See “Idiot Box” above.
“Jingle All the Way” (Hallmark 5 p.m.) Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to get on with the Christmas specials, starting with this animation starring Jingle the Husky Pup. If you love Jingle (and you’d damn well better), you can get interactive storybooks, stuffed animals, cards and iPhone apps at your nearest Hallmark store.
“Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) If Jingle isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll appreciate Hallmark’s other corporate mascots, Hoops & Yoyo. They have a CD and e-cards and calendars and Halloween costumes and ...
“The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story” (KRQE-13 7:30 p.m.) The Christmas “tradition” of placing a creepy elf doll on one’s mantle to perform surveillance on the pre-Christmas habits of children dates all the way back to the 2005 publication of Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell’s picture book The Elf on the Shelf. Now, this Patriot Act-inspired Christmas fable comes to life as an animated special.
“Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” (TBS 8 p.m.) If there’s one thing this world needs, it’s another Tyler Perry TV series.
“America’s Cutest Pet” (Animal Planet 7 p.m.) Sadly, this is just a bunch of Internet videos and not a reality competition in which animals are judged and then kicked off the show every week.
Desperately Seeking Santa (ABC Family 6 p.m.) What says season’s greetings more than a pun on a 25-year-old Madonna movie?
A Holiday Engagement (Hallmark 6 p.m.) An overworked woman (Bonnie Somerville) hires an out-of-work actor to pretend to be her fiancé over the holidays. ... Honey, if it didn’t work for Jennifer Aniston in Picture Perfect, it ain’t gonna work for you.
Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith (KOAT-7 8 p.m.) ABC turns to so-inspirational-it-hurts author Mitch Albom for some unsubtle holiday uplift.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (KOAT-7 7 p.m.) Gotta see it at least once per season.
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) At least once per season.
“America’s Supernanny” (Lifetime 7 p.m.) Yeah, to hell with that stuck-up Mary Poppins wannabe Jo Frost. Isn’t it time we had a supernanny without an accent?
“The Epic History of Everyday Things” (History 7 p.m.) Learn the background details on objects we interact with on a daily basis and never think twice about. Like string. And cans.
Scott Turow’s Innocent (TNT 7 p.m.) Scott Turow’s not innocent. That’s just the name of his latest crime novel to get the made-for-TV treatment. Turow’s guilty as hell of something, I’m sure.
“Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (KRQE-13 9 p.m.) Talk about stocking stuffers!
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2011” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) Of course, Justin Bieber is there. Even the Black Eyed Peas are like, “Dude, give it a rest. You’re overexposed.”
“Trek Nation” (Science 7 p.m.) Science Channel investigates the legacy of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry.
“I Hate My Teenage Daughter” (KASA-2 8:30 p.m.) Jamie Pressly (“My Name is Earl”) and Katie Finneran (a Tony Award-winner) star in this sitcom about a pair of mothers doing battle with their overprivileged daughters.
“The Soup” (E! 11 p.m.) The perfect antidote to all things idiot boxy moves to Wednesdays.