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Have yourself a Carey little Christmas

December 13, 2010

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Mariah Carey has now been around long enough to have recorded her second Christmas album. “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You” (8 p.m., ABC) features songs from her new album “Merry Christmas II You,” a follow up to her 1994 multiplatinum hit “Merry Christmas.” Taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.

• In a move as logical as it is inevitable, the CW has decided to act like a cable network and throw out its regular schedule for the week and show only episodes of “The Vampire Diaries” (7 p.m. and 8 p.m.) all week long.

At the risk of offending some fans of “Gossip Girl” or “Supernatural,” this programming stunt may get some viewers hooked on the “Vampire” habit. Countless cable series were launched this way. “Project Runway” was a bit of a dud when it first aired, but Bravo believed in it and broadcast little else for weekends at a time and turned the show into a must-see for many.

Tonight’s “Vampire” marathon begins with the second-season opener in which Elena discovers her dead uncle’s body (7 p.m.), followed (8 p.m.) by Carol undergoing unexpected transformations. Will viewers bite?

• In other marathon news, the Food Network will be airing 21 viewers’ favorites of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (7 p.m., Food) over the course of the week. Things kick off with a “Best of” episode, followed by an original “Diner” (8 p.m.) that travels to Belmar, N.J., in search of a Mexican restaurant specializing in homemade adobo sauce. Seems like you can find everything on the Jersey shore these days.

• Food network’s 21 trips to the “Diner” may seem a tad risky, cholesterol-wise, but it pales before a six-episode marathon of “1000 Ways to Die” (6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Spike).

Tonight’s other highlights

• The series “Moguls & Movie Stars” (7 p.m., TCM) concludes with a look at Hollywood in the 1960s, during the decline of the studio system.

• Houston hosts Baltimore on “Monday Night Football” (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

• Rock songs and guilty pleasures dominate the playlist on “The Sing-Off” (7 p.m., NBC).

• A skateboarder collapses on “House” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Competition continues on “Skating with the Stars” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Zooey Deschanel stars in “Tin Man” (7 p.m., Syfy), the ambitious 2007 miniseries re-imagination of the “Wizard of Oz” tale. Co-stars include Neal McDonough, Alan Cumming, and Richard Dreyfuss.

• Lightman travels to a war zone to free two captured soldiers on “Lie to Me” (8 p.m., Fox).

• A killer returns on “Hawaii Five-O” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Bombs away on “Chase” (9 p.m., NBC).

• A vintage bullet still does the trick on “Castle” (9 p.m., ABC).

• “Intervention” (8 p.m., A&E) enters its tenth season.

Cult choice

Aging silent screen stars (Bette Davis and Joan Crawford) share a decaying mansion and a sadistic relationship in the 1962 shocker “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (11 p.m., TCM).

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