News & Notes
Over on cable, BBC America has the Top Gear: Polar Special, Planet Green has the second season finale of Emeril Green, TLC has a Little Chocolatiers special and a World Chocolate Championship special, and TNT has the fifth season finale of The Closer.
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! (ABC): Repeat. The follow up to the animated classic has Linus and Lucy’s brother ReRun trying to reduce his stress by playing with Snoopy, who wants nothing to do with him.
The Closer (TNT): Season Finale. Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) is back as Capt. Rayder and she thinks that one of her detectives is being abused at home, so the case is given to Major Case to look into. Plays again later. Another great episode, even if I think last week’s episode might have made a better season ender. This episode returns to the pure drama after last week’s comic romp, yet still has plenty of humor throughout the episode. There is a lot going on at work and home for Brenda. She must deal with Rayder at work and an agitated Fritz at home. Wish they had either come back for more episodes for the winter, cause three is just enough to get back into the show and then have it taken away from you. Although, I can understand TNT wanting to use their best show to try and launch Men of a Certain Age.
Men of a Certain Age (TNT): New. Joe attempts to get his son interested in golf. Owen attempts to sell more cars. Terry gets into his new role a little too much. Plays again later.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS): Repeat. This season’s premiere episode, “Definitions,” replays, where Lily makes Barney and Robin define their relationship.
Accidentally on Purpose (CBS): Repeat. The “One Night Stand” episode from earlier this season replays, where a pregnant Billie seems to be even more attractive to the opposite sex.
Two and a Half Men (CBS): Repeat. The “The Mooch at the Boo” episode from last season replays, where Charlie is trying to cover for Jake after he disappears with a neighbor’s daughter. Runs 31 minutes.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Repeat. Last season’s Christmas episode, “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis,” replays, which was a great episode. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 29 minutes.
Castle (ABC): Repeat. Jump back to Halloween with “Vampire Weekend” from earlier this season, where Castle plays space cowboy in a great opening sequence.
- ESPN has Monday Night Football with the New York Giants at the Washington Redskins.
- ESPN2 has doubleheader college basketball action.
- NBA TV has the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Phoenix Suns.
- Versus has NHL action.
Discovery Channel has seven episodes of Overhaulin’.
Hallmark Channel has six Christmas/Holiday themed TV movies.
Oxygen has 12 episodes of Living Single.
Spike has nine hours of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episodes..
USA has nine episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.