Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
December 14, 2012
Best bet on broadcast: ABC, “Malibu Country,” 8:30 p.m. In the fall finale Reba finds out she wasn’t selected to sing the solo at her church’s Christmas service.
Best bet on cable: IFC, “Portlandia,” 10:30 p.m. Season premiere. The weather begins to get colder as winter arrives in Portland.
Top sporting event: ESPNU, “College Football,” 7 p.m. Mount Union plays in its eighth straight national championship game, this time against St. Thomas.
Best bet on broadcast: Fox, “Cops,”8 p.m. Season premiere. The long-running reality show returns for its 25th season.
Best bet on cable: E!, “Live From the Rolling Stones,” 8 p.m. A preview of the Stones’ 50th anniversary concert.
Top sporting event: ESPN, “College Basketball,” 10 p.m. No. 8 Arizona hosts No. 5 Florida in an interesting nonconference matchup.
Best bet on broadcast: CBS, “Survivor,” 8:30 p.m. Season finale. Two-hour episode to end the show’s 25th season, followed by the usual reunion episode.
Best bet on cable: Showtime, “Dexter,” 9 p.m. Season finale. Dexter attempts to keep his cover as LaGuerta tries to expose him.
Top sporting event: NBC, “Sunday Night Football,” 8:20 p.m. Great matchup between the 49ers and Patriots.
A look at this week’s top TV draws
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
|8 p.m.||ABC||“Last Man Standing” (C)||Mike attempts to get rid of the kids for Christmas so Vanessa can relax.|
|8 p.m.||Disney Channel||“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” (K)||The 2009 movie starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge.|
|9 p.m.||Fox||“Fringe” (D)||Walter tries LSD in an attempt jolt his memory.|
|9 p.m.||FX||“UFC Fight Night” (S)||A number of fights, with the main event a lightweight bout between George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson.|
|10 p.m.||Bravo||“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (R)||Latest episode incorporates various social media elements.|
|10 p.m.||Science||“Unearthing Ancient Secrets” (N)||Asking and answering questions about Christopher Columbus|
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
|2 p.m.||CBS||“College Basketball” (S)||Good nonconference matchup between Butler and Indiana.|
|4 p.m.||NBC||“Golf” (S)||Eighteen father-son teams compete in a challenge in Orlando.|
|4:30 p.m.||CBS||“Boxing” (S)||What is this, the 1970s? A championship bout on network TV on a Saturday afternoon, this between bantamweights Leo Santa Cruz and Alberto Guevara.|
|8 p.m.||Fox||“Cops” (R)||Season premiere. Cops in Toledo respond to a domestic disturbance call.|
|9 p.m.||FX||“The Ultimate Fighter” (R)||Season finale. The two finalists fight for the UFC contract, live from Las Vegas.|
|11:30 p.m.||NBC||“Saturday Night Live” (C)||Martin Short hosts, with musical guest Paul McCartney.|
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
|8 p.m.||Fox||“The Simpsons” (C)||Homer loses Santa’s Little Helper, which causes Grandpa to recall the story of Homer’s childhood dog.|
|8:20 p.m.||NBC||“Sunday Night Football” (S)||Super Bowl preview? The 49ers take on the Patriots.|
|8:30 p.m.||CBS||“Survivor” (R)||Season finale. The jury questions the finalists before they select this season’s winner.|
|9 p.m.||ABC||“The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding” (R)||Chris Harrison hosts the wedding between Ashley and J.P. from the 2011 “Bachelorette” season.|
|9 p.m.||Fox||“Family Guy” (C)||Peter tells his own version of the story of Christmas.|
|10 p.m.||Showtime||“Homeland” (D)||Season finale. Carrie has to make a big decision, while Saul starts a secret mission.|
|A = awards show or special, C = comedy, D = drama, DD = daytime drama, G = game show, K = kids, M = movie, N = news/documentary, R = reality, S = sports, T = talk/variety show.|
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Tell us, what’s your forecast for the upfront?
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- Anand Kini rises to EVP of strategy at NBCUniversal
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- Steve McEvoy becomes VP of advertising sales at PageScience
- Howard Schneider becomes Federal Reserve reporter at Reuters
- Former 'The View' co-hosts returning to honor Barbara Walters
- Brad Paisley guesting on CBS's 'Two and a Half Men'
- MSNBC personality Lawrence O'Donnell injured in car accident
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