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TV picks for Dec. 9 to Dec. 15: 'Psych' musical, 'CH:OS:EN,' 'Lilyhammer'


December 06, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

TV networks keep rolling out their holiday specials, films and episodes this week, so it's up to digital platforms to present non-holiday fare. Season 2 of "CH:OS:EN" and two season of "Aim High" debut on Crackle, while Netflix presents Season 2 of "Lilyhammer."

The highlight of the traditional TV schedule has to be the long-awaited "Psych: The Musical" on USA Network. Here are several picks for Dec. 9 through Dec. 15.

Find a larger holiday TV list here, and the December premiere list here.

Monday, Dec. 9

The Great Christmas Light Fight
8 p.m. Monday, ABC
Remeber the 2006 movie "Deck the Halls" in which neighbors played by Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick battle to see who can create the best holiday yard display? This new reality series follows their lead, with 20 families decorating their homes for dollars.

The Sing-Off
8 p.m. Monday, NBC
Nick Lachey returns as host for Season 4 of the a cappella group competition featuring judges Jewel, Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman.

Six by Sondheim
8 p.m. Monday, HBO
Audra McDonald and others perform songs from composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Aim High
Sometime Monday at
The award-winning web series debuts its second season on Crackle, where newbies also can catch up on the first season. In the new season, high school slacker and secret government operative Nick Green (Jackson Rathbone) gets a new partner, Amanda Myles (Aimee Teagarden). Watch the Season 2 promo below.

Monday premieres
8 p.m. "Dolly & Kenny," Great American Country
10 p.m. "Entertainment Tonight Presents Britney Blowout," TVGN
Monday finale
8 p.m. "Bonnie & Clyde," A&E, Lifetime, History

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Boston's Finest
8 p.m. Tuesday, TNT
Gang tension results in back-to-back retaliation shootings in a single night.

The Trophy Wife
8:30 Tuesday, ABC
Pete, Kate, Diane and Jackie wake up Christmas morning hung over and with just a little time to save Christmas for the kids.

Chicago Fire
9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC
Casey risks his life to save a baby in tonight's midseason finale.

Sons of Anarchy
9 p.m. Tuesday, FX
A friend recently suggested a get caught up with this deadly season. I did and wow. In the season finale, SAMCRO president Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), his family and club face the fallout from all he's done.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
9 p.m. Tuesday, CBS
Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World and Neon Jungle perform while the models show off expensive bras. See the gallery above.

Amish Mafia: A Very Amish Christmas
9 p.m. Tuesday, Discovery
For the last time, the Amish don't believe in Santa Claus, so "ho, ho, ho" somewhere else—ifyou value your life.

Tuesday premieres
5 p.m. "MC 100," Music Choice
7 p.m. "American Country Awards," Fox; "Tequila Sisters," TVG; "Moonshiners Christmas," Discovery
8 p.m. "Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," PBS
10 p.m. "Downeast," Link TV

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Modern Family
8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC
It's ho, ho, ho Heisenberg as "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston directs this holiday episode in which Jay takes Manny to cut down a Christmas tree and Cameron takes Lily to a charity event where they experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
9 p.m. Wednesday, NBC
Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and others help Clarkson learn lessons about the meaning of Christmas.

9 p.m. Wednesday, ABC
Juliette is labeled a homewrecker and, more shark-jumpingly interesting, someone dies in the midseason cliffhanger.

Rodeo Girls
10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E
Even cowgirls get the blues, as you'll learn by watching this docseries following five female barrel racers who test their skills and relationships at rodeos across the country.

Wednesday premieres
8 a.m. "20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominee Announcement," TNT
9:30 p.m. "The Exes," TV Land
10 p.m. "Animals on the Brink: Earth Focus Special," Link TV

Thursday, Dec. 12


Sometime Thursday at
In Season 2 of the action series, struggling bartender Jacob Orr (Chad Michael Murray) finds "the box" in his car when he leaves a party thrown by his wealthy friend Max Banyan (Brandon Routh). After being shot at by another "hunter," Jacob quickly learns the rules of the deadly game that has forced Ian (Milo Ventimiglia) and Laura Mitchell (Nicky Whelan) to go on the run. Read my interview with Milo Ventimiglia here.

The Big Bang Theory
7 p.m. Thursday, CBS
While Sheldon is away and they gather to decorate the Christmas tree, everyone imagines life without him in "The Cooper Extraction."

The Michael J. Fox Show
8:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC
Mike's plan for a gift exchange with Annie is thwarted when he has to anchor the news on Christmas Eve.

9 p.m. Thursday, ABC
Everyone must face the consequences of their actions. Isn't that always, ultimately, the way it is?

Thursday premieres
2:01 a.m. "The Short Game," Netflix
7:30 p.m. "Babes in Toyland," Hallmark Movie Channel
8 p.m. "Call of the Wildman: Holler Day Cheer," Discovery
9 p.m. "Tanked Holiday Special," Discovery

Friday, Dec. 13

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