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WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS

8 PM on Channel 4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Burl Ives narrates this holiday perennial, an animated musical account of how young Rudolph and Hermey the Elf (who secretly wants to be a dentist) flee to the arctic wilderness, where they meet prospector Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman. Songs include "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold." (TVG) 2371
8 PM on Channel 7

Lost

In "Raised by Another," Claire's (Emilie de Ravin) nightmares appear to be coming true, which has Jack, Charlie and Kate (Matthew Fox, Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly) fearing for her life and that of her unborn child. A castaway who had been missing returns with some disturbing information about what's beyond the mountains. HDTV14371, 56371
8 PM on Channel 49

Smallville

A toxic leak at Luthorcorp -- the result of an experiment by Lex -- infects Clark, Lana, Lex and Jason (Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Jensen Ackles) in "Scare," causing frightening hallucinations and unconsciousness. Clark gives Lex some of his blood so he can develop an antidote, for which Lex has his own plans. (TV14) HDTV9970130
8 PM on A&E

American Justice

"Serial Wife" is the story of Jill Coit, aka "Colorado's black widow," currently serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of her ex-husband Gerald Boggs. They'd been wed only seven days when he sought an annulment after learning she was married to someone else. In fact, she'd been married to nine someone elses over the years, and some of them met mysterious ends. (TVPG) 755130
8 PM on HISTORY

Modern Marvels

The new episode "Washington Monument" chronicles the long journey of one of the nation's most famous memorial structures from idea to execution. Proposed in the late 1700s, it was not completed until a century later, and the reasons behind the delays could fill a political thriller. The program also covers the recent repairs to the monument and the steps that have been taken to protect it from terrorist attacks. (TVPG) 5111468
9 PM on Channel 2

The West Wing

The Taiwanese delegation presents President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) with a flag representing the Taiwanese Independence Movement. His acceptance of that gift threatens more than his visit to China, as the Eastern superpower is now getting ready to take military action. Ed O'Neill ("Married . . . With Children") guest stars in the new episode "A Change Is Gonna Come." (TVPG) HDTV4739
9 PM on Channel 7

Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas

It may be December, but tonight's forecast says 98 Degrees. That's because Nick Lachey's old boy band, which includes his brother Drew, is reuniting for this holiday special. Nick's wife, Jessica Simpson, won't be left out of the family fun, as her singing sister, Ashlee, is also making a guest appearance. 10997, 43807
9 PM on HALLMARK

The Christmas Box

Of the many holiday specials about looking for and finding the true meaning of Christmas, this is one of the best. Maureen O'Hara stars as a widow who discovers the miracles of everyday life when a young family moves into her home to care for her. Richard Thomas, Annette O'Toole and Kelsey Mulrooney also star. (TVG) 6497848
9 PM on Channel 49

Jack & Bobby

Grace (Christine Lahti) sits Jack (Matt Long) down for a birds-and-bees talk after she catches him buying condoms. She doesn't want to stop him, necessarily, but she wants him to be sure that Missy (Keri Lynn Pratt) is the right one. Bobby (Logan Lerman) tries to play matchmaker for Warren (Dean Collins) and the girl he loves from afar, but she's more interested in Bobby. Jessica Pare also stars in the new episode "Today I Am a Man." HDTV9990994
9 PM on ESPN

College Basketball

The season's first major road test awaits for highly ranked North Carolina tonight when the Tar Heels visit Indiana. They shouldn't be intimidated, though, what with an experienced starting five of two seniors and three juniors making up Roy Williams' talented squad. Forward Rashad McCants is the go-to guy. Entering this season, McCants had scored in double figures in 60 of his 65 games as he steadily moves up N.C.'s all-time points list. 134623
10 PM on Channel 2

Law & Order

A convicted child killer just out of prison is run over by a vehicle and left for dead. Fontana and Green (Dennis Farina, Jesse L. Martin) think the mysterious motorist did society a favor, but they still have to find out who did the deed, especially after the injured man dies. Investigating in the prison where the man did his time, they uncover some evidence that leads to a surprise for McCoy (Sam Waterston) in "Fixed." (TV14) HDTV7826
10 PM on Channel 4

CSI: NY

A sniper kills a mounted policeman in Central Park in "Officer Blue." A bullet lodged in the horse is the only evidence available to Mac and Stella (Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes), who must decide whether to risk the animal's life to retrieve it. Aiden (Vanessa Ferlito) tries to solve the murder of a youngster whose burned body is found in a Queens alley. HDTV2994, 46994