This Week In TV: Dec. 12 – Dec. 18, 2011

courtesy of TV Guide.com

The end of the year tends to get light on new episodes so I’m taking this opportunity to list some less conventional offerings. Also: Hulu and Netflix suggestions!

Monday, Dec. 12th
6:30pm – X-Play [G4]
7pm – Attack of the Show [G4]
8pm – Terra Nova [FOX]
8pm – Adventure Time [Cartoon Ntwk] (Animated)
8pm – I Want A Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown [ABC] (Animated, Repeat)
This 2003 Peanuts special focuses on ReRun Van Pelt, Linus and Lucy’s younger brother, and his trip to the desert with Snoopy to hang out with Snoopy’s brother Spike.
8pm – The Towering Inferno [Fox Movie Channel] (Movie)
8:15pm – Regular Show [Cartoon Ntwk] (Animated)
8:30pm – MAD [Cartoon Ntwk] (Animated)
9pm – Stephen King’s Bag of Bones [A&E] (Mini-Series)
Part two of two. If you missed Part one, it airs at 7pm.
10pm – Hawaii Five-0 [CBS] (Mid-Season Finale)
A body is discovered in an old bunker while Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) gets married – so it’s one wedding and a funeral (sorry, I couldn’t help it). Guest stars Tom Sizemore.
10pm – Night Stalkers: Jaguar Ambush [National Geographic Wild]
An expert team of “night-filming specialist” lead by wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn venture into the jungles of Costa Rica. Also, this may have the best title of the week.
11:35pm – Late Show With David Letterman [CBS]
Scarlett Johansson stops by to talk about ‘We Bought A Zoo’ but I’m betting she’ll be asked about ‘Avengers’ too.
Netflix Spotlight: Red Dwarf
Seasons 1-9 of the British cult hit are available for streaming. Take this opportunity to brush up on what our friends across the pond have been geeking out over for years.

Tuesday, Dec. 13th
6:30pm – X-Play [G4]
7pm – Attack of the Show [G4]
7pm – The Cat in the Hat [ABC Family] (Animated)
There is one undeniable fact about the titular Cat: He’s kind of a douche.
8pm – Glee [FOX]
I’m fairly sure this is the episode that guest stars Chewbacca. No really. That’s really happening.
8pm – Planet Earth [Animal Planet] (Repeat)
This episode, focusing on mountain animals, kicks off a three-hour marathon of the series. “Ice Worlds” and “Fresh Water” follow.
9pm – New Girl [FOX]
Office party shenanigans! I do so love this show.
9pm – Knights of Mayhem [National Geographic]
There is a dude who calls himself the “Black Knight” – one of the doc’s “protagonist” faces him at the biggest jousting event of the year.
9pm – Underworld: Rise of the Lycans [Syfy] (Movie With Commercials)
9pm – WWE Tribute to the Troops [USA]
It’s for the troops…I can’t help but list it. Warning: Will contain a performance by Nickelback. But also Mary J. Blige so there’s a bright spot.
10pm – The Conan One Hour Earlier Best of Spectacular [TBS]
Missed some episodes of Coco? Then this special’s for you. Will probably include some of their spectacular DC Comics related bits (Bruce Timm helping design “The Flaming C,” discussing some peculiar D-list villains and heroes with an editor, etc.)
11pm – War Wolves [Syfy] (Movie With Commercials)
John Saxon stars as the head of a special ops group charged with hunting soldiers-turned-werewolves.
11pm- The Shining [IFC] (Movie With Commercials)
Like I mentioned last week, IFC’s not really one for editing content but they have been adding commercial breaks. I’m sure it won’t sully your enjoyment of the Jack Nicholson-lead classic.
12am – Jimmy Kimmel Live [ABC]
‘Lost’ star Josh Holloway promotes ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ and I’m betting he’ll look good while doing it.
Hulu Spotlight: The Incredible Hulk
Three whole seasons of the Bill Bixby classic are available for your viewing pleasure. Perhaps this can distract you until ‘Avengers’ comes out next year.

Wednesday, Dec. 14th
6:30pm – X-Play [G4]
7pm – Attack of the Show [G4]
7:30pm – X-Men Origins: Wolverine [FX] (Movie With Commercials)
What’s fun about watching this types of movies on FX is that, every once in awhile, it’s a version that includes cut scenes or alternate endings. This is such a version. If you don’t feel like watching the whole thing, just tune in around 9:45pm for end.
8pm – Hubble’s Amazing Universe [National Geographic] (Repeat)

8pm – Live From Lincoln Center [PBS]
“George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” is performed by the New York City Ballet, their orchestra, and fifty youngsters from the School of American Ballet in New York. Good for the kids.
8:29pm – Chapelle’s Show [Comedy Central] (Repeat)
The epically legendary Rick James episode.
8:30pm – Finding Nemo [ABC Family] (Animated, Movie With Commercials)
9pm – Lost Land of the Tiger [National Geographic Wild]
A team searches for evidence and footage of a tiger population rumored to live hidden in the kingdom of Bhutan.
9pm – Journey to the Edge of the Universe [National Geographic] (Repeat)
CGI is used to create an enhanced look at our solar system and what lies beyond.
10pm – Psych [USA] (Mid-Season Finale)
Shawn and Juliet’s romantic getaway is marred by being robbed and a having a dead body turn up. Guest stars a bearded Jason Priestly.
10pm – American Horror Story [FX]
The episode is simply titled “Birth.” And I’m already creeped out…
10pm – The Soup [E!]
This is the only place you’ll be able to see Joel McHale for awhile. Great, now I’m depressed.
10pm – Nova [PBS] (Repeat)
Any chance to listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson be all smart and junk. “The Pluto Files” examines the negative reaction to Pluto’s de-planeting.
11:35pm – Late Show With David Letterman [CBS]
Robert Downey, Jr.!

Thursday, Dec. 15th
7pm – Attack of the Show [G4]
8pm – Charlie Brown Christmas [ABC] (Animated, Repeat)
8pm – Community [NBC] (Repeat, Animated)
Last season’s stop-motion animated Christmas episode.
9pm – Beauty and the Beast [ABC Family] (Animated, Movie With Commercials)
Replays at 7pm on Friday.
10pm – Burn Notice [USA] (Season Finale, MUST WATCH)
Michael, Sam, and Fiona must find a way to stop Anson’s diabolical plans while Michael is busy with a big assignment from the CIA. But can they succeed?
10pm – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia [FX] (Season Finale)
I will let the title speak for itself: “The High School Reunion Part 2: The Gang’s Revenge.”
10pm – Strange Days [Fox Movie Channel] (Movie)
12am – Jimmy Kimmel Live [ABC]
Robert Downey, Jr. continues his ‘Sherlock Holmes: Book of Shadows’ press tour.
Hulu Spotlight: Remington Steele
Pearce Brosnan is awesome. This enjoyable show both helped propel him to star status and cost him his first chance at playing James Bond. But it all worked out for the best.

Friday, Dec. 16th
6pm – Generator Rex [Cartoon Ntwk] (Animated)
6:30pm – Young Justice [Cartoon Ntwk] (Animated, Repeat)
Superboy and Miss Martian go undercover at a metahuman prison and find more than they were expecting.
7pm – Batman: The Brave and the Bold [Cartoon Ntwk] (Animated, Repeat)
Batman teams up with Green Lantern to battle Star Sapphire. I’m still sad there won’t be any more new episodes. Giant sigh.
8pm – Chuck [NBC] (MUST WATCH)
Rebecca Romijn guest stars as a vicious spy attempting to launch of computer virus. Also, Ellie and Awesome’s date night plans go awry.
8pm – Dune [BBC America] (Movie With Commercials)
Special “expanded version” of the 1985 classic – run-time is four hours so plan the snackies and restroom breaks accordingly.
9pm – Grimm [NBC] (Mid-Season Finale?)
Into the woods once more for a murder investigation that leads to another case. The episode is titled “Let Your Hair Down” – a Rapunzel reference maybe?
9pm – Great Performances [PBS]
The San Francisco Ballet performs their version of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid.” Make sure your kids know this version’s bummer ending so they’re not unpleasantly surprised.
9pm – Up [ABC Family] (Animated, Movie With Commercials)
Squirrel!!
10pm – Sanctuary [Syfy]
Will and Magnus end up trapped in a South American cave and working out some uncomfortable aspects of their relationship.
10pm – Steve Niles’ Remains [Chiller] (Movie With Commercials)
Creator/writer of 30 Days of Night comics also wrote a zombie mini-series. This is the television movie that is spawned. There will be blood.
11pm – X-Men Anime [G4]
11pm – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy [TBS] (Movie With Commercials)
11pm – The Thaw [IFC] (Movie With Commercials)
Four students must figure out how to deal with a parasite that could destroy the world. Stars Val Kilmer, Aaron Ashmore (‘Smallville’, ‘Warehouse 13’), and Kyle Schmid (‘Blood Ties’).
11:30pm – Iron Man Anime [G4]

Saturday, Dec. 17th
1:30pm – The Incredible Mr. Limpet [Turner Classic Movies] (Movies, Live-Action/Animated)
The Don Knotts classic where a man, who dreams of being a fish, gets his wish.
5pm – Storm Wars [Syfy] (Movie With Commercials)
Two brothers unite to challenge their weather controlling father. It’s some tights and a mutation away from being a superhero flick (you’re welcome Syfy).
5:30pm – The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [IFC] (Movie With Commercials)
7pm – Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs [Cartoon Ntwrk] (Animated, Movie With Commercials)
7pm – Wizard of Oz [TNT] (Movie With Commercials)
8pm – Young Frankenstein [Fox Movie Channel] (Movie)
8pm – Frosty The Snowman [CBS] (Animated)
8pm – Bringing Up Baby [Turner Classic Movies] (Movie)
This Katherine Hepburn/Cary Grant classic is said to be one of the earliest appearances of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.” I say, “Whatever, just watch the movie. It’s funny.”
8:05pm – Monty Python and the Holy Grail [IFC] (Movie With Commercials)
8:30pm – Frosty Returns [CBS] (Animated)
9pm – Primeval [BBC America] (Season Finale)
With personnel disappearing through the anomaly, Matt makes a tough decision.
9pm – Earth’s Final Hours [Syfy] (Movie With Commericals)
A chunk of super-debris embeds itself into the Earth and slows down the rotation. I’m guessing that’s a bad thing.
9pm – The Story of Santa Claus [CBS] (Animated)
9pm – WWE Tribute to the Troops [NBC]
In case you missed it the first time when it was on USA. Caution: Still contains Nickelback.
10pm – The Graham Norton Show [BBC America]
Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law co-promote ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows.’ Eddie Izzard is also a guest.
10:05 – Monty Python’s Life of Brian [IFC] (Movie With Commercials)
11pm – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [ABC Family] (Movie With Commercials)
The only version that matters. Accept no substitutes.
11pm – Quantum of Solace [USA] (Movie With Commercials)
11:29pm – Saturday Night Live [NBC]
Jimmy Fallon hosts with musical guest Michael Buble.
Daniel Craig’s second turn as Bond. Because yes.
12am – Bleach [Cartoon Ntwk] (Anime, Dubbed)
Hulu Spotlight: Earth 2
The complete series, essentially about space settlers landing in the wrong place and struggling to survive, is available via streaming and DVD. It’s worth checking out.

Sunday, Dec. 18th
12pm – Tekken [G4] (Movie With Commercials)
Based on the video game, John Foo stars as Jin Kazama who enters the tournament to avenge his mother’s death but finds there’s more at stake. Also stars Ian Anthony Dale (‘The Event’, ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’), Luke Goss (‘Blade II’, ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’), and Gary Daniels (‘The Expendables’). Also airs at 6pm.
3pm – Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends [Cartoon Ntwrk] (Animated, Repeat)
Bloo tries to prove that Santa is real for Mac who’s belief has been shaken. I miss this show.
3pm – Night at the Museum [FX] (Movie With Commercials)
4pm – An American In Paris [Turner Classic Movies] (Movie, Musical)
The Gene Kelly/Leslie Caron classic. It is the pretty and has songs by Gershwin.
5pm – An American Werewolf In London [Syfy] (Movie With Commercials)
5:30pm – Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian [FX] (Movie With Commercials)
8pm – Once Upon A Time [ABC] (Repeat)
See how Snow White meets Prince Charming as Mary Margaret reads to a comatose John Doe.
8:45pm – Lucky Number Slevin [IFC] (Movie With Commercials)
Josh Hartnett stars as a guy mistakenly involved in a feud between crime lords. Also stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Ben Kingsley.
9pm – Leverage [TNT] (MUST WATCH)
See what the guys were up to while the ladies were stopping a crooked deal and a bomb. What starts out as a friendly poker game ends up becoming a complicated and dangerous night for Nate, Eliot, and Hardison.
9pm – Geek Love [TLC]
Two half-hour episodes of this new series about nerd adventures in dating. The first ep features speed dating at New York Comic Con and the second explores the relative lack of ladies at “fan events.”
11:30pm – Robot Chicken [Cartoon Ntwk] (Animated)

About Tamara Brooks

A few things I wondered about as a kid: Why didn't Wonder Woman punch more bad guys in the face on the tv show?; How does Superman flying around the Earth turn back time?; Could someone really catch bullets with their teeth?; Why didn't the liquid bits of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man cause 3rd degree burns on whoever it landed on? Because melted marshmallow is up there with molten hot lava.