Critic’s corner

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By Don Aucoin
Globe Staff / December 22, 2010

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Open Range 8 p.m., AMC

Don’t have time to watch every single western ever made? Then check out this 2003 movie, starring Kevin Costner (right, who also directed), Robert Duvall (left), and Annette Bening. “Open Range’’ rolls up numerous genre conventions into one enjoyable package: the ex-gunslinger forced back into violence, the grizzled sidekick who offers gruff wisdom, the ruthless rancher, the corrupt sheriff, the competing claims of freedom and domesticity, the woman whose love will redeem our hero, the climactic gunfight.

Modern Family 9 p.m., Channel 5

No sophomore slump for this endearing sitcom, which has settled into a nice little groove. In tonight’s repeat, Cameron turns into that most dreaded of all species — the showbiz parent — and overrides Mitchell’s wishes by arranging to have Lily star in a TV commercial. Meanwhile, Phil’s manhood is on the line (isn’t it always?) when he can’t locate a malfunctioning smoke detector.

The Middle 8 p.m., Channel 5

Mike finds Jerry Van Dyke annoying. Me too, Mike.

The Town Christmas Forgot 10 p.m., Hallmark

An affluent family learns a lesson about togetherness and living without technology after their car breaks down in a struggling lumber town.

The Mo’Nique Show 11 p.m., BET

Guests include Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Special K.

Pie Paradise 10 p.m., Travel

Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour. You too, Soupy Sales.