Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, December 14. All times are Eastern.
Newsroom (HBO, 9 p.m.): As the holiday season reaches its fever pitch, the television season quietly deflates like the soufflé that once crushed your culinary dreams (or was that just us?). Tonight keeps the finale ball rolling with the series finale of the Internet’s favorite and/or least favorite series, Aaron Sorkin Presents: The News, Only Better This Time. After the controversial penultimate episode and its ensuing death, the ACN gang takes stock of their lives and jobs to ask themselves the titular question of several Aaron Sorkin finales: “What Kind Of Day Has It Been?” As always, and for one last time, we turn to our Newsroom correspondent Libby Hill for the answer. Libby?
Barbara Walters’ Ten Most Fascinating (ABC, 9 p.m.): The only December tradition that can signal the holiday season quite as strongly as the slow creep of Christmas music on the radio and Starbucks’ red cups is the emergence of Top Ten lists. Barbara Walters has known this from what seems like the dawn of time, and so tonight she keeps the tradition alive with interview subjects such as Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, Taylor Swift, Oprah, and three surprise guests. We would kind of respect her the most if she built up those last three the entire broadcast, and then just brought out the rest of The View.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 8:30 p.m.): The midseason finale of Brooklyn Nine Nine promises a lot of Peralta and Boyle action, but between the return of Kyra Sedgwick as Holt’s sworn nemesis and the introduction of Nick Cannon as his nephew, we have a feeling this episode may belong to the good Captain. LaToya Ferguson will let us know if our hunch is correct, and if there are any sneak references to Wild ‘n Out, as is required of every Nick Cannon appearance (get the memo, America’s Got Talent!).
Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): Bob’s Burgers sends Tina undercover to the Thunder Girls cookie headquarters and Linda into an existential crisis when she dyes her hair blonde. Alasdair Wilkins doesn’t even know who she is anymore.
TV Club Classic
The Simpsons (Classic): Zack Handlen taps in for our rotating coverage of The Simpsons earlier seasons, and we can’t think of a better person to tackle this week’s episode: “The Springfield Files,” starring America’s favorite will-they/won’t-they couple, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
Tomorrow in TV Club
There’s…not much to speak of in terms of bonus content happening tomorrow in T.V. Club (we’re a little tuckered out after all that year’s end worst-of and best-of business). But our friends over in the film section are starting their year-end coverage, so keep your eyes out for The A.V Club’s official word on the 20 Worst Films of 2014. It will be very official.
What else is on
Backstage With Disney On Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years (ABC, 7 p.m.): Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosts this look at the behind-the-scenes action of two solid decades of Disney characters coming to life onstage, which all sounds very heartwarming, but could turn traumatic the moment some charming woodland creature takes off its head to reveal an exhausted actor who last played a body on Law and Order. Shield your children. Save yourselves.
Undercover Boss (CBS, 8 p.m.): The lone premiere on this What’s On Tonight sends an undercover agent into a hardware store, where he is horrified by the “pickup artist antics of one of his employees.” That does sound horrifying, so we’d recommend giving this sixth season premiere a go if all these heartfelt holiday specials are starting to grate.
Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.): The midseason finale follows Frozen’s Anna and Elsa home while—to use a technical term—shit goes down at Rumpelstilskin’s house. We don’t have much else to say about this, except that we didn’t realize we always wanted to say “shit goes down at Rumpelstilskin’s house” until just this very minute.
Getting On (HBO, 10:40 p.m.): The second season finale throws everything and everyone into chaos with a good old fashioned whistleblowing. (Phrasing?) (No, don’t be gross, What’s On Tonight, this is about a hospice.) (Oh. We are ashamed.) (And also talking to ourselves?) (We’re not gonna think about it. Anyway, watch this show, it’s good.)
Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Eagles (NBC, 7 p.m.): For a comment on tonight’s matchup, we turn to What’s On Tonight’s roommate: “Should be good. At least they’re two very passionate fanbases.” Thanks, What’s On Tonight’s roommate!
In Love With Hitler (National Geographic, 10 p.m.): Asking the question, why did we even bother writing up this whole schedule when you could watch In Love With Hitler?
And now, three Christmas movies in order from most important to least important
It’s A Wonderful Life (USA, 8 p.m.): The classic Jimmy Stewart movie is going to be on television pretty much on a loop until New Year’s, but we’ll watch it pretty much every time because we’re sentimental like that. Also, this airing has commercials and clocks in at just a trim three hours (this is not sarcasm).
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (AMC, 8 p.m.): The classic Macaulay Culkin/Joe Pesci/Daniel Stern movie is going to be on television pretty much on a loop until New Year’s, but we’ll watch it pretty much every time because sometimes we just need to see someone get hit in the face with a series of paint cans and/or fire, because we’re sentimental like that.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC Family, 6 p.m.): The far from classic Jim Carrey/Taylor Momsen movie should never be on television ever because it killed a beautiful cartoon with weirdo effects, neon, and this Busta Rhymes ft. Jim Carrey song “Grinch 2000,” which we will now embed to ruin your day:
Because we’re sentimental like that.
In case you missed it
Marco Polo: Netflix spent a whole lot of money on this sweeping historical epic, and Kyle Fowle was…less than impressed. Join him on his journey through regular coverage, won’t you?