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TV Highlights: "Million Dollar Money Drop" premieres; "Sing-Off" crowns a winner

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Sunday, December 19, 2010; 6:15 PM

"Million Dollar Money Drop" (Fox at 8), the new game show that challenges people to keep tons of cash by answering random trivia questions, is previewed by Hank Stuever on Page C1.

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The remaining groups on "The Sing-Off" (NBC at 8) brace themselves for the announcement of the winner on the Season 2 finale. The champions will receive $100,000 and a recording contract.

"Antiques Roadshow" (WETA and MPT at 8) takes a look back at some of the most eventful appraisals over the years, from a Marilyn Monroe dress to a letter from Gerald Ford to his kindergarten teacher.

The final three couples on "Skating With the Stars" (ABC at 8) perform for the last time, and someone - Bethenny Frankel, Jonny Moseley or Rebecca Budig - will be named the winner during the finale on Tuesday.

The Hope Diamond: so pretty, so complex. "Secrets of the Hope Diamond" (National Geographic at 9) explores the mysterious past of the famous gem.

A stabbing occurs on Christmas Eve on "The Closer" (TNT at 9), which means everyone's holiday plans are put on hold until they can figure out what happened - including Brenda, who has to also deal with having her parents in town.

"Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker" (TLC at 9) throws down for a boys vs. girls competition, Christmas-style, as the contestants make holiday-themed desserts for the American Cancer Society.

In a two-part documentary, "The Calling," the first two hours on "Independent Lens" (WETA and MPT at 9) look at various Christian, Jewish and Islamic students and their respective decisions to become religious leaders.

If you can't wait to see the series premiere in January, NBC offers an advance episode of "Perfect Couples" (NBC at 10), a new comedy that follows the adventures of three twosomes as they try to figure out coupledom.

Joe starts dating two women simultaneously on "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT at 10) and mostly just finds the situation stressful; meanwhile, Terry tries to sell as many cars as possible at the dealership, but only to win a bet with a fellow salesman.

Actor Jack Black appears on "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35), along with sportscaster Marv Albert.

Fresh off his last show on CNN last week, Larry King visits "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35); other guests include actor Garrett Hedlund and musical guest Pink Martini.

- Emily Yahr


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