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7:30 PM on TBS

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Since its first airing on CBS in 1966, this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss children's book has evolved into an annual holiday viewing tradition. Legendary animator Chuck Jones directed this story about a green-skinned grouch who sets out to spoil Christmas for the citizens of Whoville. Boris Karloff provides narration, with additional voices by Thurl Ravenscroft and June Foray. (TVG) 843339
8 PM on Channel 2

Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts earned some of the best reviews of her career, an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for director Steven Soderbergh's 2000 drama. It's the true story of a law clerk who fights for people affected by a company's pollution of their water supply. Albert Finney plays the tired attorney whom Brockovich inspires to take up the battle. Aaron Eckhart and Marg Helgenberger are also featured. (TVPG) 889310
8 PM on Channel 51

That Old Feeling

Bette Midler gets to use her trademark brassy persona to its full extent in director Carl Reiner's 1997 comedy. She plays a woman who has an initially hostile reunion with her ex-husband (Dennis Farina) as their daughter (Paula Marshall) prepares to get married. Their feuding yields to a renewed passion for each other, creating additional problems. Gail O'Grady ("American Dreams") co-stars. (TVPG) 37827
8 PM on AMC

For a Few Dollars More

Clint Eastwood again dons the poncho that made him an international superstar in this 1967 sequel to "A Fistful of Dollars," the Italian-made Western that was his launching pad to worldwide fame. Returning as the silent but lethal Man With No Name, he partners with a rival gunslinger (Lee Van Cleef) to hunt a common enemy, a drug-addict bandit (Gian Maria Volonte). (TVPG) 62505020

Hope Floats

After learning -- on national television -- that her husband is cheating, a former small-town beauty queen (Sandra Bullock) takes herself and her daughter home to Texas. Back in her hometown, her past glories are overshadowed by her recent humiliation; she reunites with an old boyfriend (Harry Connick Jr.) and tries to re-establish ties with her eccentric mom (Gena Rowlands). Kathy Najimy co-stars in this predictable but sweet 1998 romance. (TVPG) 424371
8 PM on HBO

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Antonio Banderas is a "Desperado" again in this action-crammed 2003 finale of the adventure trilogy that director Robert Rodriguez began with "El Mariachi." The self-styled killer played by Banderas is recruited by a CIA man (Johnny Depp) to keep tabs on a drug kingpin (Willem Dafoe) intending to eliminate Mexico's president. Others get involved in the power struggle; Salma Hayek briefly reprises her "Desperado" role. HDTV9289594
8 PM on TCM

To Kill a Mockingbird

As lawyer Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck created his signature role and earned a well-deserved best actor Oscar. Based on Harper Lee's novel, the 1962 drama chronicles a Southern summer of racial tension as seen through the eyes of Finch's daughter. The widowed Atticus risks his own life and those of his children (Mary Badham, Phillip Alford) to defend a black man (Brock Peters) accused of raping a white woman (Collin Wilcox). 49006943
8 PM on USA

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

The arrest of an alleged rapist leads to Benson and Stabler's (Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni) discovery of a murder in "Families." The victim is a teenager who was pregnant at the time of her death, and DNA evidence reveals her condition was the result of incest. The police detectives then try to determine which relative, or relatives, may be responsible for the pregnancy and the killing. (TV14) 281575

Love's Enduring Promise

Dale Midkiff and Katherine Heigl return as pioneer couple Clark and Marty Davis in this sequel to last year's "Love Comes Softly," based on a series of best-selling books by Janette Oke. When an accident leaves Clark unable to work the farm, help arrives in the form of a handsome newcomer (Logan Bartholomew) with a secret and an eye for the Clarks' eldest daughter (January Jones). Mackenzie Astin also stars. 1110001
9 PM on USA

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

The murder of a teenage girl sends Stabler and Benson (Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay) back to high school in "Mean." They learn that the victim may have provoked her death, since she was a bully who preyed upon many of her peers -- giving the police detectives numerous suspects to investigate. (TV14) 201339

Weird Travels

The Windy City is the place for wandering spirits in "Chicago Haunts." The search for the undead takes viewers to the Excalibur Club, the Biograph Theater, the Willowbrook Ballroom as well as the Museum of Science and Industry, plus a few local pubs for a taste of heavenly spirits. (TVPG) 4070223
10 PM on A&E

City Confidential

The new episode "Providence, R.I." profiles former Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, a shady character whose constituents still look on the sunny side. Corruption was rampant in City Hall during both his administrations, the first of which ended when he pleaded guilty to torturing a suspected rival. Back in six years later, he gained more cheers turning the city around than jeers for the conspiracy conviction that sent him to prison. (TVPG) 655136

10:15 PM on TBS


This animated adventure from 1998 has a myriad of famous voices and impressive computer imagery to tell the stories of the trials and tribulations of what else -- ants. A nonconforming ant (voice of Woody Allen) disrupts his colony's system by impersonating a soldier (voice of Sylvester Stallone) and falling in love with a princess (voice of Sharon Stone). (TVPG) 78466865