The Newsroom (9 p.m., HBO) – The Aaron Sorkin series ends tonight with a plot revolving around a shocking death that prompts Will and Mac to reminisce about the news program’s past and ponder its uncertain future. But all anyone will really care about is last week’s rape episode, which dashed any shred of goodwill the divisive show may have earned with skeptical fans and hate-watchers this season. As up-and-down as this series has been over its three seasons, I give props to any program that employs Sam Waterston.
Also on . . . .
NC Bookwatch (Noon, UNC-TV) – Author Philip Gerard talks about his book, “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina.”
The Christmas Parade (8 p.m., Hallmark) – A big-city morning show host is humiliated on the air, so she moves to a small town where she helps an artist save a children’s community art center by helping him and the kids with their float entry in the holiday parade.
Undercover Boss (8 p.m., CBS) – Season 6 has the True Value president and CEO John Hartmann, a former FBI agent, working undercover at his hardware company and being shocked by the on-the-job pick-up artist antics of one of his employees.
Barbara Walters: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 (9 p.m., ABC) – Whenever these shows come around, I always joke that “ Barbara Walters is easily fascinated.” This year’s list – at least what’s been revealed so far – is a mixed bag: Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, Chelsea Hander, a Koch brother and Michael Strahan. Her top pick is a secret.
A Perfect Christmas List (9 p.m., ION) – An ailing woman wants her daughter and granddaughter to repair their damaged relationship before Christmas, so she creates a list of festive holiday tasks for them to complete together.
Also of note: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ( Jim Carrey version) at 6 and 9 p.m. on ABC Family; “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 8 p.m. on USA; and “The Holiday” at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.