What to watch on Sunday, December 13...
Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
This special chronicles the creation of Walt Disney’s first animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including archival material and interviews with the studio’s animators, directors, and executives. Narrated by small-screen Snow Ginnifer Goodwin.
Great Houses With Julian Fellowes
The Downton Abbey creator pops in his best examining monocle and explores some of Britain’s toniest domiciles in this two-part series. First up is Burghley House in Lincolnshire, which for 500 years has belonged to the descendants of William Cecil, chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth I.
Elizabeth and President Dalton head to Switzerland in hopes of defusing the conflict with Russia, and they’re prepared to leverage some devastating dirt on Maria Ostrov in the process. Elsewhere in “The Greater Good,” Dmitri wants out of the spying racket.
A strange and sinister force has transmogrified high-tech researches into unthinking monstrosities in “And the Point of Salvation.” (Said force also worked its mojo on Congress, but nobody noticed any change.) When the Librarians investigate, they’re waylaid by a temporal anomaly.
Following the model of Boyhood, “Barthood” traces the maturation of the eldest Simpson child from precocious six-year-old to stalwart adult, including the subtle but powerful influences of both Homer and Lisa.
“Yippie Kayak” puts Jake, Charles, and Gina in a sticky situation with strong echoes of Jake’s favorite flick: Die Hard. While Terry must leave his family’s Christmas Eve festivities and come to the rescue, Amy is determined to prove she’s got just as much mettle as Holt and Rosa.
SERIES FINALE, 9pm, ABC
Blood and Oil
Billy is forced to choose between his marriage and his ambitions in “Departures” (an appropriate title since this surely the last anyone will see of Blood and Oil). In other conflicts nobody really cares about, Hap and Wick have it out at the Briggs family Christmas Eve shindig.
The Good Wife
Alicia and Lucca defend a respected surgeon against allegations of criminal plotting (at the very least, they think they can talk the charges down to misdemeanor monologuing with intent to plot). Elsewhere in “KSR,” Ruth has a plot of her own up her sleeve: convince Courtney Paige to hire Jason for business in another state, thereby extricating him from Alicia’s life.
“Our Man in Damascus” finds Carrie on the trail of a lead. Probably with an oversized magnifying glass pressed to her face as she stoops low to the ground and follows a long, windy trail of footprints, the way all real-life investigations are conducted.
I can tell you with reasonable confidence that a new episode of Family Guy will appear on this channel at this time. But this season has seen enough last-minute reschedulings that I shan’t even attempt to tell you which new episode it’ll be. Maybe Peter will start a neighborhood watch group. Maybe Stewie and Brian will drop in on the 1814 Congress of Vienna. Your guess is as good as mine!
The Last Man on Earth
Gail tries to mend a crummy situation while Melissa and Todd try to mend their relationship in “Christmas.”
SERIES FINALE, 10pm, HBO
DiDi joins a protest as her hopes of saving the Billy Barnes fade in “Reduced to Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste.” In other series-concluding business, Dr. James regrets a hastily-made offer, and Patsy is intrigued by a student nurse’s revelation in a secret-sharing session.
“Inside” sees the bombers revealing themselves, but that raises more questions than answers because, after all, we’re only halfway through the season. Back at Quantico, a holiday break gives the recruits plenty of time for decking the halls roasting chestnuts on an open fire spilling salacious secrets.
Into the Badlands
Sunny secures a way out of the Fort in “Snake Creeps Down,” but Quinn becomes suspicious. Elsewhere, The Widow follows a course that spells trouble for Sunny and M.K.
Noah reels from a string of revelations, while Alison makes a critical decision. I’m curious, The Affair viewers: What percentage of the show would you say is “big revelations and/or decisions”? Because going strictly off the loglines I estimate it’s about 89 percent.