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‘A Home for the Holidays’ returns

December 23, 2009

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The stars align (as do a few CBS regulars) to present the 11th annual “A Home for the Holidays” (7 p.m., CBS). For the second year, singer Faith Hill hosts the always emotional show, dedicated to celebrating and encouraging adoption with musical performances and personal anecdotes from both adopted children and the parents who chose to make them part of their lives.

Musician Michael Franti recalls how his parents not only gave him a home but shared a love of music that helped him become a poet, writer, performer and composer and lead singer for Spearhead, a band that fuses hip-hop with a variety of musical genres.

Others to share their music include Mary J. Blige, Reba McEntire, Shakira and Carrie Underwood. “Accidentally on Purpose” star Jenna Elfman and Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) present other stories of foster-care adoptions. According to the makers of this program, there are more than 500,000 children currently in foster care in the United States and 129,000 awaiting adoption.

• The focus remains on family with “Jonas Brothers” (9 p.m., E!), a profile of the sibling singing sensations. The hourlong special includes interviews with friends, neighbors and family members who knew them before their fame.

Despite some critical quibbling and speculation that they have peaked, “Jonas Brothers” reports that the band has continued to sell music, merchandise and concert tickets to the tune of more than $100 million.

“Brothers” also includes early-performance footage and childhood photos. It remains to be seen whether the brothers will transcend the realm of boy band and graduate to something more lasting and substantial, or join the ranks of Hanson and other teen megastars in the “weren’t they cute then” wing of the Where-Are-They-Now? Museum.

• Licensed contractor and “House Crashers” (9:30 p.m., DIY) host Josh Temple visits a Disney resort, where everything is licensed. Once there, he helps fix a Lilo theme exhibit and pitches in to prepare for “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.”

Tonight’s other highlights

• On two episodes of “Mercy” (NBC), marriage counseling from an unusual source (7 p.m.), Veronica’s affair becomes less secret (8 p.m.).

• The voice of Boris Karloff animates “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (7 p.m., ABC).

• California and Utah tangle in the Poinsettia Bowl (7 p.m., ESPN).

• On two episodes of “Glee” (Fox), Kurt tries out for football to impress his dad (7 p.m.), Will recruits an old classmate (Kristin Chenoweth) to inspire the club (8 p.m.).

• John, Paul, George, Ringo and George Martin recall their studio collaboration from 1962 to 1969 on “The Beatles on Record” (7 p.m., History).

• Jay expresses himself through his model airplane on “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC).

• Forensics offers clues after a posh town house explodes on “CSI: NY” (9 p.m., CBS).

Cult choice

Director Howard Hawks bet author Ernest Hemingway that he could make a good movie from even his “worst” book, and the result was “To Have and Have Not” (7 p.m., TCM), featuring the off- and on-screen sizzle between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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