Hanukkah is coming to an end and Christmas is a week away, and TV is settling into its winter nap. I, for one, welcome the break, because 2010 brings Idol and a whole lot more.
- The third week in December included a Playboy appearance by an Amazing Race cast member, more gay porn from a future reality star, and the death of a porn star that was filmed by a reality camera crew. We learned that a loser got out of jail, even bigger people will try to lose weight, watched a loser of a reunion, and learned some losers may be returning to New Orleans. Also this week, an injured dancer was healed after he was named favorite dancer and everyone’s favorite beard won the fan favorite money on Top Chef.
- Sunday, Dec. 20
Survivor Samoa takes three hours to conclude [CBS, 8 p.m.], an episode that includes a live reunion following Jeff Probst’s live vote reading. Although it was cheesy, I miss the days when they attempted a seamless transition from Tribal Council to the studio set. Also tonight: Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew concludes [VH1, 10 p.m.], and the first footage of Kendra Wilkinson’s baby Hank Baskett IV will be part of the special Kendra: Here Comes the Baby [E!, 9 p.m.]. What must one’s life be like to have a camera crew standing by as you give birth?
- Monday, Dec. 21
The Nick Lachey-hosted a capella singing competition The Sing Off concludes just a week after it began [NBC, 8 p.m.].
- Wednesday, Dec. 23
Mega-Tsunami: Five Years Later, a documentary about the 2004 tsunami that uses only amateur video footage, debuts tonight [TLC, 8 p.m.]. Also, Dog the Bounty Hunter airs a special one-hour episode [A&E, 9 p.m.] called “The Hunt for Santa” that A&E says is “a very special holiday hunt full of surprises” that he sets out on because his son doesn’t believe in Santa. Please don’t let him tackle and tase Santa Clause.
- Thursday, Dec. 24
On Christmas Eve, there’s a Deadliest Catch marathon all day [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.], and if the kids are going crazy, make them watch a marathon of Supernanny [Style, 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.] to see what’ll happen if they’re bad: a British woman and a camera crew will invade the house to punish them. The fat white man with coal was so last century. At the end of the day, the marathon of the best Christmas movie ever, A Christmas Story, starts its 24-hour run [TNT, 8 p.m.].
- Friday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day brings the rest of TNT’s 12 airings of A Christmas Story, and another present in the form of a Mythbusters marathon [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.]. Also, there’s a Clean House marathon [Style, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.].
- Saturday, Dec. 26
Instead of returning the crap people bought you that you don’t want, stay home and watch Dirty Jobs all day [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.]