“Melissa & Joey,” 8 p.m., ABC Family.
A fresh and funny
episode sees Melissa and Joey (Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence)
in their first Christmas as a couple, arguing about whose ornament
should prevail. She concocts a tale about hers.
It's a dilly that we
see acted out. In the post-war South, the plantation owner
(Christopher Rich) is blind and broke. He doesn't know it, but he'll
lose everything unless his daughter (Hart) marries a rich guy instead
of the sturdy stable boy (Lawrence). The result is big, broad and
II: “Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS.
A week from the
finale, two duos remain. Missy Payne and Baylor Wilson are a
bikini-wearing mom and daughter, 42 and 20; Jon Misch and Jaclyn
Schultz (who also look fine in swimwear) are engaged.
They face Keith
Nale, whose dad was ousted last week, and Natalie Anderson, whose
sister was the first person out. Next week, a two-hour edition will
trim to three people, then have the tribal council.
ALTERNATIVE: “Black-ish,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Dre wants to break a
barrier by becoming the first black Santa at the office Christmas
party. Alas, the job goes to a Hispanic woman (Ana Ortiz of “Devious
Maids”) who also happens to be attractive.
There's more holiday
trouble at home, with Jenifer Lewis in her second episode as his mom,
That sets off a battle with his wife, to see who gets to make the
“The Mysteries of
Laura” 8 p.m., NBC. After nine straignt new episodes, this show (a
ratings success) needed to take a break. Now, after being replaced by
two seasonal specials, it's back. A fertility doctor has disappeared;
also, Laura (Debra Messing) hears that her twins are bullies at tae
kwon do class.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Brick tries to compose one of those Christmas letters that
tells people what the familiy has been up to this year. Meanwhile,
his mom vows to have a minimalist holiday.
8:30 p.m., ABC. Adam tries to maneuver a peace between his
grandfather (Paul Sorvino) and father. Meanwhile, Adam's brother is
eyed by a modeling scout.
8:30 p.m., ABC Family. Like “Melissa & Joey,” this show
offers a holiday fantasy. Unlike that one, it takes way too long to
unfold. The early parts – loud and witless – have Ben sagging
from holiday stress and telling a pageant lady (Mo Gaffney) he wishes
Christmas would disappear. The rest is OK and does give Tahj Mowry
(burdened with an awful character) a chance to sing.
9 p.m., ABC. Haley – who was thrown out of college after a drunken
night – finally turns 21. Naturally (?), her family celebrates in a
bar. Meanwhile, the kids are watching little Lily.
p.m., ABC. As her wedding nears, Rayna realizes she's reluctant to go
on tour and leave Luke in charge of her kids. Also, Will invites
Layla on tour, then has his doubts.
10 p.m., NBC. The focus is on Olinksy, played by the terrific Elias
Koteas. After a drug bust, he comes home to find his wife held
captive. Also, Spencer Grammer (Kelsey's daughter) plays a K-9
officer, working with Roman, formerly her boyfriend and police