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Monday on TV: Are you in the mood for a prime-time game show?

Published December 19, 2011 9:26 am

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NBC is hoping that what Americans will want to do in the week leading up to Christmas is watch a prime-time game show. Who's Still Standing (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) airs Monday-Thursday on the once proud-as-a-peacock network.

It's an imported trivia game that matches one main competitor against 10 challengers. The main competitor chooses which of the others to compete against; if a contestant answers a question incorrectly he/she is dropped through the floor and out of the game.

Thus, the title.

Contestants can win up to $1 million.

Ben Bailey ("Cash Cab") makes a good host, and the game is pretty good. If you've got all your Christmas shopping done, this isn't a bad way to kill an hour.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NFL (6:30 p.m., ESPN): Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers

Terra Nova (7 and 8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): In the last two episode of the season decisions are made that will affect life in Terra Nova forever.

And, no, we don't know yet if there will be a second season.

The Closer (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): The team investigates the hit-and-run death of a girl on a bicycle.

Fear Factor (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Contestants have to pick up snakes - with their mouths. Gross.

NBA preseason (8 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers

Rizzoli & Isles (8 p.m., TNT): The mother of a performer is stabbed to death at a dance competition.

Rock Center with Brian Williams (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A report on allegations that organized networks in Spain stole and sold newborn babies; American Muslim comics in the Deep South; violence among sports fans; actor Steve Martin; musician Chip Davis.

American Masters (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Designers Charles and Ray Eames influence major events and movements in America, from modernism to the rise of the computer age.