Here are selected primetime television highlights for Monday, December 19, 2011;
8 P.M. (WNBC) WHO’S STILL STANDING? Ben Bailey the omniscient taxi driver of “Cash Cab” on the Discovery Channel, hosts this new trivia show based on an Israeli hit series. The game begins as a main competitor chooses one of 10 challengers to go head to head with in a series of questions. One wrong answer and that player is dropped out of the competition through a trap door. The battle continues until one person is left standing. If it’s the main contestant, he or she could win up to $1 million.
9 P.M. (TNT) THE CLOSER Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) suspects the police commissioner (Mark Moses) and his wife (Elizabeth Perkins) of an elaborate cover-up in the case of girl who was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding her bicycle.
9 P.M. (WLIW) NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING The lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holidays across the country.
Wed Dec 21st at 4am on WLIW21
Thu Dec 22nd at 7pm on WLIW21
Thu Dec 22nd at 9pm on NJTV
10 P.M. (TNT) RIZZOLI & ISLES Jane (Angie Harmon) and the squad investigate the stabbing death of a dancer’s mother.
10 P.M. (WNET 13) CHARLES & RAY EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER Charles and Ray Eames are now profiled as part of THIRTEEN’s American Masters tonight. From 1941 to 1978, this husband-and-wife team brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training, she was a painter and sculptor. Together they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work helped, literally, shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. They are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum – offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, Charles and Ray have risen to iconic status in American culture. But their influence on significant events and movements in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood. A film by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey. Narrated by James Franco.