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Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011

Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives
9/8c ABC
Who shot Paul Young? And is he dead or alive? Perhaps we'll find out tonight, when we return to a riot-torn Wisteria Lane and its battle-scarred residents. Susan's the worst off. It seems that she'll need a kidney or two. But Mrs. McClusky was hurt pretty bad, too. Also returning is Orson Hodge, and that could present problems for Bree, since Keith is moving in with her. Meanwhile, the Renee-Tom-Lynette mess might get messier. And Gaby will keep finding it really hard to let go of Grace, and don't expect Juanita to like that one bit. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of When Vacations Attack!, Ask Oprah's All Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Worst Cooks in America, Sunday Night Football and CSI: Miami. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011

Primeval

Primeval
9/8c BBC America
The fourth season premiere heralds a homecoming, albeit a really late one, for Abby (Hannah Spearritt) and Connor (Andrew Lee Potts), who return from the Cretaceous period to find out the hard way that most employers don't like it when you take off for a year, even if your excuse is that you were stuck in the ancient past. — Michael Chant

Read on for previews Tournament of Roses Parade, Oprah's Guide to OWN: The New Oprah Winfrey Network, Capital One Bowl, NHL Hockey, Great Performances and Suze Orman Show. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2011
10/9c ABC
Dick Clark reteams with Ryan Seacrest and Fergie to ring in the New Year with hot music acts, including Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Willow Smith, Train, Jason Derulo, Drake, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys. Clark and Seacrest are live in Times Square as always, and Jenny McCarthy joins them as a correspondent while Fergie hosts from L.A. The party continues after the prime-time special for two additional shows, one of which includes that famous ball dropping in New York City. — Jennifer Sankowski

Read on for previews of Live From Lincoln Center, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, New Year's Eve Live, All American New Year, New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin and MTV's New Year's Bash 2011. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010

Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory
8/7c CBS
We were just getting used to "Shamy!" when this October repeat first aired. Sheldon had been dating Amy (Mayim Bialik) for awhile, so he moved into the inevitable meet-the parents stage of his relationship. When he meets Amy's mom, he also realizes that he no longer wants to see Amy. Unfortunately, it looks like this bud of love isn't going to blossom. — Bill Ecklund

Read on for previews of Sesame Street, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, Back to the Future, When Harvey Met Bob, Women's Basketball and Bones. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

Celebrity Rehab

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
10/9c VH1
This episode serves as a lesson in recovery — how to achieve it and how not to achieve it. Dr. Drew takes addicts and their families to a lake house retreat to emphasize the crucial role that loved ones play in the process of retaining sobriety. The dangers inherent in the process are clearly illustrated when Leif Garrett is tempted to defy authority on a Hollywood outing and possibly stumble into relapse. — Fred Mitchell

Read on for previews of Undercovers, Dog the Bounty Hunter, My Strange Addiction, Alamo Bowl, Great Performances and Modern Family. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

Hardcore Pawn

Hardcore Pawn
10/9c truTV
People sell the craziest things...as evidenced by the items brought into Detroit's American Jewelry and Loan. This pawn shop, featured in TruTV's popular series, opens its second season with a man trying to sell a DVD player that he says is actually an alien communication device, and a former porn star comes in with some of his old movies. The value of these items may be questionable, but for reality TV, this stuff is priceless! — Rhoda Charles

Read on for previews of Champs Sports Bowl, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, Kennedy Center Honors, Cupcake Wars, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and America's Septuplets Turn 13. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Dec. 27, 2010

Men of a Certain Age

Men of a Certain Age
10/9c TNT
Bond on the run: Best buds Joe, Owen and Terry continue bonding while running through the challenging twists, turns and zigzags of midlife. The dramedy's second season progresses when Joe sets out to finalize his divorce, but while doing so he digs up interesting information about his teen daughter. As for Owen, he gears up for a car convention, then receives unexpected news from his father. Meanwhile, Terry discovers that his past work in a TV commercial is now coming back to affect his life. Penelope Ann Miller guest stars. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of College Basketball, Monday Night Football, American Masters, American Pickers, American Chocolate Championship and Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010

Family Guy

Family Guy
9/8c Fox
Hugh Laurie lends his House voice (if not his dignity) to this repeat from last December, in which Peter grabs the reins of Pewterschmidt Industries after Lois' dad, Carter, suffers a heart attack and lapses into a coma (that's where House comes in). Peter's management style certainly won't surprise regular Family Guy viewers, and taxpayers can be relieved that Pewterschmidt Industries didn't receive a bailout. Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons have voice cameos in their Big Bang Theory roles.  — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular, The Sound of Music, Sunday Night Football, Little Caesars Bowl, Masterpiece Contemporary and My Kid Survived. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010

Disney Christmas Day Parade

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
Noon/11 a.m. c ABC
Not surprisingly, the talent pool for Disney's 27th annual Christmas bash skews young, with slated performers Debby Ryan (Suite Life on Deck); 10-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho; Amber Riley (Glee); Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place); American Idol Lee DeWyze; and R&B star Sean Kingston. Also on the bill are Mariah Carey, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Darius Rucker and Dancing with the Stars cast members. Nick Cannon, Maria Menounos and the ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest are the hosts. — Fred Mitchell

Read on for previews of Fox Legacy, Salute to American Skating, NBA Basketball, NFL Football, Nine and Doctor Who. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Dec. 24, 2010

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story Marathon
8/7c TBS
Butter up plenty of popcorn, gather the family and settle in for lots of holiday yuks as this 1983 classic airs in 12 consecutive screenings. Directed by Bob Clark (this is great enough to forgive him for Porky's), and written and wonderfully narrated by humorist Jean Shepherd, the film tracks the misadventures of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a beamish lad in the 1940s who wants nothing else for Christmas but a Red Ryder BB gun. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of SportsNation 101 Holiday Jeers, The Bishop's Wife, The Karate Kid, Hawaii Bowl, It's a Wonderful Life and Phineas and Ferb. read more

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