Maintaining its odd holiday tradition, CBS again pairs the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated musical "Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer" (8 p.m., TV-G) with the ludicrous lingerie special "The Vic toria's Secret Fashion Show" (10 p.m., TV-14). For years, I've never seen the connection. But I like to point it out. While the television climate that created "Rudolph" may seem relatively chaste by contemporary standards, programs such as "Mad Men" like to teach us that things were not so simple then, either.
After World War II, advertising geniuses created a campaign for Maidenform bras that showed a woman, shirtless (or blouseless, as they may have said at the time), doing something fantastic. Every ad ended with the tagline: "I dreamed I (did something extraordinary) in my Maidenform bra." One woman confessed that she dreamed of "going to the moon" in her brassiere.
Needless to say, the commercials made quite an impression. They were spoofed regularly in Mad magazine, an institution, like "Mad Men," that took its name from Madison Avenue. It all goes to show that ogling women in their underwear has a storied tradition that, like "Rudolph," predates "Victoria's Secret" by several decades.
---Even "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) gets into the holiday spirit. One would-be entrepreneur describes the benefits of a "rent-a-live-Christmas-tree" service. It's unclear how our relationship with live Christmas trees could get any less permanent, but I'm willing to listen to anybody's pitch.
---Cartoon Network's holiday specials continue with "The Amazing World of Gumball" (7 p.m.). When Mom hits a homeless man with her car, the kids believe he's Santa and she's forced to bring him home. Don't worry: It has a magical ending! "The Looney Tunes Show" Christmas special follows at 7:30.
---"NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns" (10 p.m., Travel) examines the nuts and bolts of moving, housing and feeding a professional sports team and traveling more than 20,000 miles over the course of a season. Like most things concerning
logistics, the details can be both staggering and mundane.
---TV-themed DVDs available today include "Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series."
---Contestants face the music on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC).
---An author's suicide seems suspicious on "Rizzoli & Isles" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
---Mindy on her own on "The Mindy Project" (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Sarah's efforts with Hank irk Mark on "Parent- hood" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Triplet trouble on "Pri vate Practice" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---Jax strikes a new deal and unloads some old business on the season finale of "Sons of Anarchy" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
---A business vanishes down the rabbit hole on
"Leverage" (10 p.m., TNT, TV-PG).
A handsome North Caro-
lina native revisits his small town with his sophisticated art dealer wife in the 2005 drama "Junebug" (9 p.m., Sundance). This movie made supporting actress Amy Adams a star. Her memorable performance earned her the first of three Oscar nomin-
---Jimmy thinks Sabrina is getting off easy on "Raising Hope" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Wade attracts interest from on "Hart of Dixie" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---A rustic outing on "Ben and Kate" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Amnesia on "NCIS" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Penny meets a special someone on "Happy End ings" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---Fear of the apocalypse on "Go On" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Jess dreams of bubble baths on "New Girl" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---After collapsing, the hospital's flower deliveryman refuses medical attention on "Emily Owens, M.D." (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Baby-proofing madness on "The New Normal" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Casual drinks on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---R.A. Dickey is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Amy Poehler, Kevin Pollak and Ke$ha appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Kristin Chenoweth is booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Martin Freeman sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Jay Leno welcomes Khloe Kardashian Odom on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Reba McEntire and Richie Sambora on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.