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Night of the Dueling Reeses

Sweet Home Alabama & Just Like Heaven – FOX/HBO

Primetime TV is still sentenced to repeat purgatory for the holidays, but the absence of new episodes of top series grabbers has given way to tonight’s ‘Night of Dueling Reeses’ line-up. Reese Witherspoon’s 2002 southern romantic comedy, Sweet Home Alabama, airs tonight on FOX, and her otherworldly, Just Like Heaven (2005), on HBO.

The two box office performers, which were instrumental in helping Witherspoon graduate from the sophomoric humor of Legally Blonde to the soaring heights of Julia Roberts’ ‘America’s Sweetheart’ (movie pun intended) status. Both feature a Reese in love–as a ghost in Just Like Heaven and as a country girl-turned-urbanite in Sweet Home Alabama. Her male leads in each, Mark Ruffalo and Josh Lucas respectively, just can’t seem to get Reese off their minds—nor can we tonight.

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Sweet Home Alabama airs Thursday at 8/7c on FOX.

Just Like Heaven airs Thursday at 9/8c on HBO.

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