Where to be and what to watch...
By Mark Lasswell -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/12/2004 7:00:00 PM
Monday, Dec. 13
Why not catch the Las Vegas double-header tonight on NBC (9-11 p.m. ET) and do a little shopping? As the network announced last week, viewers of some NBC shows can go online and purchase furnishings and fashions as seen on TV. Then again, you'd better be taking notes and put them somewhere you won't forget, because the most recent Vegas episode we could find with gear for sale aired on Nov. 1. And to tell the truth, that black silk V-neck dress with mauve/nude piping by Catherine Malandrino—the one worn by Nikki Cox as casino crumpet Mary Connell—just wasn't us.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
With National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Robert Sachs stepping down, how's his yet-to-be-named replacement going to fare with a bulked-up GOP calling the shots in Washington? That's what many of the munching lunchers of the Washington Metropolitan Cable Club will be wondering today as Sachs addresses the group at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Tonight: Since all Christmas TV specials are exercises in forced cheeriness, simulating the forced cheeriness of Christmas TV specials past, Bravo is wittily cutting out the middleman and bringing us The Christmas Special Christmas Special (8 p.m. ET). It's not all bad sweaters and worse hair; the show also references South Park's “A Very Crappy Christmas.” TiVo-worthy moment: Bing Crosby's 1977 special featuring der Bingle dueting with David Bowie on “Little Drummer Boy.” Tony Bennett and Snoop Dogg doing “Silent Night,” anyone?
Wednesday, Dec. 15
At the FCC's monthly morning meeting at the 12th Street HQ in Washington, the commission will try to sort out a spat between cable programmers and developers of ultrawideband (UWB) wireless technology over possible interference with satellite frequencies. Since UWB holds the promise of freeing home-entertainment centers and workstations of nasty electrical-cord tangles, we hope these kids can work out their differences. Tonight: Referee Tyra Banks helps untangle those grappling gals on the finale of America's Next Top Model (UPN, 8 p.m. ET) as the trio of finalists learns who, at last, can lay claim to the beloved distinction as America's NTM.
Thursday, Dec. 16
That chipper beam of sunshine Sandra Bernhardt emcees the 2004 Muse Awards for Outstanding Vision and Achievement at the New York Hilton (tix start at $125). Among the honorees at the gala luncheon hosted by New York Women in Film & Television: All My Children star Susan Lucci. Is it too soon to complain that the former lovable loser Lucci now wins too damned many awards? Tonight: The three-hour finale of The Apprentice (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), featuring the O'Jays performing “For the Love of Money” (as opposed to performing for the love of money), the return of first-season “fan favorite” contestants and a charity b-ball game involving a dozen NBA players. Let's hope, for everyone's safety, those guys are fan favorites, too.
Friday, Dec. 17
A year ago on a Sunday night face-off against a Survivor finale, the TV movie Secret Santa (NBC, 9 p.m. ET) crawled away with a ratings lump of coal. Maybe Friday will be friendlier to this story, starring Jennie Garth, about a jaded newspaper reporter who discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Yeah, yeah, tell it to the Pulitzer committee.
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