“Unforgettable” season-opener, 8 and 9 p.m., A&E.
It's been a bumpy
ride for this solid crime show. CBS ran it for a season ... cancelled
it ... brought it back (after a year off) for two summers ... and
cancelled it again. Now it moves to cable.
In the first hour,
Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) -- the cop who remembers everything – is
suddenly working a case with her ex-husband (Skeet Ulrich). In the
second, Rachel Dratch plays a key witness in a securities-fraud case.
A hitman has killed two of the security guards who were protecting
“Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,” 8-9 p.m., ABC.
We're not even in
December yet and we already have competing Christmas cartoons on two
broadcast networks. This one goes back to 1970, with Fred Astaire
Kris Kringle (Mickey
Rooney) just wants to make toys. Alas, Burgermeister Meister Burger
hates toys and bans them; that propels Kris' conversion to become
ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local
powerful voice is unleashed on great movie songs. Some of these
became wildly popular -- “Moon River,” “Maria,” “Cheek to
Cheek,” the themes from “Love Story” and “Doctor Zhivago”
-- but all seem to soar with Bocelli, singing in five languages.
We'll forgive the
introductions, which range from dull to corny, and savor some
incrtedible duets. That includes Veronica Berti (Bocelli's wife),
Ariana Grande (a virtual duet with her video image) and a truly
awesome rendition of the “Evita” theme, with Nicole Scherzinger.
Movies, 6 p.m. and
beyond, cable. There's sharp, sight-gag comedy in “Home Alone”
(1990) at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on AMC. Mostly, though, tonight offers epic
adventure – James Bond's “Skyfall” (2012), at 7 p.m., Syfy ...
“The Hunger Games” (2012), 7:45 p.m., ABC Family ... “Avatar”
(2009), 8 p.m., FX ... and the Batman tale “The Dark Knight Rises”
(2012), 8 p.m., TNT.
More animation, 8-10
p.m., CW. Here are three newer specials, starting with the 2000
“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” from the goofy song. At 9
p.m. is the 2010 “Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special.” At 9:30, the
characters from the “Madagascar” movies – and its delightful TV
series – offer the 2009 “Merry Madagascar”; Santa loses his
memory after crashing on the island.
Show,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Here's a quick rerun of the Thanksgiving
“A Crown for
Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark. Suddenly jobless, a diligent young
woman becomes a nanny for a lonely girl in a castle. Would it jolt
you to learn that the girl is quite nice and her father is a handsome
and earnest monarch? The rest is pleasant, unassuming and (of course)
9 p.m., CBS. This reruns the episode in which McGarrett, kidnapped by
Wo Fat, drifts into alternate paths people could have taken. William
Sadler returns as his late father.\
Undercover,” 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Beautifully visually and
distressing emotionally, this film – launching “Big Cat Week”
-- follows two mountain lines, each with two cubs. One is an intense
mom, the other is laidback, but neither has much control over a
10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a homeowner shot an intruder ... then
learned it was a hit man. Also, a young lawyer seeks justice for his
mother, whom Erin helped convict 12 years ago.