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November 22, 2009


"American Idol" alums Kelly Clarkson (above) Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert are among the many performers slated to appear at the "2009 American Music Awards." Simon, Paula, Randy -- and Kara -- must be so proud. (ABC, 8 p.m.)


Bah, humbug! In the new special "Surviving the Holidays With Lewis Black," the curmudgeonly cultural commentator and his celebrity guests get in touch with their inner Grinches while venting their season's grievances. (History, 8 p.m.)


Chef Sam Mason invites you to have "Dinner With the Band" in a sneak peek at this new cooking-and-music show set to premiere next spring. Food will be prepared and songs will be shared, and all in the intimacy of Mason's Brooklyn loft.

(11 p.m. IFC)


Talk about a perfect fit: Singer-rapper-actress Eve ("Barbershop," "XXX") guest-stars on a new episode of the teen-themed musical drama "Glee," playing the director of a rival school's glee club. (Fox, 9 p.m.)


Tummy too full of turkey? Then loosen that belt, sit back, relax and let the tryptophan go to work while you enjoy the musical profiles "Beyoncé . . . I Am Yours" and "Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City." (ABC,

9 and 10 p.m.)


Prepare to bid farewell to your favorite obsessive-compulsive detective (Tony Shalhoub, below) and his put-upon but patient pals as the comedy-mystery series "Monk" presents the first half of a two-part series finale. The conclusion airs next Friday. (USA, 9 p.m.)


The TV movie "The National Tree" stars Andrew McCarthy (above) and Evan Williams as a father-son duo on a cross-country odyssey to deliver a Sitka spruce to Washington, D.C., for the annual White House tree-lighting ceremony. (Hallmark, 8 and 10 p.m.)

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