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Friday's TV Highlights

December 17, 2009 |  8:43 pm

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This week's TV Movies


Elena (Nina Dobrev) tries to keep the peace in this repeat episode of the 'The Vampire Diaries,' at 8 p.m. on KTLA.


Dog Whisperer: Pit bull owners bring home a second pit bull, and the dogs are at each other's throats until Cesar arrives (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic).

Explorer: The new episode "Science of Dogs" examines man's evolutionary manipulation of dogs' appearance, talents and temperament, which has resulted in the creation of breeds to suit his needs (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic).

Supernanny: Jo tries to help two parents who work full time and have four children under the age of 5 (8 p.m. ABC).

Bill Moyers Journal: Author Robert Kuttner ("The Squandering of America") and author Matt Taibbi ("The Great Derangement") sit down with Moyers to discuss Wall Street's power over the federal government (9 p.m. KCET).

Ghost Adventures: This new episode visits Long Island Sound's Execution Rocks Lighthouse, whose history encompasses shipwrecks, torture, ghosts and a serial killer (9 p.m. Travel).

24 Hour Restaurant Battle: Two teams square off to prove they have what it takes to open their own restaurant in this new, unscripted series (10 p.m. Food).

Now on PBS: This new episode looks at door-to-door medicine practiced in Rwanda and discusses international aid with Rwandan President Paul Kagame (10:30 p.m. KCET).


Frosty the Snowman: Narrator Jimmy Durante, deadpan comedian Jackie Vernon as Frosty and musical-comedy veteran Billy De Wolfe as bad guy Professor Hinkle elevate this animated holiday special (8 p.m. CBS). The 1992 sequel, "Frosty Returns," follows at 8:20 with the voices of John Goodman and Jonathan Winters.


George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey: Filmmaker George Stevens Jr. created this 1984 documentary as a tribute to his father, whose filmography includes "Gunga Din," "I Remember Mama," "A Place in the Sun," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Giant" and "Shane" (3 p.m. TCM).

Enchanted April: Four women (Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson, Polly Walker, Joan Plowright) leave their various troubles behind when they rent an Italian villa in San Salvatore in director Mike Newell's leisurely paced, endearing 1991 adaptation of a novel by Elizabeth von Amim (5 p.m. TCM).

Love the Beast: Eric Bana shares his lifelong obsession with cars and the destruction of his first vehicle in this 2009 TV documentary (7 p.m. Speed).

The Nativity Story: Director Catherine Hardwicke tells the story of Mary and Joseph (Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac), who head for Bethlehem as they await the arrival of a child who is destined to change the history of religion in this 2006 drama (8 p.m. TNT).


High school football: CIF Small School Championships: Francis Parker vs. Modesto Christian (4 p.m. FS Prime). CIF Division I Championships: Bellarmine Prep vs. Oceanside (8 p.m. FS Prime).

Pro basketball: The Clippers visit the New York Knicks (5 p.m. FSN).