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Mentalist brings heat while Housewives of OC return

Cynthia is at the top of her game as the Television Blogger here at SheKnows. Don't touch that dial!

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I feel so empty. A Monday night without Dancing with the Stars! Luckily ABC showed one of my holiday favorites, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in its place. Next Monday it's Charlie Brown Christmas, but what will I do after that? Gossip Girl!

Last night also featured a particularly bizarre episode of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles. Bizarre for that show means it was mostly Cameron and a bunch of flashbacks to a Terminator who landed in the 1920's. Interesting way to tell the story, coming at it like a researcher does, adding bits and pieces from here and there until the whole picture is revealed. I loved the Terminator in the wall but in general the episode didn't add anything to the storyline. Oh, and I'm still hating this whole Riley thing. Enough already.

I hear Heroes dropped a big bomb last night, too? I don't watch the show but I heard there was a big death. Of course, on Heroes, like many other shows these days, dead doesn't mean dead. Even Denny came back for Izzie, so on Heroes, it's no problem whatsoever.

Let's take a look at what else is going on around the TV-o-sphere.

Tonight On TV - Tuesday, December 2

ABC delivers more holiday fun with the puppet action of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, then According to Jim returns (yes, the show is still running) and finally it's a new episode of Eli Stone.

On CBS, the NCIS crew looks into a suspicious car accident, then Patrick goes undercover to investigate the deaths of 3 National Guard vets on The Mentalist, and that's followed by Without a Trace.

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NBC begins with The Biggest Loser and Olivia faces some demons of her own on Law & Order: SVU.

Hot TVThe CW goes with reruns of 90210 and Privileged.

Finally, a fitness guru collapses on FOX's House, then it's a case that ignores the laws of physics on Fringe.

Over on cable

The Bad Girl's Club returns to Oxygen while Bravo visits with those bad girls of the OC in The Real Housewives of Orange County.

MTV has a cast reunion and then the finale of Paris Hilton's My New BFF and MyNetworkTV has the World Music Awards.

For holiday fare, ABCFamily has Polar Express and Hallmark goes with Meet the Santas.

News and notable

CBS has given Eleventh Hour an order for five more episodes and it looks like they may move the show to a different night.

Thanks to DirecTV, Hewlett-Packard and Hyundai, Leverage will premiere this Sunday without commercial interruption.

SCI FI Channel has given Caprica the Battlestar Galactica TV series the green light.

Photo credit:
The Mentalist: Flame Red - Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, left, with Owain Yeoman) goes undercover when he and the team investigate the murders of three National Guard veterans. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS.
House: Let Them Eat Cake - Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein, R) moves into House's (Hugh Laurie, L) office. Credit: Adam Taylor, Fox.
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