On TV this Sunday: It’s the end of another Amazing Race, the ladies in Dexter‘s life face off, a Portlandia pair put a bird on The Simpsons and Oprah’s Next Chapter gets Scandal-ous. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | In the two-hour finale, the final four teams make their way from France to New York City, where they’ll encounter a Houdini-inspired Roadblock, the finish line and a $1 million prize.
8 pm The Mistle-Tones (ABC Family) | TV-movie: When no-talent Marci (Beverly Hills 90210‘s Tori Spelling) steals an opening in a legendary local singing group, Holly (The Game‘s Tia Mowry) sets out to create her own chorus, all culminating in a Christmas Eve sing-off.
8 pm Miracle on 34th Street (AMC) | In the 1947 Christmas classic, Kris Kringle (with help from Fred Gailey and the U.S. Postal Service) proves he’s not “just a nice man with a white beard, like mother says.”
8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Homer’s enamored of his hip new neighbors, guest-voiced by Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. But Marge doesn’t approve of their trendy parenting methods, and Bart thinks their son (voiced by Justified‘s Patton Oswalt) is super-pretentious.
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers (Fox) | Gene’s girlfriend Courtney (voiced by Childrens Hospital‘s David Wain) is annoying, but the Belcher boy hesitates to break up with her because her jingle-writing dad might be able to launch his music career.
9 pm Christmas With Holly (ABC) | In this TV-movie, a jilted bride-to-be (Eloise Mumford, The River) aims to open a toy store in the town where she spent summers as a girl. There, she helps a mute moppet come to terms with her mother’s death — while bonding with the lass’ guardian (Reunion‘s Sean Faris). (Hey, at least there’s no chance you’ll have to hear Tori Spelling sing.)
9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Deb and Hannah’s battle over Dex reaches an explosive, potentially fatal climax, while LaGuerta’s hunt for the real Bay Harbor Butcher takes a shocking twist. Next week: season finale!
9:30 American Dad! (Fox) | Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Sarah Michelle Gellar, Community‘s Alison Brie and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Charlie Day and lend their voices to an episode that finds Hayley babysitting Steve, who sneaks out to party with the cool kids.
10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | In this season’s penultimate episode, Carrie continues her hunt for Nazir.
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | As Cho’s work with the rapid response team brings him back into contact with Summer (Samaire Armstrong, The O.C.), the CBI team has “high times” investigating the death of a botanist involved in the world of medical marijuana. Monique Gabriela Curnen (Lie to Me) returns as Agent Wade.
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