Slim pickings on TV tonight as most shows are on hiatus until sometime in January if you're lucky. I suppose this is because people going home for the holidays aren't going to be watching much television because of all that wonderful family time they'll be spending together, but have you met the average American family? Sitting down and watching TV together is probably the closest to "quality time" most families get these days. But I suppose that's what TiVo is for. Here's your Thursday night TV:
8:00pm: "Big Bang Theory" on CBS
"Brew Masters" on Discovery. First season finale.
"Gift of the Magi" on Hallmark. Original telefilm. In case you want to watch one of the most depressing Christmas stories ever to really get you in the mood for the last weekend you can spend combing the Target sales racks before the big day.
"The This Old House Hour" on PBS
8:30pm: "Bleep My Dad Says" on CBS
9:00pm: "Ancient Aliens" on History
"Burn Notice" on USA
"Police Women of Dallas" on TLC
10:00pm: "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" on History
"Burn Notice" on USA. Fourth season finale.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" on FX. One hour Christmas special.
"The Peacemaker: LA Gang Wars" on A&E. Series premiere. Yet another installment in the "shows on A&E that make you feel horrible about your relatively comfortable life" series, this one deals with a guy who goes around LA trying to solve the gang problem.
"Pranked" on MTV
"Funniest Commercials of the Year 2010" on TBS. In case you're not familiar with this thing called "YouTube".
10:30pm: "Bully Beatdown" on MTV
"Oddities" on Discovery
"The Peacemaker" on A&E
Late Night Listings
"The Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS featuring Matt Damon and Florence and the Machine
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on NBC featuring Jason Segel, Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood, and Katherine McPhee
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC featuring Jeff Bridges and Diddy
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS featuring Seth Green, Lena Dunham, and Ruth Gerson
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC featuring Paul Rudd, Jon Lovitz, and Aloe Blacc
"Last Call with Carson Daly" on NBC featuring Adam Corolla, Casey Pieretti, and School of Seven Bells
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Comedy Central featuring Mike Huckabee
"The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central featuring Amy Sedaris and Paul Simon
"Chelsea Lately" on E featuring Amy Adams, Heather McDonald, Matt Braunger, and Jeff Wild
"Conan" on TBS featuring Mark Wahlberg, Charles Phoenix, and Jenny & Johnny
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