There's a lot of TV options to choose from. Too much for any one person to completely monitor, but that doesn't mean we're not going to do our best to sift through all the listings and figure out what you should be watching every week...with all the highlights, lowlights and guilty pleasures you can stand.
Monday, Dec. 20th
8:00 p.m. Million Dollar Money Drop (Fox)
Fox's new game show doesn't bury the lead, does it? MDMP literally puts a million bucks in front of contestants who have to wager all the money on multiple-choice questions. They can spread the dough out, but wrong answers mean money gets taken away. (Quite a novel concept.) It might seem corny, but there won't be a lot of new stuff airing with Christmas coming up, so you might as well give it a shot. What else are you going to do? Read?
Tuesday, Dec. 21st
8:00 p.m. Biography: Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child (Biography Channel)
One of the greatest guitar players (and bandana wearers) of all time gets profiled in this special which looks at the '60s legend’s story through archival footage and his own letters. Hendrix was a prolific talent who deserves a whole channel devoted to his music, but we'll settle for 60 minutes in the meantime.
Also on Tuesday
11:00 p.m. Hooters Snow Angels (Spike)
Hooters has their own swimsuit special. It's a Christmas miracle! (Every time a hot girl puts on a Hooters top, an angel gets its wings.) We're not sure if Victoria's Secret has a problem with a buffalo-wings joint stepping onto their turf, but we sure as hell don't. The more scantily clad ladies on TV to help warm our cockles this winter, the better.
Wednesday, Dec. 22nd
11:00 p.m. Conan (TBS)
Coco serves up an interesting mix of guests this Wednesday. First up, the curtains pull back for funnyman and Gulliver's Travels star Jack Black (above), who's always good for making a few high-pitched metal screams. Next comes Erika Nelson, who has a traveling museum called "The World's Largest Collection of The World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things." Finally, rockabilly and blues master Jimmie Vaughan will rock your face off for the holidays.
Saturday, Dec. 25th
9:00 p.m. Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (BBC America)
Sure it's a little geeky (okay, a LOT geeky), but the annual Doctor Who Christmas episodes are always fantastic sci-fi cappers to the year. This time around the doctor and his married companions Amy and Rory get into Scroogey shenanigans that will most likely involve aliens. It's a tried and true concept, but one that always gets us a little misty. Geeks bless us, every one!
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Friday through Saturday, Dec. 24th-25th
A Christmas Story (TBS)
In what has become a grand tradition, TBS will kick off their annual A Christmas Story marathon at 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will continue on through till 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. Relive all of the highs and lows of 1950s childhood awkwardness with pink bunny suits, decoder rings, and the first dropping of an F-bomb. Maybe later you can pop in director Bob Clark's other classic, Porky's! We remember Kim Cattrall singing an interesting carol in that one…
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Thursday, Dec. 23rd
11:00 p.m. Shep & Tiffany Watch TV (Bravo)
Were you hoping to see crappy animation mocking crappy television? Then you're in luck with Shep & Tiffany, which does Squigglevision no favors. (Please, TV gods, no more wiggling/undulating animation.) There are so many other, better shows doing pop-culture satire in a superior fashion, from Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon's monologues to the weekly greatness that is The Soup, why bother even trying? Then again, it's Bravo.