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December 2013 TV premieres, finales, movies and specials


November 26, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

"Downton Abbey" won't be back until Jan. 5, but PBS is teasing us in December with "Return to Downton Abbey," a special about the first three seasons airing Dec. 1.

A few new series and miniseries will premiere this December among all the holiday programming, including "Mob City" on TNT, "Bonnie & Clyde" on A&E, Lifetime and History, "Kirstie" on TV Land and "Killer Contact" on Syfy. "Treme" returns to HBO, and "Pysch: The Musical" airs on USA.

This schedule of premieres, finales, movies and specials includes many holiday programs, but you can find an even more comprehensive holiday schedule here.

Sunday, Dec. 1
2 | "Mike the Knight and the Christmas Castle," Nick Jr. (holiday special)
6 | "Silver Bells," UP (holiday movie; man loses site of Christmas)
7 | "Soul Train Awards 2013," BET and Centric (special)
7 | "The Christmas Spirit," Hallmark (holiday movie; spirits meet during holiday)
7 | "Return to Downton Abbey," PBS (special)
8 | "The Walking Dead," AMC (midseason finale)
8 | "Treme," HBO (season premiere)
8 | "Christmas in Conway," ABC Family (holiday movie; man wants to give perfect holiday gift to wife)
8 | "Holiday Road Trip," ION (holiday movie; Maya falls for one guy while ex pursues her)
8 | "Buying and Selling," HGTV (season 2 premiere)
9 | "Game of Lions," Nat Geo WILD (Big Cat Week premiere; 1 in 8 male lions survive to reach maturity)
9 | "Talking Dead," AMC (midseason finale)
10 | "Comic Book Men," AMC (midseason finale)
11 | "Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!" Comedy Central (series premiere and 2nd ep; Stand-up comic Brody Stevens tries to put life back together after nervous breakdown via Twitter.)

Monday, Dec. 2
5 a.m. | "Gilad's Bodies in Motion: 30th Anniversary," Discovery Fit & Health (series premiere)
7 p.m. | "Por Siempre Mi Amor," Univision (series premiere; tragedy and deceit lead to everlasting love)
8 | "CMA Country Christmas," ABC (holiday special)
8 | "The Battle of AMFAR," HBO (doc premiere)
9 | "Full Throttle Saloon," truTV (season 5 premiere)
9 | "Best Funeral Ever," TLC (series premiere; unique funerals)
9 | "Street Outlaws," Discovery (season 2 premiere)

Tuesday. Dec. 3
6 | "Total Drama All-Stars," Cartoon Network (season finale)
7 | "Mob Cities: Four Gangster Classics," TCM ("White Heat"-1949; "The Roaring Twenties"-1939; "The Big Heat"-1953, "Key Largo"-1948)
8 | "Betty White Goes Wild!" Nat Geo WILD (Big Cat Week premiere; White loves big cats)
9 | "A Very Shelby Christmas," History (holiday special; Shelby delivers homegrown gifts from the swamp)
9 | "Life Below Zero," Nat Geo (season 1 finale)

Wednesday, Dec. 4
8 | "Mob City," TNT (miniseries premiere)
8 | "Revealing: Face Value," Sundance (special)
8 | "Sturgis Raw," Travel (series premiere; prep for 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally)
8 | "Half-Ton Killer: Transformed," TLC (docu special)
9 | "Kirstie," TV Land (series premiere)
9 | "Best Ink," Oxygen (season 3 premiere)
9 | "Killer Contact," Syfy (series premiere; ghost hunters look for answers to notorious murder mysteries)
9 | "ID Films: Terror on a Train," Investigation Discovery (doc premiere; 20th anniversary of the Long Island Railroad Massacre)

Thursday, Dec. 5
6 | "Bubble Guppies: The Puppy and the Ring," Nickelodeon (special)
7 | "Comedy Warriors," Showtime (special; vets work with comedy writers and comedians)
8 | "The Sound of Music Live," NBC (special)
8 | "The Millionaire Matchmaker," Bravo (season premiere)
8 | "Gypsy Sisters," TLC (season premiere)
8:30 | "Celtic Women: Home for Christmas," PBS (holiday special)
8:30 | "Inside the NFR," Great American Country (miniseries premiere; rodeo preshow)
9 | "Wrangler National Finals Rodeo," Great American Country (miniseries premiere; professional rodeo live)
9 | "Come Dine with Me," Lifetime (series premiere; amateur cooks compete)
9 | "Party On," E! (series premiere; Host Jacqueline M. Wood goes to world's most glamorous destinations.)
9 | "Mob Wives: New Blood," VH1 (season 4 premiere)
9:30 | "Panic Button," truTV (series premiere; contestants in haunted house)

Friday, Dec. 6
8 | "Time of Death," Showtime (season finale)
9 | "Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night," CBS (special)
9 | "Courtney Loves Dallas," Bravo (series premiere; Courtney Kerr of "Most Eligible Dallas" navigates Dallas social, work scene.)
9:30 | "Big Mama's Kitchen," Food (series premiere; Big Mama's Kitchen in Omaha, Nebr.)
11 | "Chris D'Elia: White Male. Black Comic." Comedy Central (stand-up premiere)

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