What to Watch: TV Picks For December 12-18
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
"Fear Factor" (8PM ET, NBC) season premiere
The anxiety-inducing competition series returns to NBC with all-new episodes featuring new stunts to test the stamina and nerves of the contestants. Advancements in technology have allowed the producers to develop challenges that are more fantastic than ever before -- such as the ominously titled "Towering Inferno" and the "Helicopter TNT Crash."
"Enlightened" (9.30PM ET, HBO) season finale
Amy persuades Levi to seek treatment after he has a late-night breakdown and at work, she challenges Dougie to make a presentation to Damon's group, regardless of the outcome. She also finds an unlikely ally to help her improve the environment at Abaddon.
"Hawaii Five-0" (10PM ET, CBS) midseason finale
On the eve of Chin Ho's wedding to Malia, the Five-0's investigation into a man left for dead in an abandoned WWII bunker crosses paths with Capt. Fryer's case of a Jane Doe.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
"William and Kate: Inside the Royal Marriage" (8PM ET, NBC) special presentation
With exclusive access to friends, family and royal insiders, this special tells the story of the first six months of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's marriage. NBC looks back into the wedding in April, revealing fascinating insider details about the big day, their life in Anglesey, and how the couple are trying hard to maintain their privacy. It also features behind-the-scene details of their first trip abroad to Canada -- and their glitzy stop in Los Angles -- with interviewees who were with them every step of the way.
"Dirty Jobs" (9PM ET, Discovery) season premiere
Mike travels to New Mexico to work as a Fish Squeezer with the Department of Game and Fish. Then he heads to Virginia to practice the ancient art of pet acupuncture on a goat named Lilly.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
"Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011" (9.30PM ET, ABC) special presentation
Your definition of "fascinating" may vary, but Walters' list this year includes Simon Cowell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family," Derek Jeter, the Kardashian family, Pippa Middleton, Katy Perry and Donald Trump.
"Psych" (10PM ET, USA) midseason finale
Shawn and Juliet's romantic getaway vacation from casework and the SBPD is interrupted when their hotel room is robbed and a dead body surfaces at a nearby winery.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
"The Year with Katie Couric" (9PM ET, ABC) special presentation
From political and economic revolutions and the death of a terrorist to a 72-day celebrity marriage and a royal wedding for the ages, 2011 has been an eventful year. Anchored by Katie Couric, ABC News and People are collaborating on a two-hour primetime broadcast special with details on these and all the other big stories of the past year -- from the everyday heroes who inspired a nation to the public figures who fell from grace; from the fresh faces who had breakthrough years in entertainment to the icons who said goodbye after years of success. Couric's reports will cover everything from fashion to law, and include interviews with newsmakers, celebrities and other guests who have a uniquely humorous take on the past year's top stories.
"Burn Notice" (10PM ET, USA) season finale
As the team reaches a breaking point with Anson and his sinister plans, Pearce puts Michael in charge of his biggest CIA mission yet.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (10PM ET, FX) season finale
In the conclusion of this two part episode the gang devises a new plan at their high school reunion to make sure their tarnished high school images will now sparkle and shine.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
"Chuck" (8PM ET, NBC)
Chuck and Sarah race against time to take down a dangerous computer virus, pitting them against Robyn Cunnings (guest star Rebecca Romijn), a ruthless spy who will stop at nothing to get what she needs. Meanwhile, Ellie and Awesome's date night takes a dangerous turn and Morgan is sent on a special mission to recover Chuck's P.A.N.T.S.
"The Life and Times of Tim" (9PM ET, HBO) season premiere
Tim is a twentysomething New Yorker trying to get ahead at work while keeping his girlfriend Amy happy and living a "normal" life. However, in Tim's world, his often peculiar choices leave him in outlandish, surprising situations. In this third season, Tim's habit of befriending bizarre and unusual personalities in New York City continues to put him in dangerously funny circumstances.
"Remains" (10PM ET, Chiller) original telefilm
Based on the IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Kieron Dwyer, "Remains" is set in a chilling post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world's population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute. The movie stars Grant Bowler, Lance Reddick, Miko Hughes and Tawny Cypress.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
"Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" (8PM ET, Encore) special presentation
This special takes a contemporary look at a true living legend through in-depth and candid interviews with Jerry Lewis, never-before-seen film footage, and contributions from some of Hollywood's biggest names: Alec Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Carl Reiner, Quentin Tarantino and more. Director/Producer Gregg Barson is the only filmmaker to be granted unlimited behind-the-scenes access to Jerry Lewis, resulting in unfiltered reflection on an 80-year career in show business. Plus, travel the world with the ever-vibrant and charismatic man himself as he continues his comedic reign at the ripe, young age of 85.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
"Geek Love" (9PM ET, TLC) special presentation
Ryan's running a speed-dating event at New York Comic-Con. The featured daters are Sal (who is costuming as Iron Man,) Kelly (a "Harry Potter" fan who makes bad first impressions,) and Gerald (nicknamed Chewie and hopes his Wookie mating call will impress the ladies.)
"Homeland" (10PM ET, Showtime) season finale
The tense political thriller closes its first season with a near-catatonic Carrie confined to bed as Saul puzzles over the unnerving implications of her timeline. Elsewhere, Walker finds the ideal spot from which to complete his mission, and Brody prepares for the vice president's policy summit.
What will you be watching this week?
A version of this article also appeared on AOL TV.