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Tonight's Best TV Picks

Friday, December 9

Fri, December 9

Shark Tank

ABC, 9:00 pm ET

The series celebrates the season with winter-appropriate pitches in this new episode. A single mother offers her method for ensuring any youngster who writes to Santa Claus gets a personal reply -- postmarked from the North Pole, no less. Two men of vastly different age groups present their shared idea for a better winter glove. The second of the "Shark Profiles" focuses on Mark Cuban, encompassing his first return to his high school since he graduated.

Albert

NICK, 7:00 pm ET

Nickelodeon's first original animated movie, this new holiday fantasy recounts the story of Albert (voice of Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live"), a tiny Douglas fir who aspires to become Empire City's most famous Christmas tree. When the search begins for this year's holiday tree, Albert sets off with two friends, a palm tree and a weed (voices of Sasheer Zamata and Judah Friedlander), to realize what he believes to be his destiny. The voice cast also includes Rob Riggle, Cheri Oteri, John Di Maggio and Mary Pat Gleason.

Hell's Kitchen

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Quick! Name that baby food! That's the challenge the remaining contestants face in a blind taste test in the new episode "Spoon Fed." The winners get relaxing massages, while the others have to haul ice bags and wine boxes into the kitchen. The dinner service features Josh McDermitt ("The Walking Dead") and Jeannie Mai ("The Real") as guests, but it finds both teams hitting snags -- to the expected displeasure of Chef Gordon Ramsay.

The Vampire Diaries

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Vampire Diaries

After his showdown with Cade (guest star Wole Parks), Stefan (Paul Wesley) just wants a quiet Christmas Eve with Caroline (Candice King) in the new episode "The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You." Things don't go as planned, though, since their holiday dinner ultimately draws several other guests: Damon, Alaric, Matt, Sybil and Peter (Ian Somerhalder, Matt Davis, Zach Roerig and guest stars Nathalie Kelleyh and Joel Gretsch). Kat Graham also stars.

Last Man Standing

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Last Man Standing

An unemployed Vanessa (Nancy Travis) has too much time on her hands, at least as far as her relatives are concerned, in the new episode "Help Wanted." Her efforts to find a new teaching job seem fruitless, but Mike (Tim Allen) is determined to get her back to work. Ryan and Kyle (Jordan Masterson, Christoph Sanders) engage in a competition to prove which of them knows the most about zombies. Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever also star.

In This Issue

TODAY'S TV MOVIE PICKS

Fri, December 9
Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco

IFC, 4:00 pm ET
Troy

Troy

WGNA, 6:00 pm ET
Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

FX, 7:00 pm ET
Ferris Bueller

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

VH1, 8:00 pm ET
Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents

COMEDY, 8:00 pm ET
Gladiator

Gladiator

SPIKE, 9:00 pm ET
Office Space

Office Space

COMEDY, 10:30 pm ET

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