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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

The Closer

The Closer
9/8c TNT
The top-cop series starring 2010 Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick continues its five-episode cycle of new winter episodes. (The arc's final show airs on Jan. 3.) Courtney B. Vance guest stars tonight as Chief of Police Tommy Delk, who assigns Brenda and her team to smoke out the criminal element behind a series of thefts at medical-marijuana dispensaries. What appears to be an innocuous and even ho-hum assignment turns dramatically treacherous when one robbery leads to murder. Soon, the case even comes to test Brenda's readiness to climb to a higher departmental rank. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of Vampire Diaries, Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, How I Met Your Mother, Monday Night Football, Hawaii Five-0 and Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010

The Amazing Race

Amazing Race 17
8/7c CBS
Will Amazing Race history be made tonight? Two teams, Home Shopping hosts Brook and Claire, and doctors Nat and Kat, have the chance to become the first all-female pair to win the $1 million top prize in the show's 17 seasons. But dating couple Jill and Thomas don't care about history, and will try to keep the four formidable ladies from reaching the finish line first as the final three teams dash to the last mat in Los Angeles. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of Sunday Night Football, Dexter, Wishful Drinking, Desperate Housewives, Marry Me and Brothers & Sisters. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
It's a Paul call when the shticks-and-skits show delivers the second of three live December episodes. (Jeff Bridges hosts next week.) It's the story of two Pauls tonight when comic actor Paul Rudd, star of the forthcoming film How Do You Know with Jack Nicholson and Reese Witherspoon, teams up with the SNL players to host a roast of the day's topical happenings. Meanwhile, rock icon and former Beatle Paul McCartney is in the wings and takes flight on the Studio 8H music stage in the wake of the deluxe reissue of McCartney and Wings' celebrated 1973 album, Band on the Run. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of College Football, Frosty the Snowman, the Heisman Trophy Presentation, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Lombardi and Taliban. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Dec. 10, 2010


9/8c CW
Being Death can be a killer, as Dean discovers when Death persuades him to take his place for 24 hours. Dean agrees to be the Grim Reaper in exchange for Death's help to get Sam's soul back. But, wouldn't you know it, Sam decides he doesn't want his soul back and asks Balthazar for a protective spell to keep his soul out of his body. There's just one hitch. Sam needs blood from his father for the spell to work. Of course, Sam's dad is dead. What to do? Sam decides Bobby is the next best thing. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of Hollywood Christmas Parade, Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging Divide, the TeenNick HALO Awards, The Good Guys, What Not to Wear and Storytellers. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

The Office

The Office
9/8c NBC
The well-spun mock-doc sitcom puts some ho-ho-ho's and yuletide yuks in the Christmas season with a one-hour holiday-themed outing. It'll be gifts galore for Michael when his nemesis, slumping HR vet Toby, takes a leave of absence. Better yet, this opens Dunder Mifflin's doors for one Holly Flax (Amy Ryan), Michael's true romantic flame, who returns to Scranton to cover for Toby. Talk about a Holly jolly Christmas. When a thrilled Michael insists the branch throw a bash for Holly's return, Pam must organize two holiday parties. Meanwhile, Jim comes to regret his decision to engage in a snowball fight with flaky Dwight. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of The Gruffalo, The Santa Incident, Thursday Night Football, The Apprentice and Barbara Walters Special. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010


Survivor: Nicaragua
8/7c CBS
Only seven castaways remain after last week's shocking tribal council where NaOnka and Purple Kelly quit the game, due to fatigue. Their voluntary exits put Sash in trouble, since he was in an alliance with both of them. Arguably, it's a plus for everyone else, except maybe for Dan, whose only chance of winning, presumably, was to go up against them in the finals. Tonight, it's a whole new game with sights set on new targets. It promises to be the beginning of a wild finish to the season. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of The Middle, Human Target, Fashion Forward: Making It, MythBusters, College Basketball and Top Chef. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010


8/7c Fox
With Rachel and Finn in Splitsville, and Will clearly heartbroken about Emma and Carl's quickie wedding, New Directions might need a little Christmas as the show heads into its winter's nap. (Tonight's holiday-themed show is the fall finale.) True, the kids did advance to Regionals last week, along with the Warblers (so we'll still see a lot of Kurt when new episodes resume next year), but the overall vibe could be better. And, of course, there's a Grinch to contend with at McKinley High. You can imagine who she is. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of Inside the Actors Studio, College Basketball, Minute to Win It, In Treatment, Detroit 1-8-7 and Warehouse 13. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

Men of a Certain Age

Men of a Certain Age
10/9c TNT
The Season 2 curtain opens on the character-driven dramedy about three best buds trying to negotiate the turns, curves and zigzags of middle age. And they are making some progress. A resolute Joe makes it his goal to sharpen his golfing skills, but he can't hack having to practice at dawn. He's also teed off that his new home just happens to be in his former bookie's neighborhood. As for Owen, he moves up to manager of the family auto dealership, but with new responsibility comes new stress. Owen has hired Terry to sell cars, but Terry seems to be stalling out while on the 9-to-5 job. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of the American Country Awards, The Sing-Off, Martha's Holiday Open House, Monday Night Football, Sundays at Tiffany's and Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010

CSI: Miami

CSI: Miami
10/9c CBS
The crime-fighting series, now in its ninth season, celebrates its 200th episode with an hour titled, appropriately enough, "Happy Birthday." Horatio, who last week showed his contempt for anyone who harms a woman by tossing an abusive suspect through a window, is again incensed when a pregnant woman is severely beaten and left for dead after her car is smashed into by another vehicle. Of course, it was no accident. The woman was targeted. But why? Don't worry, H is on the case. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of The Simpsons, Boardwalk Empire, Sunday Night Football, VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, The Hasselhoffs and The Walking Dead. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
Three new December shows kick off tonight with host Robert De Niro. (Paul Rudd holds court next week and Jeff Bridges hosts the Dec. 18 episode.) But first we zero in on De Niro, recognized as one of his generation's finest actors. The two-time Oscar winner (for 1974's The Godfather: Part II and 1980's Raging Bull) who was also nominated four other times will next be seen in Little Fockers, which is slated for release on Dec. 22. Meanwhile, taking the music stage is Diddy-Dirty Money, an electro-hip-hop threesome comprised of Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kalenna Harper and Dawn Richard. The group is poised to drop the CD Last Train to Paris on Dec. 14. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of Giada's Family Christmas, the Big 12 Football Championship, Farewell Mr. Kringle, Losing Lennon — Countdown to Murder, Engineering the Impossible and Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2. read more

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