Tonight on the Tube: Smallville, 30 Rock, SNL Christmas & Festivus

Seinfeld Season 9, which includes 'The Strike' episode that introduces FestivusTonight, if you care What Perez Sez About 2007, then VH1 has a special for you, USA has the fall finale of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and best of all, TBS is airing four Christmas themed episodes of Seinfeld, which starts with “The Strike” episode where the holiday of “Festivus” is introduced. Are you ready for the “Feats of Strength” and the “Airing of Grievances?”

In other TV news, if you were hoping to watch a new episode of Big Shots tonight, you are going to be disappointed, as ABC has shelved the final three episodes that were schedule to play over the next three weeks. Repeats of Private Practice will play instead.

Prime Picks

Smallville (The CW): New. Chloe finally tells Jimmy she is one of the meteor infected. Clark returns from the fortress and tells Lana that Kara is gone and Lana tells him that a man named Adrian that seems to be meteor infected was looking for him.

30 Rock (NBC): New. Tracy is unable to attend the staff’s annual holiday party because of his legal troubles and Liz’s parents come for a visit, along with her brother, played by Andy Richter (Andy Barker, P.I., Andy Richter Controls the Universe). Runs 30 minutes.
Saturday Night Live Christmas (NBC): Repeat. A compilation of Christmas and holiday sketches plays. They include Adam Sandler singing his “Hanukkah Song,” Ana Gasteyer in “Martha Stewart’s Naked Christmas,” Alec Baldwin talking about his “Schwetty Balls” and many other classic bits. Runs 90 minutes.

Solid Selections

The Office (NBC): Repeat. It is a “Benihana Christmas” and the party planning committee has a rift and ends up with dueling Christmas parties. Runs 60 minutes.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): New. Warrick attempts to clear his name after the exotic dancer was found dead in his car at the strip club.

Without a Trace (CBS): New. A genius college student working as a mall Santa goes missing, but the team wonders if he is involved in something criminal.

Cable Choices

Good Eats (Food Network): Repeat. Alton shows you the science behind making the best homemade marshmallow. Plays again later.
Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): Repeat. Bobby gets his crepe on in this battle. Plays again later.

Seinfeld (TBS): Repeats. Are you ready for Festivus? TBS is playing four Christmas themed episodes of Seinfeld tonight. The first is “The Strike” or the episode in which “Festivus” is introduced. The second is “The Pick” or the episode where Elaine shows a bit too much of herself on her Christmas cards. In “The Mom and Pop Store,” George thinks he has bought a car once owned by Jon Voight. The fourth episode is “The Red Dot.”

Other Options

  • Ace of Cakes (Food Network): New. It is a “Charm City Christmas,” as Duff, Mary Alice and Geoff head to New York to discuss the building of a cake to celebrate the Rockettes’ 75th Anniversary Christmas Spectacular.
  • American Chopper (TLC): Repeat. The episode where the guys make a Santa’s Sleigh inspired bike replays. Replays again later.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA): Fall Finale. Four college freshmen have been executed and it falls on Logan and Falacci to track down the perpetrators. Plays again later.
  • Mad Men (AMC): Repeat. The “Indian Summer” episode replays, where Peggy is dealing with a difficult assignment and Don uses Roger’s problems to his advantage. Replays again later.

Sports Notes

  • NFL Network has the Denver Broncos at the Houston Texans.
  • TNT has an NBA doubleheader with the Washington Wizards at the Miami Heat followed by the San Antonio Spurs at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Late Night

  • House (USA): Repeat. The “Three Stories” episode from the end of season one replays. This is one of the all time best episodes of House and the one where you find out what happened to his leg, just flat out great storytelling.

TV Marathons

Bravo has five episodes of Shear Genius.
MTV has five episodes of America’s Next Top Model tonght.
Oxygen has 13 episodes of Snapped.
Sci Fi has eight hour long episodes of The Twilight Zone early.
USA has 13 hours of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes, which ends with the last two new episodes of the series, before tonight, replaying.
VH1 has six episodes of I Love the ‘90s: Part Deux tonight.

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