TV tonight: 'CMA Country Christmas,' 'X Factor' finale
Posted December 19, 2012
A White House Christmas: First Families Remember
NBC, 8 ET/PT
Former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter, along with current first lady Michelle Obama, join Meredith Vieira for this behind-the-scenes look at Christmastime at the White House. The presidential mansion belongs to all of us, not just to current or past occupants, so in the goodwill spirit of the holidays, enjoy this chance to visit it with whichever presidential families you like and cut the ones you don't like a break.
The X Factor
Fox, 8 ET/PT
What to do with all that bah-humbug bile left over from watching A White House Christmas? You can use a little on Fox's overproduced, underwatched, atrociously hosted X Factor, which crowns its winner in a two-hour season finale. As the show disappears into the mist, ponder what should concern Simon Cowell more: That all the high-profile changes he made to X Factor somehow managed to make it even worse without making it appreciably more popular - or that even with those changes, American Idol drew more attention off-air than X Factor did on. The best we can hope for now is that he doesn't respond with even more "improvements." The medium might not survive them.
CMA Country Christmas
ABC, 9 ET/PT
Speaking of Idol, former winner Scotty McCreery is among the country singers celebrating the holiday on this musical special, hosted by Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. Others expected to perform include Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, The Band Perry and Keith Urban.
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