On TV this Wednesday: Arrow, Criminal Minds, Nashville and others settle in for a short winter’s nap, Mob City nabs Bugsy and Kelly Clarkson spins a holly, jolly cautionary tale. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | Fall finale: Felicity and Barry’s cure for Oliver’s near-fatal drugging causes hallucinations that makes him confront his past; Arrow’s request that Lance chase Cyrus Gold results in a body count. (Get scoop via the new Spoiler Alert!)
8 pm Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) | This Christmas special finds Mel’s sister Meredith (played by Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl) home on furlough from prison – and oblivious to Joe’s dislike for her.
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Fall finale: Axl is home but doesn’t want to hang out with the fam, Brick’s running a wrapping paper-related Ponzi scheme and Sue is allergic to the tree. Yep, sounds like another Christmas with the Hecks.
9 pm Mob City (TNT) | Jasmine struggles to keep out of harm’s way; the LAPD puts Bugsy behind bars, but the victory may be short-lived.
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | Fall finale: Blake, her retired police captain dad and her detective brother must put aside their differences to solve a string of murders in Kansas City.
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Fall finale: Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston directed tonight’s Christmas episode, in which Gloria’s visiting mom (returning guest star Elizabeth Peña) has her on edge… until Glo sees Mama having fun with Claire.
10 pm Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (NBC) | The American Idol winner/pop star celebrates the holidays with a comedic, musical take on a traditional Christmas morality tale. Blake Shelton (The Voice), Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones), Ken Jeong (Community) and others appear.
10 pm Nashville (ABC) | Fall finale: Yet another scandal rock’s Juliette’s career; Deacon and Gunnar team up; Scarlett freezes out Zoey. Oh, and by the end, someone is no longer among the living. (Get scoop!)
10 pm CSI (CBS) | Fall finale: A man is found murdered at an elaborate holiday party. (Well, that’s one way of getting out of buying a Secret Santa gift.)
10:30 pm The Exes (TV Land) | Midseason premiere: Holly can’t keep her mouth shut when Eden shares something in confidence.
11 pm Rodeo Girls (A&E) | Sneak preview: This new unscripted series follows women on the professional rodeo circuit as they live, love and lasso. (The series’ regular time-slot premiere is Thursday at 10 pm – check out its bucking awesome poster.)
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