am

Holiday viewing is garbage now that SyFy has stopped doing classic Twilight Zone marathons.

rod

December 24th, 2012
7:27 am

always loved the way Monica passed her interview shows off as her celebrity buddies until it came out WSB was paying tens of thousands of dollars to the guest to be on the show and were cutting back to save money Monica, please your time has come and gone

alm

December 24th, 2012
9:30 am

I’m looking forward to the Doctor Who Christmas special the most.
You’re right, the original Grinch is the best. Leverage is good but I’ve missed most of this season.

ChrisP

December 24th, 2012
11:51 am

TNT has been advertising tomorrow’s “Leverage” episode as the Series Finale on today’s commercial breaks.

PM

December 24th, 2012
1:12 pm

Never heard of Leverage so won’t miss it. In my family, the easiest way to quit watching these holiday movie marathons is to buy the DVD. Once you own A Christmas Story and realize you paid cash money to obtain it, your stomach will turn and you won’t be able to ever watch it again. Works for many other movies too.

The Truth

December 24th, 2012
2:59 pm

Is it just us…or have you noticed those ” DUI public service announcements”…the drunk is Always a male (white!)…come on people….

The Real Fan

December 24th, 2012
2:59 pm

TNT earlier announced that Leverage is over after this week’s episode.

Tim

December 24th, 2012
10:21 pm

Turner Broadcasting SHOWS ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT to the people who watch their shows. For all the people that have been supporting Leverage since its debut, how could they air the series finale on Christmas? I mean seriously, Christmas? They treat their viewers like dirt. TBS has been airing NEW EPISODES of “Are We There Yet?” at 9:30 in the morning! What did they renew the show for if they are going to treat it like this? What other network does this type of stuff? They take one show and put it on at 9:30 a.m., and then air the series finale of another show( the frickin series finale!) on Christmas Day. Turner Broadcasting is beyond contemptible.

JR1967

December 25th, 2012
5:18 pm

Atticus Hoad-you may want to re-check Syfy’s website again- Syfy will air their annual “Twilight Zone” New Years Day Marathon starting next Monday Dec 31 at 8AM and running continuously through New Years Day.

JR1967

December 25th, 2012
5:26 pm

One more note-Syfy did cancel their Twilight Zone Holiday Marathons a couple years back but due to high viewer demand, they brought the Marathons back.

Shawanda

December 25th, 2012
8:37 pm

My holiday classics fave is Bad Santa (uncut version). Something there to offend everyone.

Robert

December 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

In the comment about The Mob Doctor, “Always a bad sign for a show when a network dumps new episodes on a Saturday night” I knew that the show was being cancelled and read about it somewhere. I wondered why it was being shown on this Saturday so I checked TV Guide’s site and found out that they are showing the final 4 episodes the next Saturday and Monday until January 7 which will be the series finale.

I know there aren’t a lot of people that are fans of that show, but I did enjoy the show until it got very messed up towards the end so I’m going to watch it to the bitter end for closure. It did have potential, but it just didn’t seem to flow as well because you knew as much that were going on that it would be a very limited number of episodes.