This week: It’s going to become less busy in front of the couch next week with Dexter and Homeland wrapping up their seasons on Sunday. It’s also winter finale time with Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, New Girl and more taking a break until the New Year.
What will you be watching?
Monday December 10th
How I Met Your Mother (8pm): Barney’s developing relationship with Patrice leaves Robin questioning his motives, while Marshall’s widowed mother gets back into the dating pool, but he thinks she may be swimming with a shark.
American Country Awards (8pm): Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth host the third annual fan-voted event in Las Vegas. Performers include Jason Aldean; Lady Antebellum; Dierks Bentley; Luke Bryan; Little Big Town; Rascal Flatts; Kip Moore; and Jake Owen.
Gossip Girl (9pm): Blair’s encounter with Bart leaves her worried about Chuck, so she sets out to help him and recruits some assistance. Meanwhile, Chuck enters into a potentially life-altering agreement; and Nate’s financial woes put him in unfamiliar territory.
Hawaii Five-0 (10pm): A camping trip turns deadly when an armed man takes McGarrett and a girl hostage. Meanwhile, Adam introduces Kono to his dangerous brother who was recently released from prison.
Michael Buble: Home For The Holidays (10pm): Michael Bublé presides over a holiday songfest featuring guests Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Tuesday December 11th
NCIS (8pm): Gibbs teams up with FBI agent T.C. Fornell on a joint investigation when Fornell becomes the target of a shooting. The case gets more complicated when their mutual ex-wife, Diane, becomes involved. Meanwhile, rumors run rampant when Diane stays overnight at McGee’s place.
Hart of Dixie (8pm): Zoe grows apprehensive about her mom visiting her for Christmas, so she throws herself into her work and unintentionally risks ruining the holidays for others. Meanwhile, Lavon tries to create a memorable week for Ruby; and George has trouble finding a gift for Tansy.
Raising Hope (8pm): Virginia becomes an extreme couponer to stock up on supplies when she believes an apocalyptic prophecy from an ancient calendar, and encourages the family to get ready for the end of the world. Meanwhile, Jimmy wants to give Hope a memorable Christmas; and Maw Maw works on her bucketlist.
New Girl (9pm): While attending multiple holiday parties in one night, Jess tries to avoid Sam, Nick tries to keep up with his adventurous date and Winston gets a cranberry stuck in his ear.
Happy Endings (9pm): Jane and Alex’s parents throw a big celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the family mattress business, and Jane agonizes over coming up with an amusing toast to spring on her humorless dad. Meanwhile, Alex tells Dave that her parents are unaware that they are once again bedfellows; Max goes searching for a new best friend since Penny is tied up in her new relationship with Pete.
The Mindy Project (9:30pm): Mindy throws a Christmas party at her apartment for her colleagues, who finally get to meet Josh, but no one is more surprised than Mindy when she learns her new boyfriend’s secret. Meanwhile, Jeremy doesn’t find much cheer in giving out holiday bonuses.
Don’t Trust The B In Apt 23 (9:30pm): James makes his debut on “Dancing With the Stars” in Los Angeles. Back in New York, Chloe runs a scam in James’ empty penthouse.
Parenthood (10pm): Adam and Kristina have a health scare; Crosby and Jasmine celebrate their first Christmas together; Sarah feels torn between Mark and Hank; Amber and Ryan encounter obstacles; and Zeek tries to redeem a childhood hero.
Vegas (10pm): Katherine takes a special interest in the investigation into the rape and murder of a showgirl at the Stargazer Casino, while back at the Savoy, Savino lands an influential high roller and hopes his notoriety will convince other high-stakes gamblers to come out and play.
Private Practice (10pm): A new woman brings Sheldon joy, but the case of a girl missing from the hospital continues to weigh on him, and he begins to think that one of his patients is connected to the disappearance.
Wednesday December 12th
Arrow (8pm): Oliver throws a family Christmas party in an attempt to restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Laurel to spend the holiday with him, but she feels she needs to be with her father since Christmas was her late sister’s birthday.
Modern Family (9pm): Claire and Cameron try house flipping after they renovate an overgrown baseball field for Manny and Luke’s playoff game, but Phil and Mitchell aren’t buying their pitch. Meanwhile, Gloria uses a microphone to sing to her unborn baby.
Criminal Minds (9pm): A serial killer whose crimes closely match those of a murderer from 30 years ago is pursued. Meanwhile, the team learns that someone is tracking their cases and replicating crimes the unit is solving.
Barbara Walters Presents: The Most Fascinating People of 2012 (9:30pm): Barbara Walters’ 20th annual collection of “most fascinating people.” This year’s list includes Seth MacFarlane; Chris Christie; Gabby Douglas; E.L. James; Hillary Clinton; Ben Affleck; and One Direction. Who will be #1?
CSI (10pm): Five people are killed in a small plane crash a mile off the Vegas Strip. Meanwhile, Sara begins to feel the strain of having a long-distance relationship with Grissom when one of her former lovers becomes involved in the investigation.
Chicago Fire (10pm): Jose Vargas is injured in a fire and forced to go on disability leave; Chief Boden counsels a suspected teenage arsonist; Severide gets a tempting invitation from a woman he once rescued from a car crash; Cruz tries to save his younger brother from gang involvement.
American Horror Story: Asylum (10pm): Lana uncovers evidence that can exonerate Kit.
Thursday December 13th
The Vampire Diaries (8pm): A winter-theme party is held in Mystic Falls, but amidst the celebration chaos brews when Stefan and Caroline disagree with Tyler over his plans for Klaus and the hybrids. Meanwhile, Klaus makes a discovery that leads to violence; and Elena and Damon go to the Gilbert lake house to help Jeremy conquer some inner demons.
The Big Bang Theory (8pm): Sheldon revisits some Christmas memories during a game of Dungeons and Dragons, while Penny, Bernadette and Amy try to find a girl for Koothrappali when he joins the girls for ladies’ night.
Glee (9pm): Sam and Brittany try to live their lives to the fullest before the Mayan apocalypse; Jake and Puck spend Hanukkah together; Artie has a life-changing dream; and Kurt has a special Christmas. The episode is a tribute to the 2003 film “Love Actually.”
Beauty and the Beast (9pm): Cat must search for a date for the wedding of her dad (Rob Stewart). Meanwhile, Tess and Joe share a romantic moment.
Grey’s Anatomy (9pm): Bailey gets nervous as she prepares for her wedding, so Richard helps calm her down. Meanwhile, Lizzie clashes with Meredith; and Callie and Jackson attempt to persuade Derek to undergo a high-risk surgery to repair his hand.
Person Of Interest (9pm): Reese’s latest case becomes personal after he realizes that he’s going after the sister of a soldier who was killed in action. Meanwhile, the FBI closes in on Reese.
Friday December 14th
Fringe (9pm): The Fringe division assists in the investigation of a kidnapping-turned-hostage crisis in New York and discovers a possible connection between the current situation and Massive Dynamic.
Saturday December 15th
Saturday Night Live (11:30pm): Martin Short hosts. Musical guest: Paul McCartney.
Sunday December 16th
The Simpsons (8pm): A distracted Homer allows Santa’s Little Helper to get loose, and the family are furious with his unconcerned attitude, until Grandpa shines some light on things by telling them the story of Homer’s childhood pup, Bongo.
Dexter (9pm): SEASON FINALE! In the Season 7 finale, LaGuerta is on the verge of exposing Dexter and his killer ways, while he does his best to cover for himself and Debra, and maintain the life he’s created.
Family Guy (9pm): Peter spins his own tale of Nativity.
Homeland (10pm): SEASON FINALE! In the Season 2 finale, Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Faber to contemplate the future of the family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment; and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer.