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30 Rock Christmas, Lawrence Fishburne joins CSI

30 Rock celebrates Christmas while CSI exits William Petersen and enters Lawrence Fishburne.

Once again I say, how can murder be so funny? I watched this week’s episode of Life and I was intrigued and amused as always. Big props go out to the production designer who had to create a museum of murder which figured prominently into the storyline. This show seems so normal on the surface, but underneath, they have a wicked sense of humor.

Law & Order is still on the DVR so don’t tell me whodunit it – but I would like to know what happened on SVU the other night. The guy was pleading guilty by porn addiction but I missed the end. So did he go to jail or what?

On the other end of the spectrum is Stylista. Last night the remaining four had to choose a new designer to feature in a fashion show and on the page. Incredibly Ashlie was sent packing. I thought she had the most potential. Insecure Johanna could end up taking this whole thing. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the head? Next week is the finale, so we’ll know soon enough.

Let’s move on to tonight!

Tonight on TV — December 11, 2008

CBS is all new tonight starting with Survivor: Gabon – Earth’s Last Eden. Next, Laurence Fishburne makes his debut on CSI and a flesh-eating disease goes on spring break on Eleventh Hour.

Lawrence Fishburne gets involved

FOX is back with more Secret Millionaire and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

ABC counters with all reruns; Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice.

The CW also has reruns of Smallville and Supernatural.

Jane celebrates Christmas on 30 RockNBC is all new with several holiday-themed episodes. The line-up goes My Name is Earl, Kath & Kim, The Office, 30 Rock, then ER.

Over on cable

Travel Channel takes you on an indulgent Vegas adventure on Vegas Revolution.

E! News looks back at the big stories of 2008.

If you’re looking forward to the new movie, check out AMC tonight for the classic The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Holiday movies include Lifetime’s Christmas Child, Moonlight to Mistletoe on Hallmark and Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys on ABCFamily. Also, PBS has a lovely holiday music special called Renaissance Christmas.

News and notable

Let’s start with the bad news, SAG is officially calling for a strike vote. The ballots will be counted on January 23 and they need 75% of the respondents to vote yes. I’m stunned that they’re even thinking about it in the face of so many layoffs in Hollywood (and every where else) these past two weeks.

First there was Wife Swap, now there’s kid swap, or more accurately, Swap TV a syndicated series that has kids swapping lives in order to see how the other half lives.

The Golden Globe nominations were announced with House, 30 Rock, True Blood and Dexter all picking up nods.

HBO will air a live telecast of Will Ferrell’s Broadway show You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush in the spring.

Scrubs co-star Sarah Chalke has been signed to star in the Lifetime movie Maneater.

Photo credit:
CSI: 19 Down — When a new murder leads to a connection with an infamous serial killer, Grissom (William Petersen, right) brings in well-known criminal pathologist Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne), to gain access to the killer and get a crack in the case. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
30 Rock: Christmas Special — Pictured: Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney — NBC Photo: Kent Eanes

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