What to Watch Sunday: A Dexter Duel, Amazing Race Finale, Portlandia In Springfield and More

Episode 711On 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.

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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.

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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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  1. Jerri says:


  2. mary says:

    DEXTER DEXTER DEXTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. John says:

    Dexter, The Mentalist and Homeland!

  4. yeay Mentalist – missed my fav. show last week

  5. SD says:

    Next week is the season finale of Dexter, or the series finale? Is this the last season?

    • SD says:

      Oh, just googled it.. next season is the last. I’ve been thinking all this season that it was the last one and was getting so sad… I feel like I just got a wonderful Christmas gift!!

  6. Dave says:

    Is family guy new tonight?

  7. Taylor says:

    Tori Spelling can actually sing. Anyone else remember her as Violet on ‘Saved by the Bell’?
    (not saying she can act.)

  8. Mari says:

    Simpsons, Dexter and Homeland.

  9. Brandy says:

    The Mistletones

  10. fiyero says:

    Dexter is supposed to be REALLY good (finally!). And, as usual, waiting since 11 pm last Sunday for more Homeland.

  11. Stormy says:

    GAH!!! I hate what passes for programming during the holidays. So, I guess one of the holiday movies while I wrap presents.

  12. Andy says:

    The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad (Definitely because of SMG, Alison Brie, and Charlie Day), then The Mentalist (It will be nice to see Summer again). Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that OUAT and Revenge are on hiatuses. I won’t be as distracted as usual from working on my finals.

  13. ollie says:

    the amazing race and sunday night football.

  14. Babybop says:

    I didn’t know that it was the Amazing Race finale!! Go Chippendales!

  15. Brigette says:

    DEXTER times a million.

  16. Theresa says:

    Thank heavens I have a DVR. I watch it all. Lol can’t wait for Dexter and Amazing Race.

  17. Bonnie Maynes says:

    The Amazing Race because I want to see who wins and Of course The Mentalist.

  18. Jared says:

    The Mistletones

  19. Denise says:

    Amazing Race. Team Chippies!! I will definitely be sad not being able to see Jaymes grace my TV on a weekly basis.

  20. mia says:

    So glad Summer is back on The Mentalist. I LOVE her character and I love her and Cho. I wish they’d keep her on on a more permanent basis.

  21. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Put a bird on it. Make it pretty. Patton Oswalt must be so excited to be known as Justified’s Patton Oswalt now. :) I think I heard him say on The Nerdist podcast that’s his favorite show to watch.