This week's must-see TV is the fall finale of our favorite network show, Person of Interest. And they're hinting that one of the show's heroes may quit the POI team. Watch clips from the Robot Chicken Xmas special, and John Oliver's guest spot on Rick and Morty! Plus learn how Sherlock Holmes created forensic science!
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Almost Human (8 PM, Fox):
The midseason finale! Although weirdly, this was actually one of the first few episodes of the show to be produced — Fox is airing the episodes out of order. So don't be surprised if suddenly Kennex and Dorian are way less used to each other's company. Here's what's going on:
Detective John Kennex and Dorian respond to a suspicious death at a hospital where - before having a fatal cardiac arrest - a man claimed someone was trying to kill him, and inexplicably knew his exact time of death. As the investigation unfolds, a black market for vital organs is uncovered in which bio-mechanical hearts can be resold and remotely "shut off." As the team fights to find the pulse of this 2048 tech-centric crime, Dorian reconnects with a decommissioned DRN.
Rick and Morty (10:30 PM, Adult Swim):
Guest starring John Oliver and Dana Carvey! "Anatomy Park" sees Rick and Morty trying to save a homeless man. Go to USA Today to see a clip — I couldn't keep it from autoplaying here.
Robot Chicken Christmas Special (Midnight, Adult Swim):
It's been ages since we've had any action-figurey comedy goodness, so even a Christmas-themed outing is super welcome. Clip via The Nerdist. Here's what's up:
Robot Chicken takes down Christmas once again! Our writers reveal the origins of the Heat Miser and Cold Miser. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge learn the true TRUE meaning of Christmas. Learn the perils of getting a job at the North Pole. Discover how Santa Claus ruined World War One's greatest day!
How Sherlock Changed the World (9 PM, PBS):
Worth mentioning because it's a slow week, and also this is about forensic science. This two-hour special looks at " the impact of the fictional Holmes on real criminal investigation and forensic techniques."
Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS):
The midseason finale — in which Fusco belts Reese right in the kisser. Why did CBS make us wait so long between episodes, and why is this airing on its own in the middle of December? Only the Machine knows — but this is probably going to be one hell of a blowout. Guest-starring Camryn Manheim and Warehouse 13's Saul Rubinek as a married couple! Here's the skinny:
"Lethe" - Flashbacks to Finch's adolescence provide insight into his creation of The Machine. Also, the team receives the number of an already dying man, and Reese leaves the POI team behind in the aftermath of the war with the crime organization, HR.
Oh, and before anyone complains, the thing about Reese leaving the team isn't really a spoiler — it's in the episode promos, and the official synopsis.
Futurescape (10 PM, Science):
This time, James Woods is exploring "How to be a Superhuman."
Also on TV tonight: If you subscribe to DirecTV, you can watch the second season finale of Black Mirror at 9 PM. Also at 9, Discovery has a new Doomsday Preppers. At 10 PM, Spike has a new episode of Criss Angel: BeLIEve.
There's a whole show called Nazi Hunters. Who knew? Worth mentioning because this time it's all about hunting down Nazi Rocket Scientists. So we can give them a job.
These stories of pursuit and the struggle to balance the scales of justice are full of drama and tragedy. Brilliant German scientists worked for the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s, creating the V2 ballistic missile. When the war ended, the US was desperate to get its hands on these scientists before the Russians did. They wanted their expertise as the need for military superiority overrode any concerns of bringing these criminals to justice. Their wartime work hid a dark secret. Hundreds of slave labourers died building the V2. There was a chase across Germany in 1945 to get them before the Russians did. But these rocket scientists had blood on their hands.
Myth Hunters (10 PM, Military):
Basically, it's like Mythbusters, except with more Hitler. First time out: "Hitler and the Spear of Destiny." Hopefully they'll explain that Spectre storyline where Superman touched the Spear of Destiny and turned evil.
Also on TV tonight: Sundance has the season finale of the French show The Returned at 9 PM. Also at 9 PM, there's a new Mysteries at the Museum on Travel. At 10 PM, there's the season finale of Unsealed: Alien Files on Discover America.
Nikita (9 PM, The CW):
Remember how Birkhoff had a secret that could jeopardize the whole mission, last week? Well, this time it's Ryan's turn.
NIKITA'S WORLD UNRAVELS ── Just as Nikita (Maggie Q) is finally starting to see an end to the long war with The Shop, Ryan (Noah Bean) confesses a secret that could unravel it all. Meanwhile, Michael (Shane West) tries to get Nikita to accept their new circumstances as he contemplates what comes next for the two of them. Realizing Sam (Devon Sawa) was planning to steal her diamonds, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) gives him a suitcase of fake diamonds to deliver to her contact in France. Alex is surprised when he upholds his end of the bargain and doesn't take off with the jewels. However, things get messy when Sam is jumped by the loan shark he owes money to, and Alex must step in to save him.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (10:30 AM, Hub Network):
Missing your usual superhero cartoons? MLP has you covered:
SPIKE BECOMES A SIDEKICK RATHER THAN A SUPER HERO WHEN HE AND THE MANE SIX GET TRAPPED INSIDE A COMIC BOOK — When Spike and the ponies are transported into the city of Maretropolis in his favorite comic book, Spike is disappointed when he becomes a boring sidekick instead of one of his favorite heroes. But when the ponies come up against pony super villain, The Mane-iac, Spike becomes the last line of defense to help save the day.
Christmas With The Aquabats! (1 PM, Hub Network):
A holiday special, featuring Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) as the voice of the Krampus, the legendary Christmas demon. Here's what's going on: "Ricky's perfect Christmas is threatened when the Aquabats arrive in a strange village and are convicted of breaking a law that forbids any Yuletide celebration. Their only chance at saving themselves and Christmas is for the big man himself, Santa, to lend a mitten"
Atlantis (9 PM, BBC America):
More intrigue with the Atlantean royal family — which means more Alexander Siddig scowling, so we're down. Here's what's up: "A clandestine messenger brings unexpected news to princess Ariadne – her exiled brother Therus has sent for her. Ariadne must decide where her loyalties lie – in Atlantis or with her royal sibling. But Therus is determined to share the truth behind his exile with his sister, exposing a plot that could overshadow Minos's power and bring the royal family to its knees."
Also on TV today: Hub Network has the midseason finale of Spooksville at 5:30 PM, and a new R.L. Stine at 7:30 PM.
As we get closer to Christmas, there's basically nothing on television, whatsoever. A total dead zone. You'll notice there aren't even any weird Christmas TV movies about an uptight businesswoman falling in love with Santa this week, because it's too Christmassy even for Christmas TV movies.
Also on TV today: Nicktoons has a new Digimon Fusion at 11:30 AM, followed by a new Yu-Gi-Oh!. At 10 PM, Animal Planet has a new Finding Bigfoot, Weather has a new Freaks of Nature, and DA has a new Monsters and Mysteries in America.