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What’s On This Week

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

9 P.M. | ABC

A tornado rips down Wisteria Lane, wrecking lives, houses and tidy lawns. On the plus side, this might be the only way to rid the street of the gay neighbors’ awful fountain.

MONDAY, DEC. 3

THE CLOSER

8 P.M. | TNT

In a new two-hour case, persnickety yet charming Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) pursues an important witness all the way back to her hometown, Atlanta, at Christmas.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

8 P.M. | CBS

More than 40 years old and still one of the best holiday specials. I mean, who doesn’t love Hermey, the elf who wants to be a dentist?

THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW

10 P.M. | CBS

Gorgeous models—and the Spice Girls performing! Hey, knock it off with the “Old Spice” jokes.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

MONK

9 P.M. | USA

Monk shoots a man in a Santa Claus getup, although a larger crime caper is threatening to come down the chimney at any minute.

MOVIES ROCK

9 P.M. | CBS

Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Tony Bennett and LeAnn Rimes perform in a two-hour special that salutes music on the big screen.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

THE NOTE

9 P.M. | HALLMARK

Genie Francis, with her sad eyes and smile, is a columnist trying to deliver a dead person’s note to its intended recipient.