What to Watch Tuesday: Parenthood Anxiety, NCIS Awkwardness, Santa Comes to Town & More

Parenthood - Season 4On TV this Tuesday: Four’s a crowd on NCIS, Parenthood‘s Bravermans put on a brave front, Apartment 23‘s Beek is a Dancing star, a family party may not have Happy Endings and you’d better watch out, because Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (ABC) | Young Kris Kringle [SPOILER ALERT!] thwarts the evil Burgermeister Meisterburger in the stop-motion holiday favorite.

8 pm NCIS (CBS) | When FBI Agent Fornell becomes the target of a shooting, a twist in the case folds in his and Gibbs’ mutual ex-wife (returning guest star Melinda McGraw) — leading to, among other things, this WTF? scene. “It’s one of the funniest moments we’ve done in a very long time,”  show boss Gary Glasberg tells us. “There’s a whole build-up to what’s going on in that scene, and I literally laugh out loud every time I watch it.” (He had no comment on whether McGee gets a head-slap.)

8 pm Hart of Dixie (The CW) | Zoe is so anxious to get away from her visiting (and ever-critical) mom – played by returning guest-star JoBeth Williams – she nearly ruins Christmas Eve for the whole town.

PREVIEW | New Girl Christmas Episode First Look: David Walton Returns for Jess

PREVIEW | Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23‘s James Van Der Beek and Dean Cain Go Dancing

PREVIEW | The Mindy Project Lands The Office‘s Ellie Kemper for Christmas Episode

9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) | Granger insists on partnering with a reluctant Kensi as the team investigates a brazen heist conducted by costumed gunmen.

9 pm Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) | Angela tries to heal her broken heart by seeing someone new, and Jane and the team begin to mentor underprivileged teenagers. (Spoiler alert: It doesn’t go very well.) Senta Moses (Beakman’s World, General Hospital) guest-stars.

9 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Jane and Alex’s parents (played by Harry’s Law‘s Christopher McDonald and Airplane‘s Julie Hagerty) throw a huge party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the family mattress business, forcing Alex to let Dave know she never told her folks they reunited. Meanwhile, Max looks for a new BFF to replace his paired-off pal Penny.

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10 pm Private Practice (ABC) | When he’s not growing more suspicious about his patient Nick’s involvement in a missing girl case, Sheldon finds happiness with a new woman. Picket Fences‘ Kathy Baker guest-stars.

10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | As we forwarned back in October: A hospital. Christmas Eve. 14 Bravermans.

10 pm Vegas (CBS) | A showgirl’s murder resonates personally with Katherine; Savino lands a high roller and tries to use him to build the Savoy’s cred with well-to-do gamblers.

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11 pm Flashpoint (ION) | It’s Team One vs. a band of highly trained, well-organized soldiers with nothing to lose! Who’ll prevail?

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36 Comments
  1. I can’t wait to see NCIS tonight! It’s gonna be an ‘Oh No McGee’ night! And I hope Tony doesn’t tease McGee too much. :-)

  2. Toni says:

    I already have Kleenex ready for Parenthood.
    I’m hoping they don’t do a Christmas possible death cliffhanger.

  3. Already seen Happy Endings it was funny.
    Leverage
    Rizzolli & Isles

  4. Brandy says:

    Hart of Dixie,Rizzoli & Isels

  5. Not too happy that Granger wants to pair up with Kensi on NCIS Los Angeles though. Nothing good ever comes when Granger’s around.

  6. Newo says:

    Parenthood is really emotional this week (as is most weeks haha) be prepared american viewers (it aired here in Canada last night)

  7. Greg S. says:

    What about New Girl?

  8. Finally tonight it’s time for the NCIS episode I’ve been waiting for weeks, months even.
    I am most certainly going to watch the new NCIS episode. That is a must-see for me tonight.

    I love that Fornell is back. And I love the fun and funny McGee related moments that we’ll see. Plus a few other things. This episode once again shows why Steven Binder is one of my favourite NCIS writers.

    I’ll also be recording New Girl and Apartment 23, and Go on. But I’m behind on some of these shows, so not gonna watch the new episodes until I’ve caught up.

  9. Dyanna says:

    Great. It’s shark week and Parenthood is going to be a weeper.

  10. Eric says:

    Happy Endings
    Don’t Trust the B
    PARENTHOOD!!!
    Private Practice
    Rizzoli and Isles
    Miss my New Normal!!!

  11. Jared says:

    Hart of Dixie!

  12. Joe Petitjean says:

    NCIS and Rizzoli & Leverage

  13. Andy says:

    New Girl, The Mindy Project, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and LEVERAGE!

  14. luke says:

    I just watched Parenthood, and all I can say get ready to be pissed at Sarah!

  15. ollie says:

    raising hope hart of dixie and all abc starting at 9

  16. tahina says:

    Will give Rizzoli&Isles a second chance. Ditto Vegas :-D

  17. nick1372 says:

    Santa Claus… and Take it All

  18. GeekGirl13 says:

    NCIS, NCIS LA, and FLASHPOINT!!!!!!
    Plus DVRing Private Practice.

  19. Roni says:

    Happy Endings and Chopped (and guilty pleasure Storage Wars).

    I can’t wait for Go On to come back.

  20. Ace says:

    Hart of Dixie, New Girl, and Mindy for me.

  21. Niki says:

    Parenthood:) The Best:)

  22. Tamara says:

    Parenthood
    New Girl
    The Mindy Project
    Hart of Dixie

  23. Linderella says:

    Parenthood :(
    Rizzoli
    Private Practice (DVR)

  24. N says:

    PPP Rizzoli & Isles!

  25. lynda says:

    The Voice and Hart of Dixie is my choices. Will it be Nicolas, or someone else that goes home, since they are only losing one performer?

  26. Meri says:

    Leverage!!

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