TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “How the Grinch
Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m., ABC.
This brilliant special bounces around
the cable universe a lot, but here's one of two chances to see it on
ABC. The other will be on Christmas Eve.
Debuting back in 1966, “Grinch” has
the perfect combination – a great story (from Dr. Seuss), a gifted
animation co-director (Chuck Jones) and the right voices. Boris
Karloff narrates, Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of Tony the Tiger)
sings and June Foray (the voice of Rocky Squirrel) is Cindy Lou Who.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Sing-Off”
finale, 8-10 p.m., NBC.
Three groups remain, going for $200,000
and a record deal.
The largest is the Dartmouth Aires –
16 guys in a college group that was started in 1946. The smallest is
Pentatonix – four men and one woman, originally from Arlington,
Texas. In between is Urban Method; it assembled studio singers –
five men, three women – who hadn't previously been a group.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Saved,” 8
p.m., Animal Planet.
Maya Pieters and Jack faced serious
problems. She has a rare neurological disease that makes talking
difficult and causes seizures; he's a Jack Russell terrior, found
(literally) in a dumpster.
During frequent trips to the animal
shelter, Maya had disliked other dogs. Then she met Jack and a warmth
began. He alerted people before a seizure, sometimes breaking her
This story is beautifully told, albeit
with too much repetition, and a second story – about a teen's love
of polo – is OK. Overall, this “Saved,” like the two previous
ones, is superb.
Other choices include:
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. An all-rerun night for CBS starts with last year's
Thanksgiving episode, which has Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) as a
college friend who brings bad luck
-- "Top Gear," 8 and 9 p.m., BBC America. In an eight-week mini-series, this smart show about cars reruns its 40 favorite challenges. That starts with a dandy -- a Volkswagen Beetle against a a streaking sports car; each is going a mile ... but the Volkswagen is doing it by being dropped from a helicopter.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 p.m.,
CBS. Here's the episode that introduced Nick Zano as Johnny, a
sarcastic street artist. Also, Max shows Caroline the art of
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Walden is so nervous about meeting his estranged wife that he
does something few people would try – taking dating advice from
– “The Closer” return, 9 p.m.,
TNT. A crusading principal has been killed and suspects abound. It's
an OK episode, spiced with internal dealings as Captain Raydor (Mary
McDonnells) monitors Brenda.
– “Bored to Death,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Last week, Jonathan fell into love and into bed with a beauty (Isla
Fisher). Then he learned that a sperm bank had only one donor, so
she's his half-sister. In some great moments in this season-finale,
the biological dad might be rescued by Ray's caped fans and Jonathan.
– “Enlightened,” 9:30, HBO. After
a couple poor episodes, this show bounces back with Amy's embarrassed
admission: She really doesn't know what her department does.
– “Rizzoli & Isles” return,
10 p.m., TNT. A community hero has been killed. Now Rizzoli has to
worry about protecting the witness; she also frets about an ambitious
assistant district attorney and about her mom's sudden infatuation
with Bill O'Reilly. He plays himself, in an erratic but interesting
– “Scouted” debut, 10 p.m., E.
This reality show follows scouts as they look for models. Tonight's
hour is highlighted by a 15-year-old natural whose dad is struggling