Feed Your DVR: 12/7/14 to 12/13/14
Sunday, December 7th – If you’re in the mood for a Biblical-based story that isn’t focused on what happened in a manger, then tune in tonight for the first part of The Red Tent. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, the two-part mini-series imagines the story of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob, using her tale as a way to delve more deeply into the lives of women in the Bible. Starring Minnie Driver (About a Boy) Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), and Morena Baccarin (Homeland), this “handsome melodrama” has a decidedly feminist bent. (Lifetime, 9pm; Part 2 airs Monday, 12/8 at 9pm)
Monday, December 8th – After a mini-marathon of holiday themed episodes last Monday, Mike & Molly returns for its fifth season. In “The Book of Molly,” Molly returns home from a prestigious writer’s workshop in Iowa with a big-deal book contract and an advance to match. How will this play into Mike’s fears of his wife’s possible fame? (CBS, 8:30pm)
Tuesday, December 9th – Kurt Sutter’s Shakespearean-tragedy-in-a-motorcycle-club wraps up its seven season run with its series finale. Will your favorite characters make it out alive, or will they join the ranks of the dead like so many others have in recent weeks? Either way, it promises to be an explosive and emotional conclusion to the show that helped establish FX as a place for serious drama. (FX, 10pm)
Wednesday, December 10th – After a lackluster second season, Nashville‘s third season was rejuvenated by an increased focus on the key relationships within the show and jettisoning much of the dead weight of the political subplots. Last week, Rayna realized that she hadn’t escaped her love triangle with Deacon and Luke as thoroughly as she thought she had. In tonight’s midseason finale, as the pressures of touring continue to mount, Rayna has to consider the damage her exploding career – and her upcoming marriage to Luke – is having on her family. (ABC, 10pm)
Thursday, December 11th – Bones joins the relatively short list of hour-long primetime shows to hit the 200-episode mark tonight with its midseason finale. Thus far, the tenth season has lacked cohesion without an overarching theme or foe for the team at the Jeffersonian, but we’re curious to see how this episode’s alternate-reality jaunt back to the 1950s goes – especially in consideration of the last attempt at a fictionalized setting, season four’s polarizing finale set in Booth’s coma dream. (FOX, 8pm)
Friday, December 12th – If you missed the first two episodes of TNT’s new series The Librarians on Sunday, the CW is re-airing them tonight, starting at 8pm. Based on the TV movies of the same name starring Noah Wyle, the series follows a new generation of librarians as they aspire to follow in Flynn Carsen’s (Wyle) footsteps. The series also stars Rebecca Romijn, who has a under-appreciated gift for comedy.
Saturday, December 13th – Saturday Night Live seeks to close out 2014 on a high note with a series of high-profile hosts and musical acts. Tonight marks the first time Martin Freeman, star of Sherlock and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, headlines the show. He’ll host alongside fellow newbie Charli XCX (in anticipation of her second album, Sucker, debuting Dec. 16th). SNL can run hot and cold, but we’ll be tuning in to see how these two handle their debut. (NBC, 11:30pm)
Streaming Pick of the Week – As most fall series settle down into hibernation for the winter break, streaming sites step up to pick up the slack. On December 12th, Netflix releases the 10-episode Marco Polo. Following the exploits of the 13th-century explorer, the show’s first season reportedly cost Netflix $90 million. An international production with filming locations spanning continents and a diverse cast lacking any big names, Marco Polo could either be a creative epic like Game of Thrones or an unmitigated disaster of essentialism and stereotypes. Either way, curiosity suggests that you watch and see for yourself. Watch the trailer below.
Selected Holiday Specials: I Love Lucy Christmas Special (12/7, CBS, 8pm); Elf (12/7, ABC Family, 8:30pm); Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (12/9 & 12/13, CBS, 8pm); Santa Claus is Coming to Town (12/9, ABC, 8pm); The Great Christmas Light Fight (12/8, ABC, 8pm); Pretty Little Liars Holiday Special (8pm, ABC Family, 8pm); Chasing Life Holiday Special (12/9, ABC Family, 9pm); Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (12/9, CBS, 10pm); Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (12/9, ABC Family, 10pm); National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (12/10, ABC Family, 9pm); Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas (12/11, NBC, 10pm); Scrooged (12/11, ABC Family, 9pm); Four Christmases (12/12, TBS, 9:30pm); The Santa Clause (12/12, ABC Family, 7:30pm); White Christmas (12/12, AMC, 7 & 9:45pm); This Christmas (12/12, BET, 8pm); Miracle on 34th Street (1994) (12/12, ABC Family, 9:30pm); Frosty the Snowman (12/13, CBS, 9pm); Frosty Returns (12/13, CBS, 9:30pm); Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (12/13, AMC, 7 &9:15pm); generally everything on Lifetime, the Hallmark Channel, or the Hallmark Home Channel
Also Premiering This Week: The Librarians (12/7, TNT, 8pm); Wake Up Call (12/12, TNT, 9pm); Broadchurch season one (12/12, Netflix, 8 episodes)
Upcoming Finales: Revenge midseason (12/7, ABC, 10pm); Originals midseason (12/8, CW, 8pm); Castle midseason (12/8, ABC, 10pm); The Flash midseason (12/9, CW, 8pm); Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. midseason (12/9, ABC, 9pm); Supernatural midseason (12/9, CW, 9pm); Arrow midseason (12/10, CW, 8pm); Chicago P.D. midseason (12/10, NBC, 10pm); The Vampire Diaries midseason (12/11, CW, 10pm); Gracepoint (12/11, FOX, 9pm); Grimm midseason (12/12, NBC, 9pm)