THIS WEEK IN TV I've switched from IMDB links to amazon.com links. If you watch the show this week, and want to watch it WHENEVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT (and don't record or DVR it), click the link to buy it on amazon. Monday on ABC: Shrek The Halls (2007) (The W at Amazon) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which did a 2.4 among adults 18-49 last year. Monday on FOX: the fall finale of Prison Break. Monday on NBC: "Today" Looks Back 2008: A Holiday Special Tuesday on ABC: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Rediscovered (reality special hosted by Donny and Marie Osmond, in which a casting director tries to find the next child star), and ABC's The List ("A countdown program devoted to various aspects of entertainment and pop culture.") Tuesday on CBS: A Home For the Holidays (10th annual event to raise awareness of adoption). Last year's edition did a 0.8 among adults 18-49. Wednesday on ABC: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (2005). The airing in May did a 2.0 among adults 18-49. Wednesday on The CW: The Flight Before Christmas (2008) and The Story of Santa Claus (1996) (not available on DVD, link goes to a 2001 VHS copy). These may sound familiar as the first aired on CBS earlier in the month, and the second aired on The CW last year and also earlier this month (0.4 rating last year, 0.6 rating earlier this month). Wednesday on NBC: It's A Wonderful Life (1946) (this is the most recent DVD, which is newer than the 60th Anniversary Edition. A reviewer claims that the only difference is that the colorized version is a new recoloring with new technology). This airs twice a year on NBC. The first showing is the week after Thanksgiving (1.5 rating this year), and the second of course airs this week. Thursday on NBC: a special new Deal Or No Deal. Friday on ABC: New 20/20. Friday on NBC: the re-airing of the "12 Days of Christmas" episode of Top Chef, which aired on Bravo on December 17th, along with a new Dateline NBC. Saturday on ABC: Miracle (2004), which last aired February, and did a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. Saturday on CBS: The Longest Yard (2005), along with a new 48 Hours Mystery. Saturday on FOX: a new America's Most Wanted. Saturday on NBC: The Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony: The TV Event of the Year. Hey, remember the Olympics? The fake fireworks and the fake singing girl? Want to watch that again? What airs on TV appears to be a summary of the actual events, as this is only a two hour special (and the actual opening ceremonies were 4 hours). Sunday on ABC: The Sound of Music (1965). That takes up all 4 hours. I did not realize that the theatrical version of the movie is 174 minutes long. Last year's airing did a 2.0 among adults 18-49. Sunday on CBS: New episodes of Million Dollar Password and 60 Minutes. Sunday on NBC: The final regular season episode of Sunday Night Football airs.
I watched Faster last night and I found it surprisingly enjoyable. A throwback to 1970s grindhouse revenge movies and the early 1990s films of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. It's grim, violent pulp but with a conscience.