9/8c CBS
Last week Mac discovered that a corpse found buried in Central Park for 15 years is deputy chief Ted Carver's estranged sister who disappeared in 1995. Adding to the mystery is the fact that her credit cards have continued to be used to the present day. Tonight, a body washes up at the South Street Seaport and the investigation begins to unravel a dark secret from Carver's past and leads Mac to believe that Carver (guest star John Larroquette) murdered his sister. — Tim Holland

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas 8/7c TBS "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch..." and "I have three words to describe you, and I quote: stink, stank, stunk..." are lyrics etched into the memories of every child (and adult) who has ever seen this perennial Yuletide cartoon, which first aired in 1966. Dr. Seuss' tale of a small-hearted, green-faced fiend who schemes to steal Christmas from the whimsical Whos of Whoville is a ghoulishly heartwarming delight from start to finish. Chuck Jones' animation, Boris Karloff's narration and Thurl Ravenscroft's renditions of the wonderful songs are all as fresh as ever.Supernatural9/8c CW Sam and Dean's supernatural encounters have included demons, angels, skinwalkers, ghosts and vampires, but tonight they face something even more difficult to comprehend — fairies. The brothers stumble upon a world inhabited by elves, gnomes and a leprechaun after Dean is abducted from a crop circle while investigating a UFO sighting. But he quickly discovers that the alien creature attacking him isn't an alien but rather a fairy. Making things more difficult is the fact that only Dean can see his tormentor, which makes tracking and capturing him nearly impossible. —

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20/2010/9c ABC Cher might be 64, and she has edged into the Lifetime Achievement Award stage of her career (Glamour magazine). But her photo shoot for the December cover of Vanity Fair can be described as provocative, if not downright steamy, and inside the magazine she has spicy things to say on such subjects as drugs and politics, not to mention Sonny and her daughter-turned-son Chaz. ABC's Cynthia McFadden gets a crack at her tonight. Of course, Cher has an upcoming movie to promote, the musical Burlesque (costarring Christina Aguilera). It opens Thanksgiving weekend. — Paul DroeschDennis Miller: The Big Speech10/9c HBO For much of the last seven years, Friday night on HBO has been the home of Real Time with Bill Maher, the political gabfest that ended its eighth season last week. So while the left-leaning Maher's "New Rules" are on hiatus until January, libertarian Dennis Miller and his "rants" will take over tonight as the acerbic, erudite comedian performs his eighth HBO special, which was recorded earlier this month at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, Calif. — Joe Friedrich

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8/7c Nickelodeon
Carly and the gang are invited to attend a fan convention called WebiCon, but they aren't quite prepared for the die-hard fans who are divided into two passionate camps regarding whom Freddie should date: Creddies (Carly-Freddie fans) vs. Seddies (Sam-Freddie fans). Spencer, meanwhile, has his hands full with his online video-game nemesis, Aspartamay (Jack Black). Clad in the medieval costumes of their avatars, these two battle each other in person for the first time. — Jennifer Sankowski

Homemade Millionaire
10/9c TLC
This new series from exec producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos gives aspiring female entrepreneurs a chance to see their visions come to life and sell their inventions on the Home Shopping Network. In the opener, three hopefuls pitch beauty products, including hair rollers, hair "bling" and a home styling station. The judging panel includes Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Flavin-Stallone, cofounder of Serious Skin Care. — Karen Kelty