Archive for Sunday, December 18, 2011

‘Holiday Homes’ injects Hollywood glam

December 18, 2011


HGTV’s “Celebrity Holiday Homes” (7 p.m. Sunday) puts the tinsel in Tinseltown and harks back to the yuletide excess of yore. In the second helping of the season, singer Jo Dee Messina needs the help of designer Matthew Haly to breathe some family-friendly comforts into her Nashville home. Wayne Brady opts for a more exotic Hawaiian theme for his holiday decorations; help arrives in the form of designer Stacey Vuduris and an onslaught of coconuts, seashells and starfish. Actress Alison Sweeney requires the professional help of designer Sandra Espinet to breathe some “Hollywood glam” into her holiday decor.

• Christmas may be the time for giving, but it’s also the time for stealing. Plots, that is. Hallmark, self- proclaimed home to 1,300 hours of holiday fare, presents “Christmas Magic” (7 p.m. Sunday), a holiday trifle shot through with feel-good plagiarism. For starters, it’s a movie about a fledgling angel earning her wings through a celestial intervention with a would-be suicide. If there were any lawyers in heaven, Clarence from “It’s a Wonderful Life” could sue.

• Football season comes to a climax on “All-American Muslim” (9 p.m. Sunday, TLC). The home improvement chain store Lowe’s pulled advertisements from this series because of pressure from a conservative organization that deemed the show’s depiction of an ethnic group’s assimilation into American society to be too “controversial.” The only thing controversial about this sad incident is Lowe’s decision.

Sunday’s highlights

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; Meryl Streep; the health of maritime reefs.

• The Chargers host the Ravens on “Sunday Night Football” (7 p.m., NBC).

• John Doe lies in a coma on “Once Upon a Time” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Tim Allen returns in the 2006 sequel “The Santa Clause 3” (8 p.m., ABC).

• Durant faces financial calamity on “Hell on Wheels” (9 p.m., AMC).

Sunday’s season finales

• “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS) extinguishes another torch. A reunion (10 p.m.) follows.

• Allen has his way on “Allen Gregory” (7:30 p.m., Fox).

• Dexter and the authorities rush to stop the Doomsday killer on the season finale of “Dexter” (8 p.m., Showtime).

• Carrie’s theories fall under scrutiny as Brody makes his final preparations on the season finale of “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime).

Sunday series

Lost keys reveal a secret Springfield on “The Simpsons” (7 p.m., Fox) ... Stewie sets his sights on the North Pole on “Family Guy” (8 p.m., Fox).


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