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THURSDAY'S BEST BETS

8 PM on Channel 29

The O.C.

Seth and Sandy (Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher) are off on some new adventures, with their kinfolk in tow, in "The New Era." Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) and Seth's double date to a Killers concert has a surprise ending. (TVPG) HDTV55647, 40395
8 PM on TCM

The Pink Panther

The title of this 1964 comedy actually refers to a very rare gem sought by a sophisticated international jewel thief. This "pink panther" turned into a cash cow for writer-director Blake Edwards, thanks to the magical alchemy that occurred when Peter Sellers was cast as bumbling Inspector Clouseau, a role originally intended for Peter Ustinov. David Niven and Robert Wagner also are featured, as is Henry Mancini's incomparable score. 2164579
8:15 PM on CINEMAX

Two Weeks Notice

Fans of Sandra Bullock and/or Hugh Grant should like their teaming in this light but enjoyable 2002 comedy produced by Bullock. She plays the latest lawyer hired by a womanizing real-estate tycoon (Grant), and try as she does to resist his charms, she can't help herself. She ends up quitting, which doesn't necessarily mean the end of their association. Robert Klein and Dana Ivey play Bullock's parents; Alicia Witt also co-stars. HDTV37311005
9 PM on Channel 7

life as we know it

Just as Jonathan and Dino (Chris Lowell, Sean Faris) learn Ben's (Jon Foster) secret, Ben finds himself growing closer to Sue (Jessica Lucas), a development that threatens to send Ms. Young (Marguerite Moreau) into a full-blown, green-eyed meltdown. Jackie (Missy Peregrym) finds friendship at an Al-Anon meeting in the new episode "Natural Disasters." (TV14) HDTV26111
9 PM on Channel 29

North Shore

Jason (Kristoffer Polaha) decides the only way to show Nicole (Brooke Burns) he's serious is to propose, but she's not ready for marriage, especially since the new chef (Dominic Purcell) has turned her head. As the bidding for MJ's (Nikki DeLoach) bracelet heats up, the bauble disappears. Tessa (Amanda Righetti) proves she's better in the bedroom than the kitchen. (TV14) HDTV60579, 20531
9 PM on FAMILY

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys

It's Rudolph and friends to the rescue when the evil Toy Taker cleans out Santa's warehouse in this 2001 sequel to the 1964 Christmas classic. While it doesn't measure up to the original, fans will enjoy seeing "where they are now." Hermey has his dental degree, and Rudolph and Clarice are still an item. (TVG) 942289
9 PM on FOOD

12 Days of Cookies

It wouldn't be the holiday season without cookies, and this new special serves up a batch of tasty varieties, from cornmeal wreaths to stuffed macaroons. Bakers from around the country demonstrate how to make their favorites and share the stories behind the recipes as the cookies bake. Jill Cordes hosts. 7111314
9 PM on USA

The Siege

Foreign terrorists turn New York into a virtual prison in director Edward Zwick's 1998 drama. Denzel Washington plays a federal agent who clashes with a gung-ho general (Bruce Willis) in determining the best course for public safety under the circumstances. Annette Bening co-stars as an expert on the villains. 482024