Great Performances: Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby -- PBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m.
- This program is probably the first time in 20 years that the phrase "Great Performance" is in the same sentence as the name "Rod Stewart." Stewart will run through a bevy of holiday classics, such as "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" He'll be joined by a ton of guests, including Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble, a virtual Ella Fitzgerald, and the most annoying live singer on Earth, Cee-Lo Green. Has anyone actually seen this guy sing? Cee-Lo: You have to enunciate your words, not just hum the melody with vague consonant sounds.
Liz & Dick -- Lifetime, Monday, 8 p.m.
- If you missed your chance to watch the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Lifetime movie last night, don't fret: Lifetime is showing it again tonight, so you don't have to wait to see what are, by all accounts, hilarious impersonations of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Unfortunately for "star" Lindsay Lohan, these impressions aren't supposed to be funny.Called a "dinky, tin-canned production" by Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly, the movie, which chronicles Taylor and Burton's on-again, off-again romance, still probably brought in good ratings because people love to watch a train wreck or, in this case, a career wreck. If you want to see a funny-because-it's-good Lohan performance, watch The Parent Trap. But for one that's funny because it's bad? Watch this.Advertisement
SNL Christmas -- NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m.
- Saturday Night Live clip shows are always entertaining, and the Christmas one should have some classics. There's Eddie Murphy as a foul-mouthed Gumby hosting a Christmas special, Horatio Sanz presiding over a hysterically dorky Christmas song and Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy. They'll also probably show "The Chanukah Song," which is the only Sandler clip that's ever on any of these compilations because it was one of the few he did that was actually funny.
Last Resort -- ABC, Thursday, 8 p.m. and 666 Park Avenue -- ABC, Sunday, 10 p.m.
- R.I.P. to ABC's newly-canceled shows Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue, both of which were not picked up for a full season. Watching a show that you know isn't making it past a few more episodes does feel like watching a zombiefied lame duck, but both shows are reworking their respective final episodes so that each functions as a series finale. This decision will at least give a sense of closure to the fans, even though each show only has a precious few of them. Let's just hope ABC's other new show, Nashville, can survive past its first season; otherwise, it would be a tough season for everyone's favorite corporation, Disney.
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