Tonight on the Tube: Pushing Daisies, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Life & Private Practice

News & Notes

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on DVDTonight, CBS has The Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, FOX has the series premiere of Secret Millionaire, MyNetworkTV has a Eyes on Kenya special, and NBC has the Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2008 special.

Over on cable, BBC America has a Should I Smoke Dope? special, Sundance has the series premiere of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…, TBS has the third season premiere of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, and Versus has the fourth season premiere of The Contender.

Enter our Ghost Whisper: Spirit Guide giveaway.

Prime Picks

Pushing Daisies (ABC): New. Ned and Olive have entered a comfort food cooking contest, but things turn deadly.

Private Practice (ABC): New. Addison and Charlotte are working to save a woman in a coma and her unborn baby. Meg comes to work at Oceanside and clashes with the other members of the staff. Runs 61 minutes.

Dirty Sexy Money (ABC): New. Karen is preparing for her wedding. Tripp wants Nick to keep the wedding from going forward.

Solid Selections

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS): Repeat. Watch the classic tale of Rudolph and his pulling of Santa’s sleigh. Narrated by Burl Ives.

Life (NBC): New. Crews and Reese are called in to help investigate when a sheriff’s deputy is found dead on an Indian reservation. Also, Crews goes to a charity benefit being put on by one of the people he thinks was behind his being setup and sent to prison.

Law & Order (NBC): New. It looks like a sheriff held in good regard may be a conspirator in the murder of a tourist. Guest starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica).

Cable Choices

Good Eats (Food Network): Repeat. Alton makes some homemade sausage and then some tasty meatballs. Both play again later.

Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): Repeats. Bobby competes in a “Red Velvet Cake” battle and then in a “Gingerbread” battle. Both play again later.

Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS): Season Premiere. Two new episodes play, “Labor Paynes, Part 1 & 2” tonight. Four repeat episode play right before.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action with Indiana at Wake Forest followed by Michigan State at North Carolina.
  • ESPN2 has doubleheader college basketball action with Penn State at Georgia Tech followed by Florida State at Northwestern.
  • NBA TV has the Phoenix Suns at the New Orleans Hornets.

TV Marathons

Bravo has 11 episodes of Top Chef.
Oxygen has 18 episodes of Roseanne.
Sci Fi has eight episodes of The Twilight Zone early.
Spike has nine hours of CSI: NY episodes.
Travel Channel has eight episodes of Food Paradise.

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5 comments… add one
  • Pam Dec 3, 2008, 10:30 am

    Is there a reason MEDIUM is missing from your Winter 2008/09 PrimetimeTV Schedule?

  • Jason the TVaholic Dec 3, 2008, 5:28 pm

    Pam, Yes, the reason is that NBC just officially announced when Medium will be back today and secondly, because it doesn’t return until Monday, February 2nd, and the schedule presently reflects what will be playing on Mondays during January.

  • Helen Dec 3, 2008, 9:21 pm

    I notice that Eli Stone was on your first preliminary winter schedule but not on this newest version. ABC is planning on keeping it, right? Also, Scrubs is coming back Jan.6th or something like that, am I right to assume it will go in one of the TBD slots you have listed for ABC? One last thing, (not really about the schedule) but I’ve noticed that you hardly ever mention Ugly Betty as an option on Thursdays. Why is that?

  • Jason the TVaholic Dec 4, 2008, 5:19 am

    Helen, Eli Stone hasn’t been officially cancelled by ABC, but it doesn’t look good for the show. Scrubs does come back on Jan. 6th, but it will take over the timeslot presently filled by According to Jim, which will move up an hour on the same night. As for Ugly Betty, I don’t mention it much, cause I don’t particularly care for it. But, as always, if you think I’m missing the boat, the comments are always open for TVaholic readers to add shows that they think are worth checking out on a given night.

  • Helen Dec 4, 2008, 9:31 am

    Thanks Jason. I’m very sad to hear Eli Stone may not be back. I’ve really enjoyed it. And I used to think Ugly Betty was stupid, so I understand if you don’t care for it. I was just curious why it was not mentioned very often.

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