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Christmas TV continues

With shows going off the air and into reruns, it’s giving me a chance to catch up on ones I usually miss. NCIS, The Mentalist and Law & Order SVU all got benefit of my eyeballs last night. I also watched Blush, though I don’t know why. It’s over next week and that’s a week more than I have the patience for.

Last night also delivered another episode of Leverage. Tell me you’re watching. 5 million people watched the premiere and I’m curious to see how many returned for week two. Stick with it. It’s a wowzer every week.

Tonight you’ll find a few more new episodes and a couple of Christmas specials. And there’s always QVC if you’re still looking for gift ideas. For the TV fans on your list, all the major networks have their own TV shops online where you can buy shirts, mugs, games and more. Who wouldn’t love a Battlestar Galactica Cylon Toaster from the NBC Shop? I know I would.

Tonight On TV — Wednesday, December 10

NBC has a lovely holiday special called Little Spirit: Christmas in New York. That’s followed by death by cult on Life, and an author is murdered on Law & Order.

Spirit is NBC's latest Christmas treat

A lighthouse is the key to ABC’s Pushing Daisies, it’s turf wars on Private Practice, and Partick invites his tranny lover to his inauguration on Dirty Sexy Money.

CBS starts with the sitcoms The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried, then the team tracks a cop killer on Criminal Minds, and a billionaire vanishes on CSI: NY.

The CW has two episodes of Stylista, one rerun, one new.

FOX sends the Secret Millionaire out for another run and then it’s a repeat of Bones.

Emeril goes green

Over on cable

One of the perks of working for Bravo, the Top Chef contestants can arrange your bridal shower. Gail Simmons is the bride but one chef won’t make it to the alter.

For the foodies, Travel Channel presents Bar Food, the tastiest pub grub and Planet Green has a new episode of Emeril Green at 8:00.

Tonight’s holiday fare includes The Road to Christmas on Lifetime, and a trio of holiday specials on ABCFamily, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year and Jack Frost.

News and notable

Brian McKnight is putting together his own syndicated variety show – let’s hope it’s not a repeat of Rosie Live!

VH1 has Confessions of a Teen Idol, an 8 part reality series that has Scott Baio and his team of experts helping 80’s teen stars make a comeback.

TVGuide is reporting that Desperate Housewives will live on for nine seasons instead of the originally planned seven. (Can I hear an announcement like that for Supernatural, please?)

TiVo has found a way to make you watch commercials instead of buzzing past them. They’re testing a program that pops ads when you pause a program. Now I just need someone to design a pop-up blocker for the TV.

Finally, the entertainment world is still a buzz about the unprecedented move to put Leno on every night at 10:00. Some see this as a huge shift in how TV programming is scheduled which is a good thing, considering the schedule was designed long before DVR’s and the Internet made it possible to time shift.

Photo credit:
Little Spirit: Christmas in New York — Pictured: When Leo’s dog, Ramona, goes missing on their first day in New York City, a creature named Little Spirit suddenly appears to help find her. — NBC Photo
Chef, Emeril Lagasse– Planet Green

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