Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 - Featured


* Top Chef: Las Vegas (10/9c Bravo)


The heat turns up to the highest levels in the conclusion of the two-part Season 6 finale. In last week's cook-off for wine connoisseurs in Napa Valley, Jennifer created the feast with the least and was eliminated. That leaves our Final 3 maestros of meals - talented fan favorite Kevin Gillespie and the head-butting Voltaggio brothers, Bryan and cocksure Michael. It'll be the real meal deal when they plate up their final culinary creations, after which one of them will be crowned the winner.


* The New Adventures of Old Christine (8/7c CBS)


Ritchie, a school bully? Yep! Christine learns the disturbing truth about her son and the discovery leads her to an amazing decision. She decides to set a good example by apologizing to the woman (Amy Sedaris) she dubbed "Frankenstein" in junior-high school. Of course, nothing goes the way Christine planned.


* Glee (9/8c Fox)


This is it until April, so expect big news. For starters, Will and Terri's marriage. Let's hope that things work out better for Terri than they did for Jessalyn Gilsig's Nip/Tuck character, Gina. Then there's Emma and Ken's wedding and, of course, sectionals. Sue is scheming and Quinn's secret is unraveling, so the glee kids might not get what they want. But, as Mick Jagger once put it (and the kids rousingly repeat tonight): "You get what you need."


* Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 (10:01/9:01c ABC)


Go-round No. 17 for Babs' Top 10. As usual, the No. 1 person is a secret, and this year there's no obvious choice. (A presidential election makes it easier.) But there is a repeater and, you betcha, it's Sarah Palin. Glenn Beck grabs 2009's conservative-commentator slot (Rush Limbaugh was 2008's), and 40-year-old NFL QB Brett Favre is the sports guy. Rounding out the list: Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Tyler Perry, Kate Gosselin, South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford and Michael Jackson's kids.


* Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (10/9c Sundance)


Season 2 comes out rockin' with U2's Bono and the Edge joining the host for a convivial, candid and music-filled hour. Hard to tell what's more enjoyable - the reflective, brogue-tinged banter or the splendid set list. The talk touches on musical influences and appreciation of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles. As for the music, standouts are the moody, croony moonlight cocktail "Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad," and the finale, a "Pump It Up/Get On Your Boots" medley that's a supersonic blast.


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