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Thursday's TV Highlights: Anthony Michael Hall guest stars on 'Community'

THUG: A campus bully (Anthony Michael Hall, right) challenges Jeff (Joel McHale) to a fight in the new episode of 'Community,' at 8 p.m. on NBC.

December 10, 2009


Stossel: The former co-anchor of ABC's "20/20," John Stossel makes the leap to cable news with the premiere of this weekly series, taped live before a studio audience, focusing on libertarian and economic issues (5 p.m. Fox Business).

Bones: Brennan's father (Ryan O'Neal) invites a distant relative (Zooey Deschanel, Emily's real-life sister) to spend Christmas with him and his daughter (8 p.m. Fox).

The Office: Despite uncertainty over the future of their company, Jim and Dwight (John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson) try to get everyone in the holiday spirit, but Michael (Steve Carell) is outraged when Jim lets Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) be Santa -- Michael's traditional role -- at the office Christmas party (9 p.m. NBC).

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: This special episode offers unseen footage from the season (9 p.m. Bravo).

30 Rock: Jack's (Alec Baldwin) interest in a new social networking website unexpectedly reconnects him with a high school crush (Julianne Moore) (9:30 p.m. NBC).

The Real Housewives of Orange County: Alexis brings the 20-month-old twins for a mani-pedi at a local salon (10 p.m. Bravo).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The raunchy sitcom wraps its season (10 p.m. FX).

The League: The guys try to hide the Shiva trophy from the real Shiva in the season finale (10:30 p.m. FX).


Pedigree Dogs Exposed: This documentary, which led to the BBC dropping its coverage of the British equivalent of the Westminster dog show, offers an in-depth investigation into the health of pedigreed dogs. They may be in demand as pampered pets, but generations of inbreeding can result in inherited diseases and other serious health problems (5, 8 and 10 p.m. BBC America).

Egypt's Animal Mummies: A team of experts discovers how and why ancient Egyptians preserved animals as they did their kings (8 p.m. Animal Planet).


The More the Merrier: Jean Arthur ("Mr. Deeds Goes to Town") stars in this sweet 1943 romantic comedy as a young working woman who rents out part of her Washington apartment to an elderly businessman (Charles Coburn) during the wartime housing shortage. He soon sublets part of his half to a young sergeant (Joel McCrea) and proceeds to play matchmaker for his two roomies. Richard Gaines also stars (3 p.m. TCM).

The International: An Interpol agent and a New York prosecutor join forces to shut down a bank's funding of terrorism. Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star in this 2009 political thriller (7:05 p.m. Starz).


College basketball: DePaul vs. Mississippi State (3:30 p.m. ESPN2); Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati (5:30 p.m. ESPN2); Florida vs. Syracuse (6 p.m. ESPN).

Pro basketball: The Boston Celtics visit the Washington Wizards (5 p.m. TNT); the Orlando Magic visits the Utah Jazz (7:30 p.m. TNT).

Hockey: The Phoenix Coyotes visit the Kings (7:30 p.m. FSN).

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