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Santa goes on a little trip in The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special

Photo: Adult Swim
Photo: Adult Swim

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, December 10. All times are Eastern. Ba-bawk bawk bawk, ba-bawk bawk bawk, ba-bawk bawk bawka bawka bawk bawk bawk.


Top pick

Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition (Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.): Huzzah, Robot Chicken is returning for its ninth season premiere, in a spectacular holiday spectacular. Santa accidentally eats a pot cookie that sends him off on a trip, kicking off with “Buckle up, fat boy.” Along the way, he meets a rapping and dabbing Jesus, a jamming Krampus, birth-control-pushing elves, and a familiar nerd kid and many other Robot Chicken regulars, with voice talent from Jason Alexander, Jemaine Clement, Madison Dylan, and Breckin Meyer, among others. The highlight may be Santa’s weird/creepy lounge song that may be called “I Am Watching You”: “You are not bound by human laws / When your name is Santa Claus.” Happy trippy holidays, everyone!


Regular coverage

Fox and AMC are saying that tonight is a “fall finale” for some of the below, but we are refusing to acknowledge that as a thing. Just assume they’ll all be back in 2018.


The Crown (Netflix): Heads up, anglophiles!
She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix) 
The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Outlander (Starz, 8 p.m.): Actual third-season finale
Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 8:30 p.m.): Special time; hour-long episode
The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.): 90-minute episode
Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.)
Search Party (TBS, 10 p.m.)

Wild card 


Final Vision (Investigation Discovery, 8 p.m.): For some reason, we are obsessed with the Jeffrey MacDonald case, in which a Green Beret doctor was accused of murdering his wife and two young children in 1970. The year after the Manson-family Tate-LaBianca murders, MacDonald blamed it on a bunch of hippies who were in his house chanting “Acid is groovy. Kill the pigs,” but was accused of the heinous crime himself. MacDonald hired writer Joe McGinniss to tell his story. But during the course of researching, the writer became convinced of MacDonald’s guilt, and the resulting 1983 book, Fatal Vision, supported that theory. In his 2012 followup volume, Final Vision: The Last Word On Jeffrey MacDonald, McGinniss attempts to refute the still-imprisoned MacDonald’s many protestations of innocence. See how fascinating this all is? A previous TV movie about the case, 1984’s Fatal Vision, featured Gary Cole as MacDonald and focused on his father-in-law’s efforts to see him brought to justice. This new movie explores the battle between the writer and the accused killer themselves. As you’ll see in the video above, even the actors portraying the two leads—Scandal’s Scott Foley as MacDonald and Dave Annable as McGinniss—can’t agree on whether MacDonald is guilty or not, but the movie should make for fascinating viewing nonetheless.

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