TV tonight: Charlie Brown, 'Rocket City Rednecks'
Posted December 26, 2012
Robert Bianco has the day off.
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
ABC, 8 ET/PT
On an evening in the middle of television's more-vast-than-usual wasteland stretching from Christmas to New Year's, precious little is new. So we turn to lesser classics. One of the latter-day Charles Schulz creations, Happy finds our Chuck somewhat less so, struggling through a reading of Tolstoy's War and Peace over the holiday break even as he makes time for a party with Peppermint Patty and obsesses over his unrequited love of the Little Red-Haired Girl. Viewers also get the bonus cartoon She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.
Something, Something, Something Dark Side
TBS, 8 ET/PT
Also animated, but far less restrained, is TBS' repeat of this two-part Family Guy sendup of the Star Wars universe. This sort-of reimagining of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back casts Peter as Han Solo, Chris as Luke Skywalker, Lois as Princess Leia, Quagmire and Cleveland as C-3PO and R2D2, and Brian as Chewbacca. With a good-guy team like that, how can Darth Vader hope to triumph - even if he happens to be Stewie?
Rocket City Rednecks
National Geographic, 9 ET/PT
Nights like these you could dedicate to catching up on missed series - and if you decide to go that route, CBS' tandem Person of Interest/Elementary come highly recommended. But if you insist on what hasn't been seen before, you're headed to NatGeo, where our resident redneck intellectuals engineer a boar-hunting vehicle to be used by a wheelchair-bound veteran, and then try to bolt together a one-man flying machine out of remote-control-toy parts.
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