If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance the world didn’t end — so kick back in relief with a night of Friday TV! Fringe turns to a familiar face for help, Doctor Who is in the holiday spirit, ABC’s religious investigation goes Back to the Beginning and Drake & Josh must pull off the best Christmas ever. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
6 pm Bowling for Columbine (Current TV) | A week after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the cable net gets into the gun-control debate by airing Michael Moore’s Academy Award-winning documentary about the 1999 Colorado high school killings.
8 pm Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials (BBC America) | Prep for the Doctor’s Dec. 25 Christmas special with a review of yuletide outings from seasons past. And because you’ve been so good this year, feel free to stick around for The Brit List: The Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists – a ranking of various things Whovian, featuring John Barrowman — at 10 pm.
8 pm Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh! (Nickelodeon) | In this TV-movie offshoot of the popular tween series, stepbrothers Drake and Josh must give a foster family the best Christmas ever — or face years in jail for a holiday party gone wrong.
8 pm Christmas in Washington (TNT) | Smash‘s Megan Hilty, The X Factor‘s Demi Lovato, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, disco diva Diana Ross, Gangnam Styler PSY and host Conan O’Brien will be on hand for the annual celebration at the nation’s capital.
8 pm We Love Jenni (Mun2) | Thalia, The Voice‘s Carson Daly, Snoop Dogg, The X Factor‘s Mario Lopez and others remember Latina singer Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month.
8 pm Drew Carey’s Improv-a-ganza (Game Show Network) | Miss Whose Line Is It Anyway? See your favorites from Carey’s old improv show – including Nashville‘s Charles Esten – as they once more get silly in front of a live audience.
9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Walter need help to tap into a key piece of the puzzle to defeat the Observers. Enter Nina Sharp, who conjures a plan.
9 pm Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour (ABC) | Using the Old Testament as a guidebook, the journalist travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the fundamental roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (Part 2 airs Dec. 28 at 9 pm.)
9 pm My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera (BIO) | A possibly haunted doll moves on its own… which is exactly what you want to watch as you’re up late wrapping your kids’ presents, right?
10 pm Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street (Fuse) | Comedian Billy Eichner hits the sidewalks of New York to quiz unsuspecting passers-by about music and pop culture.
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