The Sound of Music Live!
Thursday, Dec. 5 (NBC)
Special: So what if Parks & Recreation, Parenthood, The Michael J. Fox Show and the rest of Must-Flee Thursday are doomed to cancellation? NBC has the ratings answer: a three-hour(!) musical stage reproduction of a 1,000-year-old book/play/movie starring an American Idol (Carrie Underwood) and a True Blood vampire (Stephen Moyer)! Since The Sound of Music Live! Will be performed live (though there is no theater audience and the music is karaoke-tracked, adding to the weirdness), much can go terribly wrong ... oh, now I get it.
Bonnie & Clyde
Sunday, Dec. 8 (A&E, History, Lifetime)
Miniseries: The story of beloved 1930s American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow has been dramatized before, but never this lavishly and long: Bonnie & Clyde is a glossy production spanning two nights and, for no logical reason, three sister cable networks. The four-hour miniseries is lighter than the famously violent and groundbreaking 1967 Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway Bonnie & Clyde, and it helps that stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger are relative unknowns (fortunately, Grainger replaced original "Bonnie" Miley Cyrus—yes, really). Bonnie & Clyde's Great Depression is sexier and less think-y than Boardwalk Empire's, and you already know how it ends—and, bonus, you can imagine Miley trying to act, smoke, wear a hat and shoot simultaneously. [Concludes Monday, Dec. 9]
Sunday, Dec. 8 (ABC Family)
Movie: Think you've seen every possible variation on the Workaholic City Girl Learns the True Meaning of Love, Christmas and Wearing a Simple, Off-the-Rack Sweater holiday movie? You have, and here's another: Corporate business lady Melody (Jennie Garth) would rather spend Christmas jet-setting and cocktailing, but instead is sent back to her quaint hometown to sell the quaint townsfolk on a new big-box store, much to the disapproval of her quaint, estranged family and quaint, hunky ex-boyfriend (Cameron Mathison). No sooner than you can say "Merry Christmas, movie house!", Melody hits her head and finds herself in an alternate reality where she stayed in her quaint hometown/tax bracket and married Mr. Hunky! Will she awaken from her gender-repressed nightmare coma, build that MegaMart and return to her swinging-single lifestyle? Maybe in the sequel, Holidaze 2: Escape From Quaintsville.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Tuesday, Dec. 10 (CBS)
Special: Like you, The Only TV Column That Matters™ watches the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show strictly for the top-notch musical guests; this year's being Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World, Neon Jungle and mysterious recluse Taylor Swift. CBS can try and cheapen this celebration of timeless music (have you heard Neon Jungle's "Trouble"? It's like Icona Pop without the overwrought intellectualism—refreshing) with bouncing breasts, pouty lips and underwear designed for women who only exist in porn and comic books, but it's really about the music. Recognize.
Sons of Anarchy
Tuesday, Dec. 10 (FX)
Season Finale: Twelve super-sized episodes and one inexplicable Thanksgiving-week break later (WT, FX?), the finale of the most turbulent Sons of Anarchy season yet is upon us—but what's left to happen? Must be time for True TV's ever-futile SOA predictions: At least one more SAMCRO member is going to die, Jax's master plan will fall apart, Gemma's going to lose another man (so long, Jimmy Smits), Charming is going to lose another D.A. (adios, CCH Pounder), and more musical montages are a-comin.'