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The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3-4 p.m., NBC10) - Actor Chris Rock (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa); actress Elizabeth Banks (W).

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

(3-4 p.m., NBC10) - Actor Chris Rock (

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

); actress Elizabeth Banks (



Oprah Winfrey

(4-5 p.m., 6ABC) - Nate Berkus gives kitchen and mudroom makeovers; latest trends in interior design.

Ghost Whisperer

(8-9 p.m., CBS3) - Ho! Ho! Ho! Huh? Now this is one we've never heard before. Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) sacrifices her own holiday traditions to help a ghost who believes he is Santa Claus to find the true meaning of Christmas. She'll start by telling him Christmas was yesterday. Emmy Award winner Gordon Clapp (


) guest-stars as the moldy old elf. Followed by a second episode at 9 p.m.

Mystic River

(8-11 p.m., AMC) - Clint Eastwood's exceptional murder mystery swells with the twin themes of violence and vengeance that have long haunted the filmmaker. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon costar as the South Boston ex-gangster, ne'er-do-well and cop, childhood friends who are still reeling from an act of violence 25 years earlier, when the cop is sent to investigate the murder of Penn's daughter. With Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney, and Marcia Gay Harden.


(9-10 p.m., 6ABC) - Dorothy and Kip Baulisch of Nebraska are deaf parents raising four hearing children. But they rely too heavily on the eldest daughter, Melissa (18), who understands sign language, as a surrogate hearing parent, and it's put a huge strain on their relationship. She's giving up her youth to be a full-time interpreter. Meanwhile, the three youngest daughters are nightmares, running amok in the house.

Late Show With David Letterman

(11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Tracy Morgan; comic Matt Braunger.

Jimmy Kimmel Live

(12:05-1:05 a.m., 6ABC) - Actor Samuel L. Jackson; actress Bridget Regan; Hinder performs.