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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 22, 2003

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Tonight's Must-See

"The Simpsons" (7 p.m.), "A Minute With Stan Hooper" (7:30 p.m.) and "Malcolm in the Middle" (8 p.m.); all Fox. In some quick juggling, Fox has inserted Christmas episodes. Two are reruns. "Simpsons" has a "Christmas Carol" take-off with Homer turning generous after a dream. "Malcolm" has Hal and the boys launching a scheme to sell Christmas trees. Sandwiched between is a new "Stan Hooper" episode that was scheduled for last Wednesday, then delayed. To enjoy his first small-town Christmas, Stan covets an apple pie.

"King of the Jungle" special, 6 p.m., Animal Planet. Last Monday, viewers saw one of the youngest competitors win this reality competition. Kelly Diedring, 23, graduated from the University of Missouri, interned in Australia, then was an animal-care specialist at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Fla. Her prize is a chance to host this one-hour special. It was taped in Florida and in Kenya.

Of Note

"Las Vegas," 8 and 9 p.m., NBC. Two reruns air back to back. First is the glitzy and moderately entertaining pilot, in which Danny (Josh Duhamel) beds a beauty (Molly Sims), then learns she's the daughter of his mentor Big Ed (James Caan), the tough casino security chief. In the second, Danny tries to solve his friend's murder while Big Ed must conceal the identity of a conservative senator.

"Everybody Loves Raymond," 8 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Ray's son claims he's too sick to go to school. Ray's solution — flawed, as usual — is to take him to work to show how dull it is.

"Two and a Half Men," 8:30 p.m., CBS. In a funny-enough rerun, Alan (Jon Cryer) feels inadequate because his son wants to return home to his mom (Alan's estranged wife) when he's sick.

"CSI: Miami," 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, someone lured a woman to a vacant condo then beat her.