Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, Dec. 13. All times are Eastern.
Raising Hope (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): Uhhhhhh… hmmmmm… It feels like we’ve chosen this one for the top pick 500 times already, but it’s a fun episode tonight—It’s A Wonderful Life parodies are always fun—and we’re in a holiday spirit, and, seriously, there’s nothing else on, unless you think Glee is going to nail a holiday episode. Remember last year? They just gave Artie robot legs that never came up again. Anyway, Phil Nugent recommends this Raising Hope, so you should watch.
Glee (Fox, 8 p.m.): And Sue Sylvester dressed up as the Grinch and stole the tree out of the choir room? Man, a lot of stuff happens on this show for no particular reason. That Todd VanDerWerff is just realizing this should tell you something.
New Girl (Fox, 9 p.m.): Zooey and the gang celebrate her first Christmas together. We assume that this will involve lots of plugs for the She & Him Christmas album, accompanied by winks. Erik Adams already owns it, Zooey. Your wiles are useless!
TV CLUB CLASSIC
The Muppet Show (1 p.m.): We were just saying to ourselves, “Selves, it’s been a long time since we had a good comments thread filled with Peter Ustinov jokes.” And here’s Erik Adams covering a Ustinov episode like it’s already Christmas!
The Larry Sanders Show (3 p.m.): Kyle Ryan checks out “Artie’s Gone.” Where did he go? We hope he didn’t go far. There’s no show without Artie. That’s what we always say. (You try writing a bunch of these things for genuinely good shows!)
TV CLUB ADVENT CALENDAR
Gilmore Girls, “Forgiveness And Stuff” (Monday): The ladies Gilmore spend the holiday season in a hospital after Grandpa Gilmore has a health scare. Meanwhile, David Sims reflects on growing up British. Horrifying stuff, that.
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Last Man Standing/Inside Story: Santa Clause (ABC/Biography, 8 p.m.): Tim Allen fans, take note! Tonight, you not only get another episode of Last Man Standing, but also all the scoop on a movie from 1994 that you can handle!
William & Kate: Inside The Royal Marriage (NBC, 8 p.m.): When we got married, we always felt a little weird at the way the tabloid press speculated about when we’d have a baby already, but William and Kate seem to be taking it in stride.
Good Morning, Killer (TNT, 9 p.m.): That’s not a very nice way to talk to someone! Unless you’re Mary Jane Watson or something, and all you do is give people cute little nicknames. We hope this movie’s about a guy who kills with Egg McMuffins.
Proving God (History, 10 p.m.): We’re almost certain that a documentary on the History Channel will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt whether God exists or not. That’s why we’re recommending you watch this. You’ll want to tell your grandkids.
The Lemon Drop Kid (TCM, 8 p.m.): We’ve never actually seen this Bob Hope vehicle, but it does have a great name. We imagine it’s just people standing around, saying, “Say, you ain’t the Lemon Drop Kid, is ya’s?” then shooting each other.
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (Sundance, 9 p.m.): Here’s a movie from the great Sidney Lumet, who died a couple years back. Not his finest work, but not bad, and it reminds us of the closing sequence from the Friday Night Lights finale.
NHL Hockey: Sharks at Avalanche (Versus, 9 p.m.): We tried to get interested in hockey, but we have to admit at this point that we just don’t know a damn thing about why this game could be a good match-up. But it’s sports, and it’s on!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Fear Factor (Monday): NBC, continuing its attempts to make it 1997 through magic or science, resurrected one of the big hits of its early ‘00s run, bringing back Joe Rogan and a whole buncha bugs. Phil Nugent was there with fumigation spray.