GATHER ‘ROUND THE TELEVISION FOR HOLIDAY CHEER THIS DECEMBER ON FOX
November 29, 2010 by J!-ENT
DECK THE HALLS WITH ALL-NEW SEASONAL INSTALLMENTS
OF “GLEE,” “RAISING HOPE,” “HUMAN TARGET,” “COPS,” “THE SIMPSONS,”
“FAMILY GUY,” “THE CLEVELAND SHOW” AND “AMERICAN DAD”
WARM UP THE COLD WINTER NIGHTS WITH HOT NEW GAME SHOW
“MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP” PREMIERING MONDAY, DECEMBER 20
COUNT DOWN TO 2011 ON “NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE”
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31
CATCH THE WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERES
OF “ARE WE DONE YET?” AND “ROCKY BALBOA”
This holiday season, FOX delivers all-new and fan-favorite holiday-themed episodes, family-friendly movies, an exciting new game show and festive specials, including:
Sunday, Dec. 5
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Fight Before Christmas”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Springfield, but while Marge (Julie Kavner) gets in the holiday spirit, it’s bah humbug for the rest of the family. Marge writes a letter to Martha Clause (guest voice Martha Stewart) asking for help. Martha comes to the rescue and transforms the house into the North Pole chalet Marge has always dreamed of, but when Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and the kids are absent from the perfectly trimmed home, she realizes what makes the holidays special. Meanwhile, the Simpsons get ready to sneak away for a Hawaiian holiday, but surprise visitors, including Katy Perry (guest-starring as herself in a special live-action sequence featuring the Simpsons as puppets) delay their getaway.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Murray Christmas”/“Beer Walk!”
When Rallo’s (Mike Henry) teacher forces him to spend time with senior citizens during the holidays, he meets Murray (guest voice Carl Reiner), who teaches him about Hanukkah. In an attempt to rekindle Murray’s holiday spirit, Rallo grants his wish and helps him escape from the retirement home. Later, Donna (Sanaa Lathan), frustrated by her husband’s laziness on the weekends, nags Cleveland (Mike Henry) to do something more with his life. To prove to his worth to Donna, Cleveland recruits his buddies from Stoolbend and Quahog, including Peter (Seth MacFarlane), Joe (Patrick Warburton) and Quagmire (Seth MacFarlane), to participate in the First Annual Charity Beer Walk.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
GLEE (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “A Very Glee Christmas”
Finn (Cory Monteith) tries to bring a little holiday cheer to McKinley High, and Artie (Kevin McHale) discovers that Brittany (Heather Morris) still believes in Santa. Meanwhile, the teachers pick their Secret Santas, and one manipulative coach rigs the gift-giving in her favor.
Tuesday, Dec. 7 (cont’d)
RAISING HOPE (9:01-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Toy Story”
Every year, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) gets the season’s hottest toys and sells them off for money, and Jimmy (Lucas Neff) is always disappointed because his dad never saves him any of the cool gifts. This year, Burt lets Jimmy in on his scheme and agrees to split half the cash with him, but Jimmy makes him promise to save one toy for Hope. Meanwhile, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) signs the family up to participate in their church’s living nativity scene in order to gain respect from the other parishioners. Her plan to have Hope play baby Jesus is destroyed when another family’s baby is selected to play the role, so the family springs into action and organizes a competing nativity scene.
Saturday, Dec. 11
COPS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Ho! Ho! Ho! #8”
When an officer from the Amarillo Police Department in Texas approaches a woman on the street about her suspicious late-night behavior, the interaction turns into a chase on foot. Meanwhile, in Hillsborough County, Florida, officers on the late-night patrol team up to respond to a call regarding a hand-to-hand transaction at a local motel.
Sunday, Dec. 12
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “O Brother, Where Bart Thou?” – Encore Episode
Lisa (Yeardley Smith) informs Bart (Nancy Cartwright) one snowy day in Springfield that she and Maggie share a bond that Bart will never understand because he doesn’t have a brother, so Bart asks Homer for a baby brother. When Homer denies Bart’s request, Bart makes his way to the Springfield Orphanage to find what he thinks he’s missing.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Donnie Fatso”
Homer (Dan Castellaneta) spends New Year’s Eve in the Springfield Penitentiary after getting caught bribing an official. An FBI investigator (guest voice Jon Hamm) offers to reduce his jail time if Homer agrees to go undercover as an informant to investigate Fat Tony (guest voice Joe Mantegna). When Homer develops a special bond with Fat Tony and his family, he becomes conflicted between his obligation to the government and his loyalty to his new family.
FAMILY GUY (8:30-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Road to the North Pole”
Stewie’s (Seth MacFarlane) favorite thing after his teddy bear, Rupert, is Christmas. So when he hears that Santa is making an appearance at the mall, he begs Brian (Seth MacFarlane) to take him so that he can tell Santa in person what he wants for Christmas. Brian begrudgingly takes Stewie to the mall, only to get the brush-off from Santa. As a result, Stewie and Brian travel to the North Pole to find Santa and teach him a lesson in holiday cheer.
AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “For Whom The Sleigh Bells Toll”
Stan (Seth MacFarlane) gives Steve (Scott Grimes) a gun for Christmas even though Francine (Wendy Schaal) warns him against it. As usual, Stan ignores her, setting off a chain of events that sends the North Pole into a tizzy. This special episode features guest voice appearances by David Boreanaz, Drew Barrymore, Carrie Fisher, H. Jon Benjamin and Seth MacFarlane’s dad, Ron MacFarlane.
Monday, Dec. 13
LIE TO ME (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Secret Santa” – Encore Episode
Lightman travels to Afghanistan during the holiday season to assist in a mission to rescue two captured marines, and his only source of intelligence is an American expatriate.
Thursday, Dec. 16
BONES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Goop on the Girl” – Encore Episode
When a man dressed as Santa Claus blows himself up during a botched bank robbery, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) work to identify the bomber and determine his motives. Meanwhile, Brennan makes plans to spend Christmas in El Salvador, but her father (guest star Ryan O’Neal) convinces her to spend the holidays with him and Margaret Whitesell (guest star Zooey Deschanel), a newly discovered distant relative.
Monday, Dec. 20
MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)
If you and a friend were handed a million dollars in cash and only had to answer a few simple questions to keep it, could you do it? MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP, the ultimate high-stakes game show, gives teams $1 million in cold, hard cash and all they have to do to keep it is correctly answer seven multiple-choice questions. Actor and comedian Kevin Pollak will host the suspense-filled game show also airing Tuesday, Dec. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Wednesday, Dec. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Dec. 23 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Tuesday, Dec. 21
GLEE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “A Very Glee Christmas” – Encore Episode
Finn tries to bring a little holiday cheer to McKinley High, and Artie discovers that Brittany still believes in Santa. Meanwhile, the teachers pick their Secret Santas, and one manipulative coach rigs the gift-giving in her favor.
Wednesday, Dec. 22
HUMAN TARGET (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Other Side of the Mall”
When a murder attempt is made on a seemingly innocuous family, Chance (Mark Valley) and the team must travel to their version of hell during the holiday season – suburbia, where Chance and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) go undercover at a boring corporate office, Winston (Chi McBride) joins a neighborhood book club and Ames (Janet Montgomery) chaperones a high-school party as they try to figure out which family member is being targeted and why. John Michael Higgins (“Arrested Development,” “For Your Consideration”) guest-stars in the episode.
Friday, Dec. 24
FOX MOVIE SPECIAL: ARE WE DONE YET? (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – Network Premiere
In the follow-up to the hit comedy “Are We There Yet?,” newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne Persons (Nia Long) purchase a “fixer-upper” and relocate from the city to the suburbs as they hope to make a better life for their new family. Problems ensue as Nick deals with the financial woes of the move and battles with their peculiar house contractor, Chuck (John C. McGinley). The two men go head-to-head when Nick begins to notice that Chuck is growing alarmingly close to his wife and step-children. Will the Persons family be able to mend their issues and survive a life in the suburbs?
Saturday, Dec. 25
FOX SPECIAL: TV’S FUNNIEST HOLIDAY MOMENTS: A PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA SPECIAL – Encore Episode
Emmy Award winner and GLEE scene-stealer Jane Lynch lends her voice as she counts down the small screen’s most memorable seasonal moments from the famous Thanksgiving food fight on “Cheers” to Christmas gone horribly wrong on FAMILY GUY and the hilarious holiday newsletter scene from “Two and a Half Men.” The special will relive the Top 30 holiday moments gathered from some of television’s biggest shows, including “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “I Love Lucy,” “WKRP in Cincinnati” and many more.
Sunday, Dec. 26
AMERICAN DAD (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Rapture’s Delight” – Encore Episode
When the Smith family goes to church on Christmas Day, Stan is furious when he can’t get a good seat. While Francine tries to ease his frustration, a moment of divine intervention occurs. Upset that he has been left on earth with Francine during the ultimate fight between good and evil, Stan ditches his wife to get into the pearly gates of heaven, but when Francine is kidnapped, Stan fights to get her back.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Business Guy” – Encore Episode
When Peter (Seth MacFarlane) gives Lois’ (Alex Borstein) father the bachelor party he never had, Mr. Pewterschmidt slips into a coma and not even Dr. House (guest voice Hugh Laurie) can bring him out of it. With her father incapacitated, Lois is given control of Pewterschmidt Industries. Peter convinces Lois to let him run the operation, but he gets power-hungry and fires the board. Mr. Pewterschmidt soon bounces back and tries to regain control of what he’s built – even though it may be more difficult than Christmas shopping for Peter.
Friday, Dec. 31
FOX MOVIE SPECIAL: ROCKY BALBOA (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – Network Premiere
Sylvester Stallone brings everyone’s favorite “Italian Stallion” back to the boxing ring with the sixth film in the Rocky franchise. Now a widower and restaurant owner, Rocky Balboa (Stallone), is still remembered as the best club fighter in the world. Driven by a strained relationship with his son and a sudden regaining interest in fighting, Rocky decides to enter the ring one more time. Will he be able to handle the current heavyweight champion, or will his personal struggles and age catch up to him?
FOX SPECIAL: NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed)
Emmy Award-winning TV personality Nancy O’Dell will stay up late to host the biggest celebration of the year and ring in 2011 on NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE. O’Dell will help count down to 2011 during the ultimate year-end bash featuring the year’s chart-topping musical guests. As midnight nears, FOX cameras will capture every electrifying moment from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and the heart of New York City as the world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball makes its descent into Times Square. Musical guests and additional participants scheduled to appear will be announced.
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