TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “1600 Penn”
debut, 9:31 p.m., NBC.
During Bill Pullman's previous
presidency (in “Independence Day”), he only had to worry about
saving the planet from aliens. Now he has bigger woes, in this
advance peak at a show that arrives Jan. 10.
His son (Josh Gad) has the good
intentions of a golden retriever, but not the good sense. His spouse
(Jenna Elfman) must explain to school kids what “trophy wife”
means. Also, his daughter's pregnant.
There's more, including an
international conference at the White House. The result is ragged,
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Gossip Girl”
finale, 8-10 p.m., CW.
For five-and-a-half seasons, “Girl”
has drawn a tiny audience – it recently finished dead-last among
118 shows in the weekly Nielsen ratings – yet has created stars,
fashion trends and conversations.
Now it concludes its 10-episode
mini-season. At a party, characters learn who has been writing those
texts under the name “gossip girl.” Clips and interviews round
out the night.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
Here's the episode that ABC scheduled
for last Monday, then – quite late – pushed back a week.
At the core is a North Carolina family
that had been taking care of one or two foster kids at a time. Then
it learned that the latest one, a teen boy, has four siblings. Soon,
it adopted all five.
Now the team creates a new house. There
are splendid little touches (including a cozy study nook) inside and
big ones outside – including a drive-in movie theater, complete
with screen and pseudo-cars.
Other choices include:
– “The Voice,”8-9:31 p.m., NBC.
Three people get one more chance to impress viewers, before a
champion is announced Tuesday. Two – Cassadee Pope, 22, and Terry
McDermott, 35 – are from Blake Shelton's team; Nicholas David,
31,is from Cee Lo Green's.
– “How I Met Your Mother,”8-9
p.m., CBS. In an expanded, holiday episode, Barney is ready to
propose to Patrice. Ted isn't sure he should tell Robin.
– “Dreamworks Dragons,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. The “How to Train Your Dragon” characters star in a new
cartoon. The dragons have vanished for the holiday, leaving the
humans lonely and curious.
– “Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas,”
8:30 p.m., Fox. This drolly clever cartoon rerun finds Sid the Sloth
on a mission to the North Pole, to get off the naughty list.
Reluctantly, Manny follows him.
– “Happiness Is a Warm Blanket,
Charlie Brown,” 9-10 p.m., Fox. This quietly entertaining film, a
direct-to-video release last year, finds forces threatening Linus'
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m., CBS.
They've barely opened their cupcake shop, but Max and Caroline
already have to scramble to pay the rent. That leaves them dealing
with some shady characters.
– “Picture Paris,” 9 p.m., HBO. A
former “Saturday Night Live” star and TV writer, Brad Hall seemed
to disappear after producing “Watching Ellie” – starring his
wife, Julia Louis-Dreyfus – in 2002-3. Now he's back, writing and
directing this half-hour gem. Louis-Dreufus plays an American who
obsesses on her trip to Paris. She gets there, amid sudden (and quite
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Carjackers should really make better choices; tonight, one tries to
take McGarrett's car. Also, McGarrett and Katherine (Michelle Borth)
search for a missing dad.