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December 2010 Archives

SATURDAY


"Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" (11 a.m., WLS-Channel 7): In a new Wii game, Mickey Mouse has gone noir ("Epic Mickey"). But you can count on old-school, sunshine Mickey to lead the parade.

"The Haunting Hour" (7 p.m., HUB): R.L. Stine, the kid equivalent of Stephen King, premieres two episodes of his new show. He promises "shivers, but not nightmares."

"Bozo, Gar & Ray" (7 p.m., WGN-Channel 9): Postpone the holiday feast if you must, but it's not Christmas without "Hardrock, Coco and Joe," "Suzy Snowflake" and "Frosty the Snowman."

"NBC TV's Funniest Holiday Moments" (7 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Jane Lynch hosts reruns of the insta-Christmas classic episodes of "Community" and "30 Rock."

"Christmas Midnight Mass" (midnight, WGN-Channel 9): Baby, it's cold outside! Watch the Catholic service at Holy Name Cathedral from the comfort of your Snuggie.

"The Yule Log" (2 a.m., WGN-Channel 9): Four hours of a burning log, accompanied by holiday-appropriate music.

SUNDAY


"Daley Milestone" (9 a.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Richards M. and J. are compared in this news special.

"LaPorte, Indiana" (6 p.m, WTTW-Channel 11): "It's fun to be a LaPortian," says Frank Pease, who shares some of the 18,000 portraits he took of locals between 1947 and 1970. Some photo subjects testify, too.

"Running Wilde" (8:30 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): Drea de Matteo ("Sopranos") guest stars as the stepmom of Steve (Will Arnet) as the rest of sitcom's season is relegated to Sunday nights.

"My Kid Survived" (9 p.m., TLC): The pioneers at TLC bring you the story of a 9-year-old who is left behind during a Boy Scout camping trip, and an 11-year-old girl dodging swamp alligators. SPOILER: They survive!

SATURDAY


"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (4 p.m., ABC Family; repeats at 9 p.m.): By far the best Rankin-Bass special. Sombertown's Burgermeister Meisterburger is one of the greatest villains of all time, if you take into account his iron ventriloquist's dummy.

"The Battle of the Bulbs"(7 p.m., Hallmark): Daniel Stern and Mark Frewer star in this original movie about overdecorating that asks, "How many donkeys should one live nativity scene have?" (Not related to the electricity reduction competition.)

"WWE Tribute to the Troops" (8 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Superstars and Divas from both "Raw" and "SmackDown" join Diddy-Dirty Money, Cedric the Entertainer, Trace Adkins and Miss USA Rima Fakih. 



"Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2" (9 p.m., HBO): Taped at the Chicago Theatre, the show covers everything from obesity to African famine to acts of God. Gervais is nothing if not comprehensive.

"Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Jeff Bridges hosts, with Eminem expressing his anger in song. 



SUNDAY


"Marshall Field's Christmas Windows" (2:30 a.m., WTTW-Channel 11): A look back at past display extravaganzas. It may not be the traditional way to see them, but it's warmer.

"Survivor: Nicaragua" (7 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): And so the 21st season comes to a close. The two-hour finale is followed by a reunion finale. Go Fabio!

"Leverage"(8 p.m., TNT): In the two-part third-season finale, Nate and his team take on global terrorism. Somebody's got to do it. Guest-starring Goran Visnjic ("ER") and Elisabetta Canalis (George Clooney's girlfriend).

"Santa Claus: The Movie" (11:45 p.m., AMC): Dudley Moore stars in a cautionary tale about when elves go bad.

SATURDAY

"Lombardi" (7 p.m., HBO): No, it's not a betrayal of the Bears to watch this new profile of the football great.

"Private Screenings" (9 p.m., TCM): Liza Minnelli talks about her film and Broadway roles - and hopefully "Arrested Development," too. It's preceded by Mom and Dad's "Meet Me in St. Louis."

"Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): They've got Pauls! Paul Rudd hosts, with Paul McCartney as the musical guest.



"Berserk" (9 p.m., WCIU-Channel 26): In this 1967 classic, Joan Crawford is the fishnets-clad ringmistress at a circus where people keep turning up dead. Svengoolie's news you can use: "Joan's doomed circus co-owner, Michael Gough, played Alfred the Butler in some 'Batman films' -- and Diana Dors, an antagonistic employee, was married to Richard Dawson of 'Family Feud.'"

SUNDAY



"Wishful Drinking" (8 p.m., HBO): Carrie Fisher reminisces about Mom and Dad, "Star Wars," Paul Simon and her bipolar disorder. The stage production was filmed in New Jersey.



"Leverage" (8 p.m., TNT): Dave Foley and Wil Wheaton, together at last, guest star in a new Santa-centric episode.

"Amazing Race" (7 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): Will an all-woman team finally win? Feminism is at stake.

"Marry Me" (8 p.m., Lifetime): Lucy Liu plays a social worker who has to choose from three proposals. Personally, I'm pulling for Bobby Canavale, for obvious reasons.

"Basketball Wives" (7 p.m., VH1): In season 2, Chad Ochocinco romances Evelyn Lozada. You'll remember that in season 1, she swore never to date another athlete.

"Sarah Palin's Alaska" (8 p.m., TLC): Kate Gosselin attempts to go camping with her reality compatriot.

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