On TV this last Wednesday before Christmas: Beaucoup Bieber, X Factor finalists sing for their proverbial lives, Top Chef is all a-Twitter, Horror Story scares up a finale and more. All told, we found nine programs you might want to tune into.
8 pm A Home for the Holidays With Martina McBride (CBS) | This special, which touts the joys of adoption, includes performances by McBride, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Gavin DeGraw, OneRepublic and Christina Perri, plus presentations by Grey’s Anatomy alum Katherine Heigl and Denise Richards, both of whom adopted a child, and Heigl’s sister Meg, who was adopted.
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The top three finalists battle it out! Finale on Thursday!
9 pm Food Attack (Food Network) | Premiere: This new series explores unique and fascinating cases of food allergies, food-borne illnesses and food overdoses, each a recipe for disaster. In other words: Plan your dinnertime accordingly.
9 pm This Is Justin Bieber (TLC) | This hour special promises to take you “beyond the music and past the hype with an intimate look into the inner workings of Justin Bieber’s world.” [Shudder] On tap are personal interviews, acoustic renditions from his new holiday album, Under The Mistletoe, and other performances.
9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | It’s a slow night/week, so we’ll highlight this repeat of the episode featuring Jane’s search for her “egg daughter,” while Alex bonds with the “mean girls” who start frequenting her store.
9:30 pm I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox) | Winter finale! So soon, I know. But it will/may be back. Sometime.
10 pm State of Play (BBC America) | After Cal is released from jail, he colludes with DCI Bell to smoke out the hit man; Cal’s team pins the author of the anonymous letters to a petty criminal named Dominic Foy.
10 pm Top Chef: Texas (Bravo) | This week’s Quickfire will in part be dictated by live tweets from fans — meaning a hashtag could ostensibly involve actual hash. Patti Labelle serves as a guest judge.
10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | In the 70-minute Season 1 finale, titled “Afterbirth,” Constance schemes to raise Tate’s baby as her own. As Taissa Farmiga (who plays Violet) told TVLine of the season-ender, “There’s a lot going on…. They start to finally wrap things up, so you get your answers. But I’ve got to say, the ending is kind of dark. It’s happy… and it’s not.” She also noted that the last few minutes indicate the plan for Season 2.
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own.