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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 5-11

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 4th 2011 2:00PM

'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW)
midseason finale
Lily throws Charlie a party to officially introduce her to New York society. Meanwhile, Charlie's ex-boyfriend, Max, throws a wrench into Charlie's future as an Upper East Side princess. Dan decides it may be time to tell Blair the truth about his feelings for her.

'MAD' (8.30PM ET, Cartoon Network)
The satirical cartoon spoofs 'Captain America,' 'Supernatural' and 'My Super Sweet Sixteen.'

'Neverland' (9PM ET, SyFy) miniseries finale
This new prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic, 'Peter Pan,' comes to a close. Starring Rhys Ifans as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg's feature 'Hook'), and Charlie Rowe as one of literature's most cherished characters, Peter Pan.

'Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too' (10PM ET, Oxygen) season premiere
Oxygen meddles with love once again with the season three return of this dating competition series, featuring former 'Bad Girls' -- Judi (season seven), Kori (season six) and Sydney (season six) -- as they compete and search for love from a pool of 13 eligible suitors who can put up with their outrageous ways.


'Eureka' (8PM ET, Syfy)
special presentation
The first in a night of cult-favorite holiday specials ('Warehouse 13' and 'Haven' follow), this episode sees Eureka animated after an inexplicable wave of color washes through the town.

'Hide' (9PM ET, TNT) original telefilm
Carla Gugino plays Boston Police Detective D.D. Warren, who is called to the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital where a buried chamber is discovered. Inside are the mummified remains of six young women, who have all been missing for years. The case leads D.D. to Annabelle, a young woman who spent her childhood moving from city to city, from identity to identity, hiding from someone or something totally unknown to her. D.D. uses clues from Annabelle's secret past to unravel the mystery behind her twisted family history. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kevin Alejandro also star.

'Sons of Anarchy' (10PM ET, FX) season finale
Jax must overcome great obstacles as he attempts to finalize the gun deal between the Irish and the cartel.


'Suburgatory' (8.30PM ET, ABC)

When Tessa overhears George break up with his girlfriend, Zoe, on Skype, she blames herself for his failed relationship and decides that she's going to get them back together. Unbeknownst to her, though, George is really enamored with Tessa's cute art teacher, Aimee. George decides to embrace the holiday spirit with a tree trimming party complete with ex-girlfriend, potential new girlfriend and the Royces, and he soon finds himself under the mistletoe with a special someone.

'America's Next Top Model: All-Stars' (9PM ET, The CW) season finale
The first ever all-star winner is chosen. The women participate in the final photo shoot and a challenging runway finale that includes flying and modeling under water.

'Happy Endings' (9.30PM ET, ABC)
Max, desperate for cash, agrees to dress up as Santa for Penny's charity event; Jane accidently gives housekeeper Gita (guest star Jamie Denbo) the envelope stuffed with money for their big Xmas getaway to Turks and Caicos, instead of the $200 Christmas tip she had planned, and she schemes to get the cash back.

'State of Play' (10PM ET, BBC America) series premiere
Forget the eminently forgettable Russell Crowe/Ben Affleck movie and catch the 2003 series that inspired it. Bill Nighy, John Simm, David Morrissey, James McAvoy and Kelly Macdonald star in this British political thriller, wherein the death of a research assistant who worked for a Labor MP leads to tough questions about the nature of their relationship. The waters are muddied further when her death is linked to the murder of a black teen the same day.


'Community' (8PM ET, NBC)

Another unmissable (seriously, don't you dare miss it) holiday episode of the cult comedy sees the study group filling in for Greendale's sidelined glee club. Skeptical at first, they eventually fall under his hypnotic spell one-by-one, singing and dancing their way to the annual Christmas Pageant. ('Glee' jabs galore!)

'Parks and Recreation' (8.30PM ET, NBC)
Unable to get work done from inside the Parks Department, Leslie forms a citizen action group and fights from the outside. Meanwhile, everyone in the office brainstorms ideas for what to get Leslie for Christmas.

'Bones' (9PM ET, Fox)
The team discovers the remains of a so-called "storm chaser" who seems to have died while following a tornado. But footage recorded during the storm ultimately leads them to believe he was murdered. Meanwhile, Booth becomes increasingly overprotective of Brennan both at home and in the field, and sleep-deprived Angela and Hodgins come to terms with having Angela's rock musician father (guest star Billy F. Gibbons) babysit their infant son.

'The Mentalist' (10PM ET, CBS)
Jane and the CBI investigate when a retired NFL star quarterback is presumed dead after his car blows up. Meanwhile, while preparing for a court case, Rigsby and Harrigan take their relationship to the next level. Craig Bierko guest stars as Doc Dugan, a retired NFL star quarterback. Michael Rady returns as Luther Wainwright.


'Chuck' (8PM ET, NBC)

A mission to track down a computer super virus leads Chuck to return to his roots as a hacker -- and to call on his biggest competition, Gertrude Verbanksi (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss), for help. Elsewhere, a new Buy More employee ('Community' star Danny Pudi) complicates Jeff and Lester's friendship.

'The Take' (9PM ET, Encore)
Tom Hardy's violent miniseries continues, with this episode set between 1988-1990. There's a new killing to be made and Freddie and Jimmy are forming alliances with the help of Ozzy. When Freddie's behavior takes a shocking turn for the worse and almost ruins a deal, Jimmy takes control.

'Boss' (10PM ET, Starz) season finale
Election Day. The race is close, and Kane and Stone do their part to turn the gears of the political machine. Emma's world is upended while Meredith goes to great lengths to prove her loyalty to Kane.


'Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2011' (8PM ET, Spike)
two-hour special presentation
Geek god Zachary Levi hosts this celebration of gaming, with appearances from Brooklyn Decker, Seth Green, LL Cool J, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and NFL Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.

'Snowmageddon' (9PM ET, Syfy) original telefilmSnowmageddon
With a title like that, how can you resist? Starring Michael Hogan ('Battlestar Galactica'), David Cubitt ('Medium') and Magda Apanowicz ('Caprica'), the Christmas-themed telefilm is about a mystical snow globe that makes very bad things happen in the real world when it is shaken.

'Appropriate Adult' (10PM ET, Sundance Channel) original miniseries premiere
Based on true events, this two-part miniseries tells the story of British serial killer Fred West and his relationship with his "appropriate adult," Janet Leach. In the UK, an "appropriate adult" is appointed to sit in on police interviews with children or vulnerable adults to safeguard their interests. Featuring acclaimed actor Dominic West ('The Wire') portraying Fred West, with Academy Award-nominated actress Emily Watson starring as Janet Leach.


CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute' (8PM ET, CNN) special presentation
War widows, "motel kids" and the working poor are among the many people who have been helped by this year's Top 10 CNN Heroes. All of the Heroes were nominated by CNN viewers for their hard work and commitment to helping their local communities, and each person in the Top 10 receives a $50,000 grant. At the end of the tribute show, hosted by Anderson Cooper, one of the Top 10 will be announced as the CNN Hero of the Year and receive an additional $250,000. With appearances from will.i.am, Miley Cyrus, Kurt Warner and J.R. Martinez, with a performance from Kid Rock.

'Once Upon a Time' (8PM ET, ABC)
One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White.

'The Good Wife' (9PM ET, CBS)
As Alicia looks for a way to have a judgment thrown out following a shocking guilty verdict, she also begins to feel the consequences of decisions in her personal life.

'Luck' (10PM ET, HBO) series premiere
This new drama series is a provocative look at horse racing - the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. The all-star cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte, with the pilot written by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann.

What will you be watching this week?

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What, no love for the Amazing Race finale on Sunday night?

December 05 2011 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glee, happy endings, bones, Grimm, and once upon a time!!

December 04 2011 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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