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TV picks for Dec. 16 to Dec. 20: Santa, Lucy, Barbara and Sherlock

The fall TV season is wrapping up with finales and holiday specials. Here are a handful of viewing options for Dec. 16-Dec. 22.

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. 16

Robot Chicken
11 p.m. Monday, Adult Swim
In "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special," we learn what Ebenezer Scrooge really said after his night with the ghosts and all about the danger elves face on the job at the North Pole. This holiday special is definitely adults only, unless you want to traumatize the kids.

Monday premieres
7 p.m. "Who Shot the Daytime Soap?" TVGN
8:30 p.m. "Lizard Lick Towing," truTV

Tuesday, Dec. 17

How Sherlock Changed the World
8 p.m. Tuesday, PBS
They're talking about Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective who returns to PBS in January with the new "Sherlock" mysteries starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This two-hour special examines how the fictional detective created 120 years ago by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has affected real police investigation techniques.

Tuesday premieres
8 p.m. "Hardcore Pawn," truTV
Tuesday finales
7 p.m. "The Voice," NBC
9 p.m. "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host," TBS

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Kathy Griffin Record Breaker
7 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo
Kathy Griffin makes history with her 20th stand-up special for Bravo. Guinness World Records has given the Oak Park native its award for "Most Stand-Up Specials by a Comedian."

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC
Barbara Walters hosts her last "Fascinating People" special by interviewing Pope Francis, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence, the cast of A&E's "Duck Dynasty," NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts and Prince George, son of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Mob City
8 p.m. Wednesday, TNT
Frank Darabont's noir thriller closes out its short first season with back-to-back episodes that are a marked improvement over the first two.

Wednesday premieres
7 p.m. "Kathy Griffin Record Breaker," Bravo; "A Home For the Holidays with Celine Dion," CBS
9 p.m. "Michael Buble Holiday Special," NBC

Thursday, Dec. 19

Ground Floor
9 p.m. Thursday, TBS
Derrick and Tori blow their money on lottery tickets, exactly what I've done ever since the Mega Millions jackpot hit $425 million.

11:15 p.m. Thursday, Adult Swim
Trent's children learn the true meaning of Christmas when a terrorist Santa takes over the mall in "Wreck the Malls."

Thursday premiere
8 p.m. "Farm Kings," Great American Country
Thursday finales
7 p.m. "The X Factor," Fox
8 p.m. "The Returned," Sundance

Friday, Dec. 20

The I Love Lucy Christmas Special
7 p.m. Friday, CBS
Two "I Love Lucy" episodes from 1956 have been colorized and seamlessly combined for this holiday treat. "The Christmas Episode," once thought to be lost, has the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky's tree and remembering special times in their lives. "Lucy's Italian Movie" is the classic episode in which Lucy stomps grapes.

Christmas in Washington
7 p.m. Friday, TNT
Hugh Jackman hosts as the Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Janelle Monáe and others perform for the first family.

8 p.m. Friday, CW
The spy thriller's penultimate episode starts out with Team Nikita seemingly safe and considered heroes after saving the world from war. Then they learn Amanda (Melinda Clarke) is still alive, and how they find out is simply devastating.

Friday premiere
4 p.m. "The Hollywood Christmas Parade," Hallmark

Saturday, Dec. 21

The Wizard of Oz
7 p.m. Saturday, TNT (repeats at 9:15 p.m.)
Tired of old holiday movies? Make a night of it buy watching back-to-back airings of the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland.

Saturday Night Live
10:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC
They've been hilarious doing "Late Night" bits, but now Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon co-host the last "SNL" of the year. Fingers crossed Fallon's team writes all the sketches.

Sunday, Dec. 22

Mr. Stink
7 p.m. Sunday, PBS
Hugh Bonneville of "Downton Abbey" plays a homeless man who is invited by a 12-year-old girl to hide out in a shed in her parents' garden.

I am Britney Jean
8 p.m. Sunday, E!
Britney Spears has said her reality show with ex Kevin Federline, titled "Chaotic," was her biggest mistake. Girl hasn't learned though: She's letting the cameras in again as prepares for her Las Vegas residency and new album.

American Declassified
9 p.m. Sunday, Travel
The team looks into the assassination of Martin Luther King and the Marfa Lights in Texas, which are totally unrelated.

On the Case with Paula Zahn
9 p.m. Sunday, Investigation Discovery
The new season opens with a look at the murder of a mother of four in Bourne, Mass., that took three decades to solve.

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