What to Watch Tonight: Once Upon a Time, The Good Wife, Homeland & More

News & Notes

Download Once Upon a Time Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, CBS has the 19th season finale of The Amazing Race.

Over on cable, A&E has the miniseries premiere of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, ABC Family has TV movie premiere of 12 Dates of Christmas, Hallmark Channel has the TV movie premiere of The Christmas Pageant, HBO has the second season finale of Boardwalk Empire and a special presentation of the series premiere of Luck, HGTV has a White House Christmas 2011 special, TLC has a Little People, Big World special, and VH1 has the third season finale of Tough Love.

Seven fun Christmas gift ideas for the TV lover on your list.

Prime Picks

Once Upon a Time (ABC): New. Somebody starts remembering their fairytale life. Someone dies. In fairytale land, the Queen is looking for someone to kill Snow White. This is the last new episode of the year. Returns January 8th.

The Good Wife (CBS): New. Alicia’s client is found guilty and she works to get the verdict overturned. Alicia sees the consequences of some of her decisions.

Homeland (Showtime): New. Carrie ends up in the hospital after the explosion and is throwing out some interesting theories while in a manic state. Brody goes on a family trip to Gettysburg before the campaign begins. Plays again later. Last week’s episode replays earlier in the evening. Next week is the season finale.

Solid Selections

The Simpsons (FOX): New. It’s 30 years in the future and Bart, Lisa and their families have gone home for Christmas. Runs 30 minutes.

Leverage (TNT): New. A thief steals something from a friend of Parker and she and Sophie track the thief to the local Venezuelan Consulate. Plays again later.

Luck (HBO): Series Premiere. New drama series revolving around horse racing and the trainers, gamblers, owners, jockeys that participate in the sport. Stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Jason Gedrick, Jill Hennessey and Nick Nolte. This is special airing of the “Pilot” episode, as the series doesn’t officially premiere until Sunday, January 29th, 2012.

Other Options

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO): Season Finale. Jimmy is looking to make thing right with Nucky. Margaret has a life changing decision in front of her. Plays again later.
  • Dexter (Showtime): New. Dexter comes up with a way he thinks he can catch the Doomsday Killer. Things get out of control between Debra and LaGuerta. Plays again later. Next week is the season finale.
  • Iron Chef America (Food Network): New. Chef Nick Curtin takes on Iron Chef Marc Forgione. Plays again later.
  • The Next Iron Chef: Super Chef (Food Network): New. The four remaining chefs face a double elimination task. Plays again later.

Sports Notes

  • CBS has NFL action today.
  • FOX has NFL action today.
  • NBC has Sunday Night Football with the New York Giants at the Dallas Cowboys.

TV Marathons

A&E has 11 episodes of Criminal Minds.
Oxygen has nine episodes of Snapped.
Spike TV has 13 episodes of 1000 Ways to Die.
TNT has seven episodes of Law & Order early.
USA Network has 13 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
WE tv has eight episodes of My Fair Wedding With David Tutera.

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3 comments… add one
  • Alec Jacobs Dec 11, 2011, 12:39 pm

    How come your ignoring Hell on Wheels?

  • Jason the TVaholic Dec 12, 2011, 6:41 am

    Alec, I’m not ignoring Hell on Wheels, I just don’t think it is all that good and thus it doesn’t make the Sunday night posts. For the most part, everything in the daily posts found under the “Prime Picks,” “Solid Selections,” “Other Options” and “Late Night” sections are shows that I am either watching or would be watching if I had the time. So, they are the shows that we recommend are worth checking out. On some occasions the “Other Options” section includes shows that are premiering and I give my opinion on them, which may not be good. The “New & Notes,” “Sports Notes” and “TV Marathons” sections are mainly for informational purposes. Yet, since Saturday nights are very light on good TV options, the Hell on Wheels encore usually gets listed. That’s probably more of an explanation than you were looking for, but thanks for the question and reading TVaholic.com.

  • Alec Jacobs Dec 12, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Thnaks for the answer, Jason.
    I was just curious. You may be right about the show. I was hoping that more realistic period dress and scenery would lead to a better than average western drama. Alas, the show is rather predictable, but I am hoping the writers can pick it up a bit.
    It has the potential to be a good drama, so I’ll give it more time since the time slot isn’t really competitive in my mind. At least not the way the networks have been scheduling lately. Anyway, thank goodness for DVRs…
    Best regards and Happy Holidays !

    Alec Jacobs

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