The ION Television Network is presenting a good five hours of Christmas-themed mysteries for this day after Thanksgiving. From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST, the network will show reruns of two episodes of Monk, two of Psych, and one of Leverage. They’re all well worth watching. (Schedule details below; check your local listings for confirmation.)
I was disappointed last year to find out that USA Network did not schedule a new Christmas episode of Psych for 2011, and it appears that the same will be the case this year. After initial rumors that the new season would begin this November—which the show’s devotees would eagerly await because of the cliffhanger conclusion of last summer’s final episode—USA Network announced that the show won’t return until Feb. 27 of next year. And there appears to be no Christmas episode this year, either. Until then, we shall have to make do with reruns such as today’s.
Christmas Mysteries on ION TV, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
MR. MONK AND THE SECRET SANTA
When a detective dies at the police department Christmas party after drinking from a poisoned bottle of port intended for Captain Stottlemeyer, can Monk find the killer?
MR. MONK AND THE MAN WHO SHOT SANTA
Monk becomes a social pariah when he shoots a man dressed as Santa Claus. Can he clear his name and foil a larger criminal plot in time for Christmas?
THE HO HO HO JOB
To restore Santa’s reputation, the team infiltrates a mall on Christmas Eve and uncovers a nefarious scheme perpetrated by an old nemesis.
GUS’ DAD MAY HAVE KILLED A GUY
When Shawn and Henry are invited to have a Christmas dinner with Gus parents, the yuletide cheer is interrupted bymurder. A neighbor is found dead and all the evidence points to Gus dad as the culprit. Can Shawn and Gus work their usual magic when the case is so personal?
After Shawn and Gus help a little girl get her father freed from jail, they find out that they have been conned into aiding in a crime.