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TV picks for Dec. 23 to Dec. 29: Doctor Who, Turbo Fast, Nikita finale

Christmas week is mostly repeats, specials and "Doctor Who." We say goodbye to Matt Smith's 11th Doctor and hello to Peter Capaldi's 12th in the annual Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor." Here are TV picks for the week of Dec. 23-Dec. 29.

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

Monday, Dec. 23

Major Crimes
8 p.m. Monday, TNT
Jon Tenney reprises his “The Closer” role of FBI agent Fritz Howard.

Top Gear: Top 41
8 p.m. Monday, BBC America
The five top moments from the venerable car series "Top Gear" include the hosts trying to build a space shuttle and their sea voyages in homemade amphibious cars.

Hollywood Game Night
9 p.m. Monday, NBC
Jane Lynch hosts a holiday-themed episode featuring Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, Gavin DeGraw, Rachel Bilson, Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker.

Top 50 Country Countdown
9 p.m. Monday, Great American Country
"Property Brothers" Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott host this countdown miniseries of the year’s top 50 country songs.

Monday finales
7 | "The Sing-Off," NBC
8 | "The Great Christmas Light Fight," ABC

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Turbo FAST
2:01 a.m. Tuesday, Netflix
Netflix’s first children’s series features the animated snail Turbo (voiced by Reid Scott) and his Fast Action Stunt Team race on new tracks and have many other adventures. Ken Jeong reprises his voice role from the film as manicurist-turned-home-shopping-icon Kim Ly.

"24 Hours of 'A Christmas Story'"
7 p.m. Tuesday, TBS
The hilarious holiday classic airs over and over again on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

It's a Wonderful Life
7 p.m. Tuesday, NBC¿
Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed gets a replay.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
7 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
It’s a double dose of the grouch with the animated holiday classic followed by Jim Carrey’s live-action version from 2000.

Tuesday finales
9 p.m. "Risky Listing," Esquire

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith
7 p.m. Wednesday, BBC America
Matt Smith’s three seasons as the eleventh Doctor Who come to an end later tonight. Narrated by Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, the doc features highlights from Smith’s run, interviews with him and co-stars, writers, producers and celebrity Whovians.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
8 p.m. Wednesday, BBC America
The annual Christmas episode is bound to be epic because it includes the eleventh Doctor’s regeneration into the twelfth. Before that happens, he’ll wage a world-shattering battle with his old enemies.

Wednesday finales
9 p.m. "How I Rock It," Esquire

Thursday, Dec. 26

8 p.m. Thursday, ABC
ABC News’ Amy Robach goes behind the scenes in yet another look at the real castle that serves as "Downton Abbey" in the PBS series. "Mysteries of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey" isn’t likely to break new ground.

Friday, Dec. 27

8 p.m. Dec. 27, CW
Nikita and Alex make their last-ditch play to kill Amanda and end her latest plot. The series finale flashes back to the spy thriller’s beginnings, but packs in plenty of action and intrigue in present day. "She is very purposed," Maggie Q said of our sly heroine. "She's got one thing in her head … It's gonna hurt you from your core." It’s a shocking end to a series that was filled with surprises.

Friday premieres
7 p.m. "$ellebrity," Showtime
9 p.m. "Golden Sisters 2013 Countdown: Best Pop Culture Moments," OWN; "Secret Wedding," TLC

Friday finales
8 p.m. "American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love," PBS

Saturday, Dec. 28

The Wrong Woman
7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime
This made-for-TV movie is based on Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man," but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s good. It’s not.

8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America
Hercules pays a visit to the powerful witch Circe in hopes of getting help to win over Medusa’s heart, but instead unleashes a toxic enchantment.

Saturday premieres
7 p.m. "WWE Tribute to the Troops," NBC
9 p.m. "Knight Life with Gladys," OWN; "Sex Sent Me to the ER," TLC

Sunday, Dec. 29

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
6:30 p.m. Sunday, PBS
Midwives keep busy during Christmas 1958.

Sunday premieres
12 a.m. "25th Annual Don't Drink or Text and Drive Live Music Marathon,", CAN-TV, WJYS
8 p.m. "Sister Wives," TLC

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