Who’s up for some Whos?
Seuss characters, Dr. Who among this week’s TV highlights.
dearth of new, postChristmas programming is giving me summer doldrums flashbacks. You’ve had flashbacks, right? They’re kind of like reruns. Speaking of reruns, here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:
Monday: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m., NBC: Because this is network TV, they’ll probably cut the scene where George Bailey gives Mary the moon.
“Home Alone” 8 p.m., ABC Family: If I remember correctly, this is a live-action adaptation of painter Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”
Tuesday: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 7 p.m., ABC: It’s Christmas, and the Whos are on first.
“Horton Hears a Who,” 7 p.m., NBC: I guess they’re on second, too. Your kids should be too tuckered out to stay up much later, but if they do, this gentle, animated Seuss adaptation featuring Jim Carrey as the titular elephant is delightful.
“Doctor Who: The Snowmen,” 8 p.m., BBC America: Woo-hoo! It’s an allWho Christmas! A Who trifecta! The good Doctor and his new companion try to stop the war on Christmas.
Wednesday: “The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” 8 p.m., CBS: David Letterman, Led Zeppelin and others receive plaudits from the likes of Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman.
“Ghost Hunters,” 8 p.m., Syfy: Expect a lot of bad, ethereal plaid sport coats and ghostly wails of “take my wife” jokes as the team pokes around New York’s Friars Club.
Thursday: “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” 7 p.m., ABC: The Peanuts gang celebrates the inaccuracy of the Mayan calendar.
“Interview With the Vampire,” 8 p.m., Logo: This Anne Rice adaptation is much more interesting than the sequel, “The Vampire Gets Hired and Fills Out Paperwork Down in Human Resources.”
Friday: “HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2012,” 7 p.m., HGTV: John Gidding reveals the
winner of a Miami condominium. “C’mon, shake your body baby, do the condo ...”
Saturday: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” 7 p.m., ABC: This might be the best film in the series. It’s based on the book that was originally titled, in England, “Harry Potter and the Sizzlepot of Whipplybang.”
Sunday: “United States of Bacon,” 9 p.m., Desti- nation America: I’ll bet the citizenship test for this country is delicious! Also, you’ve gotta love a show that has the initials “U.S.o.B.” Enjoy tonight’s series premiere (in moderation).
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is on Tuesday.
Thomas Mitchell and Jimmy Stewart in the holiday feelgood movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”