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Tuesday's TV Highlights: The Peanuts gang searches for the true meaning of Christmas

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This week's TV Movies

CLASSIC: Linus instructs the "Peanuts" gang as to the true meaning of the holiday in the beloved animated special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 8 p.m. on ABC.


Britain's Missing Top Model: This new unscripted series revolves around eight women, all aspiring models, each with a disability. In the premiere the contestants model lingerie in the main street window of a popular clothing retailer, proving how comfortable they are (or aren't) with their bodies and their disabilities (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America).

The Biggest Loser: The winning weight loser is revealed in the two-hour season finale (8 p.m. NBC).

NCIS: Los Angeles: Callen and Hanna (Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J) and the rest of the team search for a former Marine who was hired by a private security firm to protect an Iraqi businessman -- who has just been murdered. Linda Hunt, Peter Cambor, Daniela Ruah and Rocky Carroll also star (9 p.m. CBS).

Melrose Place: Jonah and Riley's (Michael Rady, Jessica Lucas) attempt to elope to Las Vegas doesn't go off as planned in this new episode (9 p.m. KTLA).

Better Off Ted: Ted (Jay Harrington) and his colleagues at Veridian return for a second season (9:30 p.m. ABC).

Outer Space Astronauts: This new science fiction/comedy series combines live action with computer animation to tell the story of the crew of the starship "Oklahoma" (9:30 p.m. SyFy).

Ghost Lab: The team travels to Alcatraz, reputedly America's most haunted prison (10 p.m. Discovery).

Teen Mom: Farrah starts dating against her family's wishes and Catelynn moves back home with her parents in the premiere of this new series (10 p.m. MTV).


Disney Prep & Landing: In this new animated special, "NewsRadio's" Dave Foley gives voice to Wayne, a member of the elite elf team that prepares for and oversees Santa's arrival at children's houses (8:30 p.m. ABC).


Radio Days: Woody Allen narrates this 1987 comedy-drama focusing on radio's golden age and its effect on his family and community. Seth Green, Dianne Wiest, Julie Kavner, Michael Tucker, Danny Aiello and Mia Farrow star (5 p.m. TCM).

A Face in the Crowd: Don't tell Aunt Bee! Andy Griffith made his big-screen debut in this 1957 drama as Arkansan Lonesome Rhodes, a homeless drifter with a quick, folksy wit who becomes a star when a radio host (Patricia Neal) puts him on her show. Already possessed of a mean streak, he's rendered nastier by the power that comes with his newfound fame and fortune -- with terrifying results (6:45 p.m. TCM).

12 Men of Christmas: Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins star in this 2009 holiday-themed TV romance (9 p.m. Lifetime).


UEFA soccer: Olympique de Marseille vs. Real Madrid (11:30 a.m. FSN).

College basketball: Jimmy V Classic: Butler vs. Georgetown (4 p.m. ESPN); Indiana vs. Pittsburgh. From Madison (6 p.m. ESPN).

Hockey: The Dallas Stars visit the Ducks (7 p.m. FSN).

Pro basketball: The Orlando Magic visit the Clippers (7:30 p.m. FS Prime).

Photo: United Features Syndicate

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Man, so much on TV and so little time. What did we do before Tivo?

-- scott

I watched a Charlie Brown Christmas for about the 37th time
Tuesday night on ABC, and I couldn't believe it when I
noticed there was a line of dialog cut from one scene. Now
I have to play back the DVR to look for more. Is nothing
sacred? Did they cut more? The line I noticed cut was in
no way objectionable on content so it must have been cut
for time - time for more Christmas commerialism and
advertising? That was the very premise of this classic
from 44 years ago. Leave it to Disney/ABC (the masters of
commercialism) to inadvently drive the point home.

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