Bart shows uncharacteristic compassion in nursing a wounded pigeon back to health, but the Simpson family dog, Santa's Little Helper, displays only instinct in his attitude toward the winged creature. IndyCar star Danica Patrick has a voice cameo as herself in one of Homer's dreams, and Rachel Weisz lends her voice to a therapist trying to help Bart work through his pet issues. — Fred Mitchell
Read on for previews of The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation, Sunday Night Football, November Christmas, Boardwalk Empire, the Soul Train Awards and Bridalplasty.
The Dog Who Saved Christmas
Mario Lopez can be seen all over TV — hosting Extra, starring on his VH1 reality show Saved By the Baby — but get ready to hear more of him. The Saved By the Bell alum has lent his voice to ABC Family's new TV movie The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation.
A sequel to last year's The Dog Who Saved Christmas, the movie stars Gary Valentine and Elisa Donovan as George and Belinda Bannister, who take their family and beloved dog Zeus (voice of Lopez) for a nice and relaxing holiday vacation. Things get hectic when they discover that Belinda's obnoxious brother Randy (Casper Van Dien) has shown up with his son and their new poodle, Bella (voice of Paris Hilton). As if that isn't stressful enough, Zeus' burglar enemies, Ted (Dean Cain) and Stewey (Joey "Coco" Diaz), dog-nap Bella to get their paws on the diamond collar she was mistakenly given.
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
10/9c Animal Planet
It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and left many of its pets in peril. Traveling with her son, Kanani, Tia visits the city to finalize a dog adoption, but before she can complete her mission Tia spies an abandoned dog caught in a lightning storm and stops to rescue it. Back at the Villalobos ranch, her crew tackles a rattlesnake infestation. — Rhoda Charles
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Michael L. Brea
Michael Brea, the bit-part actor charged with murdering his own mother, said his actions were "the work of God."
Brea, who appeared on episodes of Ugly Betty and in the feature film Step-Up 3D, was arrested Tuesday after repeatedly stabbing his mother, 55-year-old Yannick Brea, with a sword. He is being held in the prison ward of Bellevue Hospital in New York, where his psychiatric health is being evaluated.
Ugly Betty actor charged with mother's slaying
Speaking to New York's Daily News, Brea was unrepentant about the attack. "I didn't kill her. I killed the demon inside her," he said. "It was the work of God."
Brea told the newspaper...