What to Watch Tonight: Major Crimes, Cake Boss, and More Holiday Specials

What to watch on Monday, December 31...

8pm, Nickelodeon
Nick News With Linda Ellerbee
“Webstars II: More Kids Who Are Online Hits” examines the burgeoning careers of youngsters who crashed onto the scene via the internet. Featured up-and-comers include a chef, a singer, a science buff, a pair of fashion and lifestyle mavens, and a star of the Nick-com The Haunted Hathaways.

8pm, ABC
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
New Year’s Eve means kicking back and cutting loose with friends… unless you’re Charlie Brown, and then it means wading through War and Peace and missing the gang’s celebrations entirely. The special is followed by “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown,” in which Peppermint Patty prepares for a competition on the ice, with the help of a certain beagle pal.

9pm, ABC
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
Red Skelton narrates the continuing adventures of the reindeer with the very shiny nose, who must save the day when Baby New Year is holidaynapped by a fine feathered fiend. Frank Gorshin and Morey Amsterdam also provide their voices to the 1976 animated special, which was their first reunion since the Riddler guest-hosted The Alan Brady Show.

9pm, TNT
Major Crimes
“Year-End Blowout” finds a used car lot rocked by a bomb which offs one of the owners. I guess their sale prices really were... [sunglasses] ... to die for. [YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!] Meanwhile, special agent Malcolm-Jamal Warner tracks down a threat to Rusty’s and Sharon’s lives.

Cake Boss
An enormous alligator with the moniker Mighty Mike is recreated in 14 feet and 800 pounds worth of sugary glory in “Gator Bite.” Then in “On the Road Again,” both Willie Nelson and Buddy’s daughter Sofia are fêted with birthday cakes.

10pm, PBS
Independent Lens
The feature documentary How to Survive a Plague charts the efforts of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic, beginning in the late 1980s. The groups, largely comprising HIV-positive individuals, helped focus the U.S. government and the medical community on developing vital treatment for the disease.

– Sara Bareilles on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E! 


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