TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Survivor”
finale, 8 p.m., CBS; reunion at 10.
This Nicaragua edition started as a
tribal battle between young and old.
That part basically broke even;
Wednesday's semi-final had three from each tribe, before Jane Bright,
56, was ousted. She took the ultimate exit strategy – dousing the
campfire she had started.
Now five have a shot at tonight's
million-dollar prize. Jud “Fabio” Birza, 21, is a student and
surfer from Venice, Cal.; Chase Rice, 24, is a race-car driver from
Fairview, N.C.; Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, 30, is a real-estate
broker from New York; Holly Hoffman, 44, is a swim coach from Eureka,
S.D.; Dan Lembo, 63, is a real-estate executive and teacher from
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Leverage”
season-finale, 9 and 10 p.m., TNT.
This smart series has scam artists
trying to out-scheme the bad guys. Tonight, they confront the
dangerous Damien Moreau (Goran Visnjic of “ER) and the mystery
woman (Elisabetta Canalis).
First, they must stop Moreau from
killing an engineer and selling her secrets to terrorists. Then they
tail him to his home turf, where he has the government on his side.
Other choices include:
– “Gold Rush: Alaska,” 2-5 p.m.,
Discovery; 10 p.m. and midnight, TLC. Viewers quickly root for these
Oregon guys, battered by the recession, who risk everything. The
first three episodes (which aired on Fridays) rerun today on
Discovery; then the first is on TLC, alongside “Sarah Palin's
– Animation, 4 p.m. to midnight, ABC
Family. First are some OK cartoons – “The Year Without Santa
Claus” at 4 p.m. and “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town” at 5. Then
are two superb movies – “Toy Story” (1995) at 6 p.m., “Toy
Story 2” (1999) at 8 and 10 p.m.
– “The Santa Clause 2” (2002) and
“The Santa Clause 3” (2006), 7 and 9 p.m., ABC. The first
“Clause” was terrific; these sequels provide a sorta-fun
double-feature. In “2,” Santa (Tim Allen) needs a wife; in “3,”
he faces a conniving Jack Frost (Martin Short).
– “The Simpsons,” 7-8:30 p.m.
(barring a football overrun). In a change, Fox puts three reruns
back-to-back. The first and third involve Lisa's college plans; she
learns about her mom's academic downfall and tries to beef up her
resume by coaching little league. The second is the recent “Treehouse
of Horror”; two of the tales – deadly board games and a
“Twilight” take-off – are terrific.
– “Marry Me,” 7-11 p.m.,
Lifetime. Here's one more chance to see this romantic-comedy
mini-series, wittily written by Barbara Hall, the “Joan of Arcadia”
creator. Lucy Liu stars.
– “Battle of the Bulbs,” 8 p.m.,
Hallmark. The opening is jaunty, complete with narration (in verse)
and quick-cut editing. Then “Bulbs” stretches, as former friends
battle over Christmas decorations.
– “Masterpiece Contemporary,” 9
p.m., PBS. Here's a rerun of the the beautifully crafted,
Emmy-nominated “Endgame” (2009), depicting the secret
negotiations to end apartheid in South Africa. Jonny Lee Miller,
Chiwetel Ejiofor and William Hurt are subtly perfect.
– “Sarah Palin's Alaska, 9 p.m.,
TLC; repeats at 11. Transportation takes all forms – an RV,
white-water rafting, ATV's and dog-sledding on a glacier. That's
preceded by reruns at 7 p.m. (caribou-hunting with Palin's dad above
the Arctic circle) and 8 (camping with a grumpy Kate Gosselin and her