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.

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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?

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!