What to Watch Friday: Lucy Loves Christmas, a Nikita Confession, Bang! Bang! Finale and More

i-love-lucy-in-colorOn TV this Friday: I Love Lucy has a colorful Christmas, Five-0, The Carrie Diaries and Blue Bloods break for the holidays and Hugh Jackman hosts Christmas in Washington. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Carrie Diaries (The CW) | Fall finale: Carrie is delighted to interview the CEO of Bongo Jeans… until she learns this is her last chance to land a piece in Interview.

8 pm I Love Lucy (CBS) | Special presentation: For the first time ever, two classic installments — the seldom-seem “Christmas Episode” and “Lucy’s Italian Movie” — will air in color.

8 pm Christmas in Washington (TNT) | Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) hosts the annual spectacular, which this time around includes performances by the Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick and others. And unlike last year’s Les Misérables, the camera will stay a good distance away from Jackman’s nostrils.

8 pm It’s a Wonderful Life (NBC) | Celebrate the season with this Christmas classic, in which a suicidal man’s spirits are lifted by his guardian angel.

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hawaii-five-0-fall-finale9 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | Fall finale: Chin is in danger when a murder investigation reveals that the person behind the crime may be a serial killer.

9 pm Nikita (The CW) | Ryan confesses a secret that could unravel everything; Michael tries to get Nikita to accept their new circumstances.

9 pm The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun Hyde Park 2013 (Showtime) | The band returns to Hyde Park, London — almost 44 years to the day after their legendary free concert in July 1969.

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10 pm Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) | Season finale: Zach Galifianakis (the Hangover films) joins Scott on the couch for a very special holiday moment. (Yep, renewed: Two 10-episode installments will air in 2014.)

10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Fall finale: Danny’s loyalty is tested when he is assigned to the case of a childhood friend (Ed’s Tom Cavanagh) who is under investigation for having ties to a mob family. Rebecca Budig (All My Children) also guest-stars.

10:30 pm The Birthday Boys (IFC) | Season finale: Glanard Frugner, the worst animator of all time, introduces some of his creations. (Not yet renewed.)

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



Comments (27)

  • Reblogged this on Smile for better( new day, new life…. new beginning).

    Comment by smiley4better – December 20, 2013 04:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CBS night for me. Watching I Love Lucy, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods.

    Comment by Elizabeth – December 20, 2013 04:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hawaii 5-0

    Comment by SK – December 20, 2013 04:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita
    Hawaii Five-0
    Blue Bloods

    Comment by Steve – December 20, 2013 04:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita, Hawaii 5-0 and Blue Bloods

    Comment by Justin – December 20, 2013 04:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing today… Will catch up with those Raising Hope episodes sitting on my DVR

    Comment by Kyle – December 20, 2013 05:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I laughed out loud reading this captions “It’s a Wonderful Life (NBC) | Celebrate the season with this Christmas classic, in which a suicidal man’s spirits are lifted by his guardian angel.”

    Comment by Ann – December 20, 2013 05:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” for me. Finally. Glad it didn’t get bumped again by the umpteenth airing of the non-classic “Sound of Music Live.”

    And will DVR the classic “I Love Lucy” eps — even though not a fan of colorization!

    Comment by GuessWhat – December 20, 2013 06:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Carrie Diaries

    Comment by Prue – December 20, 2013 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hawaii Five-O.

    Comment by Joey – December 20, 2013 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Carie Diaries

    Comment by Brandy – December 20, 2013 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hawaii Five-O for me tonight.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – December 20, 2013 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You always know it’s a Hawaii mid-season finale when Chin’s in the crosshairs.

    Comment by Spinning Maze – December 20, 2013 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing for me tonight! I will be binge-watching Veronica Mars on DVR instead (from Soapnet reruns – really the only good thing about the channel leaving television in a week).

    Comment by webly3 – December 20, 2013 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lucy – this is what I call true comedy; nothing like it today (just wish they hadn’t colorized it).

    Comment by Barb – December 20, 2013 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Indeed. Timeless comedy. Can’t say that about most if any of the comedies today.
      And the colorization is actually done pretty well for the episodes.

      Comment by dryedmangoez – December 20, 2013 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Carrie Diaires
    Nikita!

    Comment by Jared – December 20, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too… I approve of your awesome TV Taste ;)

      Comment by @PortmanReview – December 21, 2013 02:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone who watches Nikita, should have seen the original Le Femme Nikita, that was a show, this is a poor imitation of it.

    Comment by Gerry – December 20, 2013 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Birch fire, hi-test egg nog and It’s A Wonderful Life. Perfect.

    Comment by Stormy – December 20, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Soapnet was doomed when the soaps went away.

    Comment by JG – December 20, 2013 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Lucy ( not a fan either of it being in color) nikita

    Comment by ollie – December 20, 2013 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And I take the phobe stance on it’s a wonderful life . I hate that movie but my mom and husband love it.

      Comment by ollie – December 20, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So no Nikita on the West Coast?! Have to wait ’till tomorrow night apparently, because of the Hollywood Christmas Parade :(

    Comment by angelblue1772 – December 20, 2013 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • just comedy bang bang for me funny show

    Comment by jake – December 20, 2013 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • love i love lucy no comedy can compare to her. i prefer the black and white also. then fiveo and bluebloods

    Comment by barbara – December 21, 2013 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CBS is rebroadcasting this Friday, Dec. 20th airing of the I Love Lucy Christmas special on Wednesday, Christmas evening, Dec 25th at 8pm. For those who may have missed the Friday airing, here’s a second chance to see the colorized version.

      For those with tablets/iPads and who like ‘second-screen’ viewing of television shows, the original 1956 black & white version of this episode is on YouTube. It is the 1989 CBS rebroadcast version of the episode, shown at that time in its original black & white before being colorized for the 1990 broadcast during the holidays.

      This YouTube version shows just the first full scene, but may be fun to watch in parallel with the colorized version on CBS on Wednesday/tomorrow to compare/contrast the two versions.

      To find this YouTube Lucy Christmas episode, once you reach the YouTube site, search for -

      I Love Lucy Christmas Special Black & White version

      Enjoy and happy holidays!

      Comment by Television Scout – December 24, 2013 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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