Revelation one: "Homeland" is still a great show. Sure, it floundered and even momentarily failed a bit when the popularity of Damien Lewis' Brody caused creators to keep his character alive for at least one season too many, but this season has been wonderfully tense and on-target.
Revelation two: CIA Black Ops head Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) is in bed with terrorist Haqqani. Or at least in the car with him. Now, the minute ol' F. Murray showed up two seasons ago, it was difficult not to suspect there were larger, darker forces afoot. For one thing, he's too good an actor to confine to such a marginal role; for another, he does have very villainous vibes.
Whether those vibes are treasony-villainous or double-agenty villainous is, one hopes, what the finale will reveal. But Carrie and Quinn need to make up, and Saul needs to be back in charge, so, you know, whatever it takes. I mean, the good folks at "Homeland" have already killed the president, vice president, blown up the FBI and now the embassy in Islamabad so. ... Showtime, Sunday night, 10 p.m.
Christmas television, to be watched on the sofa with kids, in a sea of wrapping paper or while downing traditional gin punch for no good reason:
"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol." It's the first animated holiday special, and it shows. But the jaded few who don't love "A Christmas Carol" certainly must love Mr. Magoo (voiced by the late great
"Call the Midwife Holiday Special." For surefire Christmas spirit, it's tough to beat a show about a 1950s British midwifery service run by a group of fine and feisty nuns and nurses in London's East End. Pageants will be staged, mince pies distributed, goodwill spread among men and women and, of course, lots of babies born.