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  • The Great Christmas Light Fight -- ABC, Monday, 9 p.m.

Twenty American families will face off in this new reality competition series that will determine which one of them is best at decorating their houses with Christmas lights. Clark Griswold and NStar are very happy about it.

  • The Sing-Off -- NBC, Monday, 9 p.m.

NBC's a cappella competition is back after a two-year break, with Jewel replacing Sara Bareilles as a judge alongside Boyz II Men member Shawn Stockman and oh-my-God-I-can't-believe-he's-47-years-old Ben Folds.

  • One Direction iHeartradio Album Release Party -- The CW, Monday, 9 p.m.

One Direction's third album Midnight Memories came out a couple weeks ago, so now seems like a perfect time to hold a release party on The CW.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
  • The Year Without A Santa Claus -- ABC Family, Tuesday, 9 p.m.

The weirdest and arguably most entertaining of the Rankin-Bass holiday specials, The Year Without A Santa Claus looks and plays like a drugged-out version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town -- complete with a lazy Santa, bug-eyed elves, and the creation of Heatmiser and Snowmiser.

  • Victoria's Secret Fashion Show -- CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m.

There's a reason to watch this, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Oh, Taylor Swift's performing. That must be why.

  • Mob City -- TNT, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Frank Darabont, the creator of The Shawshank Redemption and the first showrunner of The Walking Dead, brings this (mini?)series about the conflict between the LAPD and the LA mob in the '40s and '50s.

Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers) plays real-life chief William Parker, while Jeremy Luke and Ed Burns play gangsters Mickey Cohen and Bugsy Siegel.

Apparently, this show is unaware of (or just doesn't care about) the fact that L.A. Confidential, Bugsy and Gangster Squad already exist.

  • Thursday Night Football -- NFL Network, Thursday, 8 p.m.

The worst games in NFL history have all happened on Thursday nights. It always seems to feature two bad teams (e.g. last week's doozy of the 2-10 Texans against the 3-9 Jaguars) or a cool team like the Panthers playing an uninteresting one like the Bucs.

This week though, it will be the San Diego Chargers against the Denver Broncos.

Should be good. But knowing Thursday Night Football, it will probably be a sloppy blowout.

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