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Tune In Tonight: Teen angst and ghostly guests

December 28, 2012

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There’s no trouble like “Teen Trouble” (9 p.m., Lifetime). In this new series, author and motivational speaker Josh Shipp promises to “embed” himself in a different teen’s life every week. He helps at-risk youth confront their problems, along with their parents, teachers and peers.

Shipp speaks from experience, having been abandoned at birth and marooned in a number of foster homes, where he experienced abuse and addiction before he turned his life around. In the first “Trouble,” he confronts an Indiana girl too wild to be contained by her small rural town.

• Internet sites and smartphones help us choose hotels with good reputations. What if you’re looking for an inn with a more sordid history? One filled with murder, shootings, hangings and suicide? The gang on “Ghost Adventures” (8 p.m., Travel) glances back at some hotels with the most grisly stories.

An original episode of “The Dead Files” (9 p.m., Travel) follows, set at a Wichita, Kan., farm reportedly beset with paranormal activity of a malevolent nature.

Tonight’s other highlights:

• Tamed dragons flee just before the holidays on “DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury” (7 p.m., Fox).

• On three episodes of “Undercover Boss” (CBS), window treatments (7 p.m.), septic tanks for the memories (8 p.m.), a sign of change (9 p.m.).

• Anachronisms abound in the 2011 special “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” (7:30 p.m., Fox).

• Bickering sisters get some tough love and advice on “Kitchen Nightmares” (8 p.m., Fox).

• A journalist concludes her visit to the land where biblical stories originated on “Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour” (8 p.m., ABC).

• Some of the guys come clean about their pasts on “Gold Rush — The Dirt” (8 p.m., Discovery).

• New dredges bring fresh hope on “Bering Sea Gold” (9 p.m., Discovery).

“Unearthing Ancient Secrets” (8 p.m., Science) looks at the hard life of soldiers under Alexander the Great.

• A Polish song-and-dance team (Carole Lombard and Jack Benny) foils Nazi occupiers in the 1942 comedy “To Be or Not To Be” (9 p.m., TCM). The film was made before the full extent of Nazi atrocities in Poland were known. Even then, its comic take was not warmly received by critics or filmgoers.

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