TV Watch List: Monday, December 9

Ben Folds trumps Adam Levine as a host any day.
Ben Folds trumps Adam Levine as a host any day.

“The Sing-Off”
COMPETITION. This is the singing show that is not “The Voice” or “American Idol.” No, this is the singing show that’s all about a cappella groups (arguably the most talented of the lot, actually) and is judged not by Sexiest Man Alive (a debatable title) Adam Levine but by Ben Folds (also by Nick Lachey and some other people). If you’ve seen the video of Folds singing along to a live Chatroulette feed at a 2010 concert, you know that he is the best.
Season Premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

“The Great Christmas Light Fight”
COMPETITION. This is the premiere of a new show in which families across the country decorate the crap out of their homes in an attempt to win a $50,000 prize for most extravagant eyesore. Ahem, we mean most festive holiday display.
Series Premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

“The Story Behind ‘Friends’”
SPECIAL. For all those who fell for the big Internet hoax about a “Friends” reunion last week (and there were a lot of you), maybe this will serve as some soothing balm to that wound. This retrospective takes a look behind the scenes of everyone’s favorite ‘90s sitcom through the eyes of the people who helped make it happen.
8 p.m., TVGN

‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’
MOVIE. This sequel is not nearly as good as the original, but it’s loads better than the third installment, which had the gall to replace Macaulay Culkin with some other kid actor who, it must be said, could not match Culkin’s charisma. In “Home Alone 2,” Kevin’s parents yet again lose their kid, this time in Manhattan (seriously, what is with these people?) and he’s forced to take on not only old nemeses, but some new as well. (Shout out to Tim Curry as a snarky bellhop wise to Kevin’s tricks.)
8 p.m., AMC


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G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

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Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

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Going Out

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Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

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Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

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Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.


Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.


NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

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Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

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Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

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Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…


How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…


The shirtdress is a summer must-have

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