A"Duck Dynasty" (10 p.m., A&E, TV-PG) celebration of the season occurs with "I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas."
For the uninitiated, this popular cable series follows the antics of the Robertson family. Their patented duck call has made them quite wealthy, but that doesn't stop many family members from behaving like backwoods
stereotypes. In many ways, it's a reality variation of a sitcom. Imagine if the Clampetts on "The Beverly Hillbillies" got rich and never left Bug Tussle.
Viewers seem to love this stuff. From rustic exterminators to swamp dwellers and "Moonshiners" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Discovery), these shows attract audiences that often top the cable ratings charts. According to A&E, more than 4.9 million viewers watched "Duck Dynasty" last week. "Ameri can Horror Story," the second most popular cable series last Wednesday, had a total audience of half that number.
Along with popularity comes an eagerness to use the word "redneck" as an apparent point of pride -- or at least a description. Not long ago, it was considered a confrontational insult not to be used in newspaper
articles or polite company. Jeff Foxworthy got famous with his routine of jokes beginning with the line, "You might be a redneck if ..." But when he teamed up with Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy for "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour" and their WB show, "Blue Collar TV," it was as if they were avoiding the "R" word. This decision also implied that "blue collar" and "redneck" were synonymous. They aren't.
Among the highlights of "I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas" is the preparation of something called a "pirducken," which is a pig stuffed with a turkey that's been stuffed with a duck that has a chicken stuffed inside of it. Christmas lights and decorations also take on an excessive flair.
---Maroon 5 and Dierks Bentley are among the scheduled performers on "The Grammy Nominations Con cert Live!" (10 p.m., CBS). The Grammys air in February.
---An evil Santa invades the asylum while Sister Jude takes on the devil on "American Horror Story: Asylum" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). To say this series, already deliriously lurid in its first season, has gone off the rails is an understatement. While Jessica Lange has outdone herself this season in a performance sure to attract attention and awards, "Horror" has descended to almost predictable shock value, ladling out one gruesome scene after another.
A short list of subjects covered includes Nazi scientists, an alien abduction, a legless nymphomaniac, exorcism and possession, the Holocaust, a snake pit mental institution, zombie-like creatures in the woods and a maniac wearing a leather face mask made from human skin.
There's a certain audacity in all this genre bending, but most of it seems gratuitously sick in ways that can best be summed up as adolescent.
---The finalists compete on "The X-Factor" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Arrow joins forces with the Huntress on "Arrow" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---A murder suspect is linked to an earlier case on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---An early Christmas celebration on "Modern Family" (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14).
---Hector's lifestyle and associates land him in jail on "The Hour" (9 p.m., BBC America, TV-14).
---A train wreck leaves a young victim on "Chicago Fire" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Juliette seeks family in an unexpected place on "Nashville" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
Murder takes the center ring in the 1967 circus hoot "Berserk!" (6:15 p.m., TCM), starring Joan Crawford as a lady ringmaster.
---Time for truth on "Whitney" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Mike's brother (Norm Macdonald) arrives for the holidays on "The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---A fight over an engagement ring on "Guys With Kids" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---The aliens can't wait for Christmas on "The Neighbors" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Multiple slayings hint at a ritual approach on "Criminal Minds" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Sam tracks Benny electronically on "Supernatural" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Tessa's mom (Malin Akerman) takes her shopping on "Suburgato ry" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Alan Simpson visits "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Jim Parsons, Jennifer Carpenter and Delta Spirit appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Peter Jackson sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Albert Brooks and Diana Krall appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Don Johnson, Julie Scardina and Darius Rucker on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC, r).
---Tracy Morgan and Richard Lewis visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Richie Sambora on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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