Archive for Tuesday, December 7, 2010

NBC game show ‘Minute to Win It” returns with holiday episodes

December 7, 2010


The silly game show “Minute To Win It” (7 p.m., NBC) returns with a “Twelve Days of Christmas” theme. Get those swans a-swimming! Hosted by Guy Fieri, the show returns over the next three Tuesdays with holiday episodes and then returns for a regular run beginning Jan. 5.

While normally seen as summer-season filler, game shows like “Win It” often do well during the Christmas season. NBC launched “Deal or No Deal” in December 2005, and it continued for four network seasons before embarking on a syndicated run.

• Cable series also resume their truncated seasons, including “Eureka” (8 p.m. Syfy) with a dangerous experiment that takes place during a town-wide Christmas celebration.

• The holidays loom large on the fantasy series “Warehouse 13” (9 p.m., Syfy) as an evil Santa embarks on a burglary spree.

• I’m never surprised by the ability of cable series to imitate other cable series. Can you believe there are two series dedicated to auctioning the contents of foreclosed storage lockers? Four ”Auction Hunters“ (Spike) air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. And how many shows can be devoted to cakes and/or cupcakes? ”Cupcake Wars“ (8 p.m., Food) enters its second season of confection and competition, complete with a Hollywood Christmas-tree lighting.

• Speaking of Christmas trees, the 1965 animated special ”A Charlie Brown Christmas“ (7 p.m., ABC) returns to explore the true meaning of Christmas.

• Christmas specials of a more recent vintage include the 2010 fantasy ”The Santa Incident“ (7 p.m., Hallmark), starring Ione Skye (”Private Practice”) and Greg Germann (“Ally McBeal”).

With a plot both preposterous and all but inevitable, ”Incident“ concerns a worldwide crisis that unfolds when Homeland Security targets Santa’s sled as a possible terror threat. Viewers who have been waiting to see the big man (James Cosmo) and his eight tiny reindeers brought down by a heat-seeking missile should not miss this.

• DVDs available today include a collection of the first 15 films of the ESPN ”30 for 30“ series, as well as the John Lennon profile ”LennonNYC,“ recently seen on PBS.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Not-so-secret Santas on ”Glee“ (7 p.m., Fox).

• Emma Thompson plays a homely governess just this side of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in the 2005 fantasy ”Nanny McPhee“ (7 p.m., AMC).

• Burt obtains the hottest Christmas toy but can’t help cashing in on the hot item on the Christmas episode of ”Raising Hope“ (8 p.m., Fox).

•  Jim resents George for hogging credit on ”No Ordinary Family“ (8 p.m., ABC).

• On two episodes of ”In Treatment“ (HBO), Jesse remains a closed book (8 p.m.), Paul blames Adele for a therapeutic block (8:30 p.m.).

• Steve and Emmy seek new perspectives on ”Running Wilde“ (8:30 p.m., Fox).

• The firm absorbs a new partner while Alicia weighs her romantic options on the repeat second-season premiere of ”The Good Wife“ (9 p.m., CBS).

• A couple missing since the 1960s turn up dead on ”Detroit 1-8-7“ (9 p.m., ABC). Della Reese (”Touched by an Angel“) guest stars.


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