On TV this Thursday: X Factor marks the winner, Burn Notice goes out with a double-bang, NBC’s kidnapped news reporters tell their tale and you’re invited to A White House Christmas. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Season finale, Part 2: It’s time to reveal the winner! But first, One Direction and Pitbull perform during the live season-ender.
8 pm A White House Christmas: First Families Remember (NBC) | Today‘s Meredith Viera hosts this special, in which First Families from the past four decades share holiday memories from their time in office.
8 pm I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC) | Snoopy’s brother Spike shows up to hang out with Linus and Lucy’s brother ReRun in this holiday special… and that’s when the fun begins.
9 pm CMA Country Christmas (ABC) | The term “country” gets stretched (but hey, it’s Christmas!) as singers such as Colbie Caillat and John Legend join the likes of Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride for a two-hour special full of performances and fireside interviews.
9 pm Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) | The final six contestants pair off into three teams to design a 1920s vintage look. Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) and designer Jenny Packham guest-judge.
9 pm Burn Notice (USA) | Two-hour season finale: Michael attempts to leave the country with his team, but Sam is shot and Jesse is taken captive when the escape is ambushed. (We can’t vouch for Sam or Jesse, but Burn Notice, at least, will go on: It’s already renewed for a shortened Season 7.) Also: What will be the “worst decision ever” that Michael makes?
10 pm Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC) | Brian Williams sits down with NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his crew, who were recently kidnapped and held in captivity for five days in Syria; Ann Curry discusses #20Acts and #26Acts, a grassroots response to the Newtown shootings.
10 pm Sweet Genius (Food Network) | The chefs must combine a Middle Eastern dip with a dessert delight. I’ve got this one: Hummus brulee!
10 pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | Season finale: Court’s in session at Paddy’s Pub as Frank and Dennis present their cases to the rest of the gang. (Verdict? Already renewed.)
10:30 pm The League (FX) | Back-to-back episodes, culminating in the season finale: First, Rupert Ruxin (guest star Jeff Goldblum) has a holiday gift for his son, and Taco challenges the mall’s Santa. Then, Gina Gibiatti (Brooklyn Decker) returns and Pete has a decision to make. (Renewed for next season!)
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