TV This Week Dec. 8-14: ‘Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale’

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The finish line is in sight on the latest go-round of “The Amazing Race.” 8 p.m. CBS

Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison celebrate the “Holidaze” and Haylie Duff is the titular “Christmas Belle” in these new TV movies. 8 p.m. ABC Family; 9 p.m. Ion


Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch are “Bonnie & Clyde” in this two-parter about the Depression-era celebrity couple who were the Kim & Kanye of their day… but with guns. 9 p.m. A&E, History, Lifetime; concludes Mon.

Self-professed survival experts are deposited smack dab in the inhospitable middle of nowhere in the new series “Dude, You’re Screwed.” 10 p.m. Discovery


Jewel joins the judges’ table on the return of “The Sing-Off.” 9 p.m. NBC; also Wed., Thu., 8 p.m.

Ladies, start your screaming: “One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party” features the British-Irish boy band performing tunes from their latest disc. 9 p.m. KTLA

Cash prizes should help offset large electric bills when families from around the country take part in “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” 9 p.m. ABC

A legendary Broadway composer has his praises sung, as well as his songs, in James Lapine’s new documentary “Six by Sondheim.” With Audra McDonald, “Glee’s” Darren Criss, et al.. 9 p.m. HBO

“The Story of Film: An Odyssey” says “fin” with a look at the state of the art since 2001. 11 p.m. TCM



Another week, another country-music awards show. This time, it’s the “American Country Awards” with performers including Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley. 8 p.m. Fox

Chill out: Six young athletes share their dreams of Winter Olympics glory on a new episode of “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee.” 8 p.m. Nickelodeon

The fully clothed Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy share the stage with scantily-clad supermodels at “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” 10 p.m. CBS

Gentlemen, stop your engines: “Sons of Anarchy” puts the brakes on its sixth season. 10 p.m. FX

“How To Survive the End of the World” offers best-possible solutions for worst-case scenarios. First up: Zombies! 10 p.m. National Geographic


If the children are nestled all snug in their beds, wake them up for special holiday episodes of “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy.” 8 and 8:30 p.m. ABC Family


“Big Night’s” Stanley Tucci helps prepare risotto — and no, it doesn’t come with a side order of spaghetti — on a new “On the Table With Eric Ripert.” 8 p.m. Esquire TV

The original “American Idol” trolls the ancient yuletide carol and some more recent ones too in “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.” 10 p.m. NBC

“Rodeo Girls” won’t you come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight for this new series about riders on the barrel-racing circuit. 11 p.m. A&E; 10 p.m. Thu.


In-laws and an intern: Jerry Van Dyke and “Nebraska’s” June Squibb guest star on “The Millers” and Ashley Tisdale guests on “The Crazy Ones.” 8:30 and 9 p.m. CBS

“Reign” rules. We are rather enamored of this well-appointed period drama that wraps the first half of its freshman season tonight. With Adelaide Kane. 9 p.m. KTLA

There’ll be a little Sting in your stocking when the musician guest stars as himself on a holiday episode of “The Michael J. Fox Show.” 9:30 p.m. NBC


Rogues’ gallery: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken star in the darkly comic 2012 caper “Seven Psychopaths.” 8 p.m. Showtime

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society continues its quest to make the oceans safe for cetaceans everywhere on the return of “Whale Wars.” 9 p.m. Animal Planet

Old radicals never die, they just go into hiding in director-star Robert Redford’s 2012 drama “The Company You Keep.” With Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon. 9 p.m. Starz

Old folk songs never die in “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis,” a concert special tied to the Coen brothers’ new flick. 10 p.m. Showtime


Following the “2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation,” the college football-themed sports-doc “Youngstown Boys” airs on a new “30 for 30.” 5 and 6 p.m. ESPN

James Stewart stars in Frank Capra’s 1946 fable “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But it’d be even more wonderful if a rumored sequel never sees the light of day. 8 p.m. NBC

More holiday movies: “Hats Off to Christmas!” with Haylie Duff, “Christmas on the Bayou” with Hilarie Burton, and “A Snow Globe Christmas” with Alicia Witt and Donald Faison. 8 p.m. Hallmark; 8 and 10 p.m. Lifetime

Spoiler alert! “John Dies at the End” of this Lovecraftian 2012 thriller from director Don Coscarelli. With Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown. 10:30 p.m. TMC

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