'The Little Couple' mom Jen Arnold treated for cancer, 'Christmas Light Fight' premieres, plus more reality TV news

The Great Christmas Light Fight (premieres 9 p.m.

The Great Christmas Light Fight (premieres 9 p.m. EST Dec. 9, ABC): A new competition series in which 20 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas -- in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious -- with a total of $250,000 in prizing ($50,000 won each week). (Credit: ABC)

CANCER DIAGNOSIS. Jen Arnold, who stars with her husband Bill Klein on TLC's "The Little Couple," is undergoing treatment for a rare type of cancer. The Houston neonatologist told People magazine, "I am very fortunate as the prognosis is good. While there is never a good time to get news like this, getting it just as we are building our new family is tough in many ways." Arnold, 39, and Klein, 38, are parents to son Will, 3, adopted from China, and daughter Zoey, 2, recently adopted from India.

 

PREMIERES. 'Tis the season for holiday shows. ABC kicks off the three-episode competition "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday night at 9, with judges Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"... Season four of NBC's a cappella competition "The Sing-Off" also premieres Monday night at 9, with New York City's Element among the groups... Tuesday brings Christmas episodes of Discovery's "Moonshiners" at 8 p.m. and "Amish Mafia" at 9 p.m., and A&E's "Duck Dynasty" celebrates the holiday Wednesday at 10 p.m.... A&E's "Rodeo Girls," following female barrel racers, starts Wednesday at 11 p.m. before settling into its regular Thursday 10 p.m. slot... Wild horses are trained to compete in the Mustang Million in National Geographic Wild's "Mustang Millionaire," bowing Saturday at 10 p.m.... Sister channel National Geographic opens season two of the competition "Ultimate Survival Alaska" Sunday night at 9. Following it at 10 p.m., cops deal "Kentucky Justice" in a new series... and opposite the latter, chef Alton Brown returns with season two of Food's "Cutthroat Kitchen."

 

RECAPS. Ruben Studdard, who was previously eliminated, but reinstated after a rules violation, was cut again from "The Biggest Loser"... Ellona Santiago and Rion Paige are off "The X Factor"... Matthew Schuler exits "The Voice"... Katie Collins went to Redemption Island and Caleb Bankston was eliminated on "Survivor"... and Sara Johannes is gone from "Top Chef."

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