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TV This Week: 'Sons of Anarchy' season finale; 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'; Grimm' celebrates Christmas

December 8, 2013

YellowBrix

Dec. 08--From holiday specials to the sure-to-be-intense Season 6 finale of "Sons of Anarchy" to Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists fame) appearing in a performance of music from the Coen brothers movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," this week in television is more eclectic than you'd expect for December. Here are some of the notable programs:

SUNDAY

"The Amazing Race": The remaining teams make their way through Tokyo, then Juneau, Alaska, where the winner will be announced. (8 p.m. CBS/6)

"Bonnie & Clyde": Just because this is the first time Lifetime, A&E and the History channel have simulcast an original made-for-TV miniseries doesn't mean it's an event. This new take on the legendary outlaw lovers falls short in just about every respect. (9 p.m. Lifetime, A&E, History)

(Here's a link to my review of "Bonnie & Clyde")

"Revenge": Just because it's Emily and Daniel's wedding day doesn't mean there will be much celebrating going on. Not with all the scheming, double-crossing, manipulation and evil intent swirling around this bunch. (9 p.m. ABC/2)

"Betrayal": The romantic drama returns from a brief break with more complications for lovers Jack and Sara -- murder investigations will do that. (10 p.m. ABC/2)

MONDAY

"The Voice": The semifinal rounds begin. (8 p.m. NBC/8)

"The Sing-off": The a cappella singing competition show returns, for a brief holiday-season run. (9 p.m. NBC/8)

"Six by Sondheim": James Lapine directs, and co-produced (with Frank Rich) this look at the life and career of the great songwriter Stephen Sondheim. Through the device of performances of six of his most famous songs, and Sondheim's own words, the documentary explores his creative vision. The film also incorporates vintage footage and interviews. The songs featured: "Something's Coming," from "West Side Story"; "Opening Doors," from "Merrily We Roll Along"; "Send in the Clowns," from "A Little Night Music"; "I'm Still Here" from "Follies": "Being Alive" from "Company": and "Sunday" from "Sunday in the Park with George." (9 p.m. HBO)

TUESDAY

"Victoria's Secret Fashion Show": Sure to inspire deep thoughts and intellectual discussion -- oh, wait, I was looking at another listing. This is the annual excuse to ogle shapely supermodels (Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio) walk the runway in scanty undies. Taylor Swift -- who hasn't performed in a TV special in, oh, I don't know, what, two days? -- and Fall Out Boy are also on hand. (10 p.m. CBS/6)

"Sons of Anarchy": The Season 6 finale, which is likely to be even more upsetting than usual. Last week, we saw Tara take off with the kids, and Jax isn't inclined to be happy about losing custody of his sons. (10 p.m. FX)

WEDNESDAY

"Mob City": Bugsy Siegel has big plans to take over Los Angeles, and he has some pretty unfriendly ways to showing it. (9 p.m. TNT)

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation": Annual broadcast of the movie that makes your own family's holiday hassles look like a day at the spa. (9 p.m. ABC Family)

THURSDAY

"Love Actually": If your holiday season isn't complete with another viewing of the star-studded comedy/drama (Emma Thompson's Joni Mitchell scene always chokes me up), here's your chance. Oh, and since it's airing on AMC, no doubt viewers will be reminded that the cast also includes "Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln, speaking in his usual English-accented voice (he's also quite touching). (8 p.m. AMC)

"Project Runway All Stars": The remaining designers visit QVC headquarters (gee, how glamorous!) and are challenged to create a red carpet gown (uh, oh.) (9 p.m. Lifetime)

FRIDAY

"Grimm": It's two new episodes airing back-to-back. The first, "Cold Blooded," involves an old urban legend; the second, "Twelve Days of Krampus," is the Christmas episode. So if you saw the crew setting up holiday locations around Portland a while back, this is the episode where they turn up. It involves a Wesen who goes too far in determining whether kids are naughty or nice. (9 p.m. NBC/8)

"Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'": The Coen brothers' new movie about the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the '60s" is the inspiration for this concert, which features music from the film and tunes of the era. Performers include Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch and Colin Meloy of the Portland-based band, the Decemberists. (10 p.m. Showtime)

SATURDAY

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer": Here's your second chance of the season to watch the utterly charming animated classic. (8 p.m. CBS/6)

"It's a Wonderful Life": Another holiday perennial, in which Jimmy Stewart learns what Bedford Falls would have been like if he'd never been born, courtesy of his guardian angel. (8 p.m. NBC/8)

-- Kristi Turnquist

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