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Screen Gems: TV the week of December 5

Men of a Certain Age (10 p.m. Monday, TNT) A surprise hit about three men in middle-age meltdown Men returns for a second season. Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher star as a trio  under siege by various combinations of disappointed parents, tyrannical bosses, irate spouses, vengeful girlfriends and contemptuous children.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Disney Family) This 1992 comedy stars Macaulay Culkin as a kid marooned alone in New York over Christmas. But the real reason to watch is the hilarious smack down of South Florida, where his family  finds itself trapped by torrential rains in a crummy motel where the only thing to do is watch It's A Wonderful Life dubbed into Spanish. Miami, see it like a native!

Marijuana USA (9 p.m. Wednesday, CNBC) As this documentary shows, the United States seems to be legalizing marijuana in slow motion as state after state OKs it for "medical usage," which often seems to be indistinguishable from "getting-stoned-and-having-the-munchies'' usage. The feds are not amused.

Hookers: Saved On The Strip (10 p.m. Wednesday, Investigation Discovery) Feeling bah-humbugish? Well, this jolly three-part documentary on hookers in Las Vegas would have filled even Ebenezer Scrooge with Christmas spirit.

Meet Me In St. Louis (8 p.m. Saturday, Turner Classic Movies) You gotta have a hard heart -- really hard -- not to tear up a bit when Judy Garland comforts her melancholy little sister Margaret O'Brien by singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in this 1944 comedy. Bonus: It's introduced by Liza Minnelli.

Taliban (8 p.m. Saturday, CNN) Norwegian reporter Paul Refsdal, who has spent more time behind the Taliban lines in Afghanistan than any other Western reporter, shares videos and insights with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Lombardi (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO) A biographical documentary on the legendary Green Bay Packers coach who won the first two Super Bowls and immortalized the line: "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing."

Let me program your TiVo! Just click on my best bets for the week at www.tivo.com/guruguide.


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