Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Primetime Holiday Highlights - 'The Middle', 'The Neighbors', 'Guys with Kids', 'Suburgatory'...

For Wednesday, December 5th 2012, I recommend the following holiday programming:

The Middle (ABC, 8 p.m.) – "Christmas Help" – Christmas doesn't seem so merry to Mike (Neil Flynn) when he helps brother Rusty (Norm Macdonald) move some furniture into the Heck house garage and discovers that Rusty doesn't actually own the items. Meanwhile, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) hatches a plan to take a part time holiday job in a department store in order to get an employee discount to buy presents; Axl (Charlie McDermott) turns the garage with the stolen furniture into his own bachelor pad; and Reverend TimTom (Paul Hipp) makes a bold choice by casting Brick (Atticus Shaffer) in a holiday play and tasks an overly zealous Sue (Eden Sher) with baking cookies for the event.  

The Neighbors (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) – “Merry Crap-Mas” – The Weavers ask the Bird-Kersees to hide the multitude of Christmas gifts they’ve purchased for their kids, but when Marty (Lenny Venito) and Debbie (Jami Gertz) are put off by their kids’ entitled attitude towards the holiday, they decide to return all the gifts and put the money toward a family vacation where they can focus on the true meaning of the holiday. There’s just one problem: Larry Bird (Simon Templeton) has opened one of their gifts, spawning a frenzy of gift opening among the aliens and leaving the Weavers with no gifts and no way to pay for the trip. Can alien “Scrooge” Larry Bird save Christmas for the Weavers?  

Guys with Kids (NBC, 8:30 p.m.) – “Christmas” – Concerned that their friends’ marriage is in a rut, Nick (Zach Cregger) and Emily (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) attempt to help Gary (Anthony Anderson) and Marny (Tempestt Bledsoe) rekindle their romance. Chris (Jesse Bradford) and Sheila (Erinn Hayes) struggle with deciding who should keep the engagement ring after the divorce. Meanwhile, Gary and Marny pursue Emily’s idea for a perfect date and find themselves disappointed.  

Suburgatory (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) – "Krampus" George (Jeremy Sisto) sends Tessa (Jane Levy) to New York for a Christmas excursion with her mom, he assumes that he's given her the best present ever. But Tessa soon learns to be careful what you wish for, and she finds herself missing George and Chatswin. Meanwhile George spends the holidays with Dallas (Cheryl Hines), Ryan (Parker Young) finds out that he was adopted-- throwing the Shay family in turmoil-- and Dalia (Carly Chaikin) asks for Carmen (Bunnie Rivera) for Christmas.  

Click here for a photo preview of "Krampus" and here for my take on the episode.

What will you watch??

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