TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Community,” 8
Here is one of the freshest things to
hit TV in a while. It's not always funny, but it's unique, smart and
Abed feels that everyone is in
stop-motion animation. We see it from his perspective and agree, but
the others don't; Professor Duncan (John Oliver) sees this as a
chance to write for psych journals.
Soon, they're visiting Christmas –
and singing. Danny Pudi (Abed) is a pretty good singer, Alison Brie
and Yvette Brown (Annie and Shirley) are great ones and this is a
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Bones” and
“Fringe,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
First is an excellent “Bones,”
digging deeply into the psyche of the oft-stoic Brennan. Convinced
that the victim mirrors her own life, she even imagines conversations
with her. Nudged by an all-knowing security guard (Enrico Colantoni),
Brennan questions everything.
Then “Fringe” follows up on last
week's superb episode, in which Olivia finally escaped from the other
world; the alternate-world Olivia barely got back to her own side.
Tonight, amid a new case, Peter faces the fact that his warm affair
was with the wrong Olivia.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Barbara Walters
specials, 9 and 10:01 p.m., ABC.
First is “Oprah, the Next Chapter.”
Oprah Winfrey talks about the 25-year run of her talk show (which
ends this season) and next month's start of her cable Oprah Winfrey
Network. She also talks about her longtime relationship with Stedman
Graham and friendship with Gayle King.
Then the annual “10 Most Fascinating
People” ranges from Justin Bieber, 18, to Betty White, who turns 89
next month. It includes Kate Middleton, Sarah Palin, LeBron James,
Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and, of course, the cast of “Jersey
Other choices include:
– Animation, 7-11 p.m., ABC Family.
“The Gruffalo” debuts at 7 p.m., sandwiched by reruns, At 6 p.m.
is “Rudolph's Shiny New Year”; from 8-11 p.m. are three tales
with Mickey Rooney voicing Santa – “Santa Claus Is Comin' to
Town,” “The Year Without Santa Claus” and “Miser Brothers'
– “Shrek the Halls” and “Disney
Prep & Landing,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. Here are two recent
cartoons. “Shrek” is so-so, propelled by the popularity of its
characters; “Prep” is a fast-paced and fairly entertaining look
at the elves people who prepare for each Santa arrival.
– “The Santa Incident,” 8 and 10
p.m., Hallmark. Fresh from playing a scheming priest in “Sons of
Anarchy,” James Cosmo plays a kindly Claus. This is the second
recent Hallmark film in which Santa crashes and is cared for by a
family. This time, bumbling Homeland Security agents are at fault.
– “The Office,” 9-10 p.m., NBC.
Amy Ryan is having a great season on “In Treatment.” Now she
returns to her “Office” role of Holly; when she fills in for
Toby, a second Christmas party is mandated.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
9 p.m., CBS. A pedophile is the prime suspect in the killing of an
FBI agent's wife and kidnapping of their children.
– “Lions on the Edge,” 9 p.m.,
Nat Geo Wild. As a drought grips Tanzania, animals converge on the
few water holes; in one somber sequence, lionesses must gather
strength to chase the others away. It's a fairly good film; so is
“Lion Warriors,” re-running at 8 and 11 p.m.
– “The Apprentice,” 10 p.m., NBC.
The charity events involving Kathy Griffin and Liza Minnelli
conclude. Then Donal Trump chooses this edition's champion.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
When a Santa is killed, members of a Santa Society are probed.