On TV this Monday: Charlie Brown fights “the Eastern syndicate” behind the commercialization of Christmas, Gossip Girl drops a bombshell, The Closer kills Santa, Castle is “Cuffed” and more. We’ve hand-selected a dozen programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm A Sing-Off Christmas (NBC) | Holiday and inspirational songs are performed by the winning groups from all three seasons, a compilation of lead singers from Season 3, and others.
8 pm Gossip Girl (The CW) | Fall finale: Lily throws a party to introduce Charlie to New York society — unless the guest of honor’s ex-beau, Max, spoils the soiree; Dan decides it may be time to tell Blair the truth about his feelings. Remember: Perhaps the show’s “biggest cliffhanger ever”! P.S. Feel free to offer a caption for the Dan/Blair photo shown here.
8 pm A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC) | “This little green tree here seems to need a home… We’ll decorate it and it’ll be just right for our play. Besides, I think it needs me.” (The all-new animated special Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice follows.)
8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | When Robin receives bad news, she decides to lie about it to the gang; Marshall hangs Christmas decorations on his house with help from his neighbor.
8:30 pm 2 Broke Girls (CBS) | Max and Caroline try to find Chestnut a job in order to get him lodging for the winter; Peach, the mother of the twins Max babysits, auditions for Real Wives of TriBeCa.
9 pm Neverland (Syfy) | The two-night miniseries concludes
with Peter licensing a line of peanut butter.
9 pm The Closer (TNT) | Episode 100: A Santa’s zip-line entrance into a Christmas Village turns fatal. Fred Willard guest-stars as the village’s owner, Christine Woods (FlashForward) plays Buzz’s very cute sister.
9 pm Hart of Dixie (The CW) | Fall finale: Zoe and Lemon’s rivalry enters a new arena when they respectively coach Rose and Lemon’s kid sister, Magnolia, for the Miss Cinnamon Cider Pageant. In flashbacks, we see when Lemon and Lavon first realized they had a connection.
9:30 pm Enlightened (HBO) | With Amy at work, Helen runs into an old friend whose husband used to work with her late husband, Jim.
10 pm Castle (ABC) | Castle and Beckett wake up in bed, handcuffed together, in a locked room with no memory of how they got there. As they try to escape, what’s the biggest threat they face — the people who abducted them or each other? (View photos and video.)
10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | McGarrett & Co. search for a busload of kidnapped school children as well as the people responsible. Ingo Rademacher (General Hospital) guest-stars as the father of one missing child.
10 pm Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) | Jane’s brother Tommy may be facing more trouble just as his relationship with Maura begins to grow. Tessa Thompson (Veronica Mars) guest-stars as a by-the-book FBI agent who has a complicated history with Detective Frost.
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own. With raindrops we can fill buckets!