On 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.
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.
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.)
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