TV Notes: Politicians, entertainers, athletes top Walters’ list
“BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2012”: Another year, more famous folk. And now it’s time for the veteran newswoman to tell us who was all that. Her list includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E L James, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor-producer- director Ben Affleck, “Family Guy” mastermind Seth MacFarlane, and the wildly popular boy band One Direction. Who’s No. 1? You’ll have to watch to find out. 9:31 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.
SUNDAY: “The Mistle-Tones” sounds like yet another gooey, made-for-TV holiday movie. It’s pegged to a couple of crooning frenemies (Tia Mowry and Tori Spelling) who head up rival ensembles destined for a Christmas Eve sing-off. 8 p.m., ABC Family.
SUNDAY: All that panting and gasping you hear is coming from the final four teams in “The Amazing Race.” They’ll cross the finish line in New York tonight and promptly search out a good masseuse. 8 p.m., CBS.
SUNDAY: Call off the search party. “American Idol” finalists (and real-life couple) Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo have been located. They make cameo appearances as themselves in the new film “All About Christmas Eve.” 9 p.m., Lifetime.
MONDAY: Apparently, country music singers just haven’t been feted enough this year. Tonight brings the “American Country Awards” with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth presiding over an honor roll chosen by fan votes. 8 p.m., Fox.
MONDAY: Despite all the recent flak involving Elmo’s puppeteer, the “Sesame Street” character will still be part of the “Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays” special. Other guests include Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepsen. 10:01 p.m., NBC.
TUESDAY: On “Raising Hope,” an apocalyptic prophecy has Virginia (Martha Plimpton) convinced that the world will end on Dec. 21, so she turns to extreme couponing to stock up on supplies. Meanwhile, Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) tries to knock a few more items off her bucket list. 8 p.m., Fox.
WEDNESDAY: On “Arrow,” Oliver (Stephen Amell) throws a family Christmas party in an attempt to return a sense of normalcy to the Queen household. Funny, there’s nothing “normal” about a guy who dresses up in a weird costume and shoots pointy objects at bad people. 8 p.m., The CW.
THURSDAY: Tonight’s holiday-themed “Glee” episode is a tribute to the 2003 film, “Love Actually.” We have no idea how it will turn out, but we predict that someone will sing a song or two. 9 p.m., Fox.
FRIDAY: Yes, we’ve seen it something like a thousand times, but “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is still a holly-jolly TV treat. It fact, you might even say it glows. 8 p.m., CBS.
SATURDAY: Ed Grimley will be so proud. Martin Short returns to “Saturday Night Live” to host the show’s annual Christmas installment. Serving as musical guest is Paul McCartney. 11:29 p.m. NBC.