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Fredric March in the 1934 version of "Les Miserables."

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TV critic's picks for Thursday, Dec. 13

  • December 12, 2012 - 3:31 PM
Three times the sorrow

What's "Les Misérables" without the songs? Before the new Hugh Jackman iteration opens on Christmas Day, take a peek at three earlier versions: a 1935 production starring Charles Laughton and Fredric March (7 p.m., TCM); a 1952 version directed by Lewis Milestone (9 p.m., TCM); and even a 1934 take that clocks in at a staggering 282 minutes (11 p.m., TCM).

Stupid human tricks

The stars of "Impractical Jokers" (9 p.m., TruTV) still haven't grown up. For the second season of this juvenile show, the four friends continue to dare one another to annoy everyone from motorists trying to get fast food to people trying to get to appointments from a waiting room. Someone serve these guys a round of knuckle sandwiches.

Bah, humbug!

"Nightmare Christmas" (9 p.m., Investigation Discovery) slips a lump of coal into our stockings by looking at some people who didn't have happy holidays. Among the stories: a woman who stabs her husband for opening his presents early, and a church that loses its Christmas collection money.

NEAL JUSTIN

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