Bones (FOX): New. A man in a Santa suit is found dead in a drain, just days before Christmas.
House (FOX): New. An over-the-hill former rock star is the case of the week and House is under orders by Cuddy to stop messing around and choose his team.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC): New. A nanny is found dead and while her Internet lover is the prime suspect, the detectives take a closer look at her employers as well.
NCIS (CBS): New. It looks like the military may have been grooming a Marine to become a supersoldier.
The Unit (CBS): New. Bob is morally conflicted over the deadly task at hand on a sniper mission and puts the entire team at risk.
Cane (CBS): New. Alex is getting a little too comfortable with some gangsters on a gambling trip and then things turn violent.
The Closer (TNT): Repeats. The first three episodes of season two replay, “Blue Blood,” “Mom Duty,” which has Brenda’s mom coming for a visit and was very funny, and Slippin’.”
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC): Repeat. The classic animated tale of Charlie Brown seeking the meaning of Christmas.
- Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel): New. Tonight, Mike works with a runway painting crew and as a spray insulation technician. Plays again later.
- Iron Chef America (Food Network): Repeat. The special “All Star Holiday Dessert Battle” episode replays with Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine going up against Paula Dean and Cat Cora. Replays again later.
- Nip/Tuck (FX): New. Sean decides to take his relationship with Kate in a new direction after being inspired by a patient. Christian is persuaded to perform surgery on one of Eden’s friends. Runs 62 minutes and plays twice.
- ESPN has a college basketball doubleheader with Wisconsin at Duke in the second game.
- ESPN2 has a college basketball doubleheader with Purdue at Clemson in the second game.
- NBA TV has the Boston Celtics at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Versus has NHL action.
- Flash Gordon (Sci Fi): Repeat. The “Stand and Deliver” episode from two Fridays ago replays.
- Frank TV (TBS): New. Sketches include impersonations of Donald Trump, President Bush and Sean Connery. Plays again later.
A&E has five episodes of CSI: Miami tonight.
Bravo has five episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County tonight.
Oxygen has six episodes of The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency followed by 14 episodes of Snapped.
Sci Fi has seven episodes of Night Stalker early.
Spike TV has six episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation tonight.