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On TV this week, Dec. 19-23

On TV this week

MONDAY

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special, 8 p.m., ABC Po's got to keep the franchise going, so we get this holiday special to bridge the gap between the inevitable, never-ending sequels.

SERIES PREMIERE Who's Still Standing?, 8 p.m., NBC The guy from Cash Cab gets out of the car and asks people standing on trap doors a bunch of trivia questions. If they get 'em wrong, down they go. That's worth watching, right there.

A Chipmunk Christmas, 8:30 p.m., ABC The 1981 special for everyone who isn't mollified by endless playing of Christmastime is Here on the radio.

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul, 9 p.m., VH1 Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence and the Machine, Jessie J., Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Estelle and Marsha Ambrosius, Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy all sing soul songs. That's way better than the Chipmunks.

SEASON FINALE Ridiculousness, 10 p.m., MTV The show's plot has certainly lived up to this name, hasn't it?

TUESDAY

Ron White's Celebrity Salute to the Troops, 7:30 p.m., CMT The comedian entertains the troops by featuring Lewis Black, Robert Hawkins, Rascall Flatts and … John Oates?

Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas, 9 p.m., NBC We thought the SNL crew killed off this character. At least we get to see Alec Baldwin's Schweddy Balls skit again.

Larry the Cable Guy's Star Studded Christmas Extravaganza, 9:21 p.m., CMT Not to be outdone by the likes of Ron White, the Nebraska-born, Florida-raised Larry invites Terry Bradshaw, Lewis Black, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins and Emily West on his own special.

Kathy Griffin Comedy Special: Tired Hooker, 10 p.m., Bravo The latest in Griffin's 1-million-part comedy special series for Bravo.

SEASON PREMIERE Chopped, 10 p.m., Food Ted Allen returns to host another season of this show, which is a combination of Top Chef and Iron Chef, leading us to believe they should have just called it Top Iron Chef.

WEDNESDAY

A Home for the Holidays With Martina McBride, 8 p.m., CBS With Denise Richards on the bill, you'd think this was on the lower end of the country music-themed holiday specials, but no, because Martina commands the likes of Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw, too.

SEASON FINALE Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, 9 p.m., Bravo It's time to pick a big winner. That's anyone who realizes compromising their artistic principles to churn out commodified imagery and deigning to consider it true creative output keeps them from being a true artist and quits the show.

Gaga by Gaultier, 9 p.m., CW Gaga chats with Jean Paul Gaultier about how cool she is. It's done in the true spirit of Christmas, natch.

SEASON FINALE American Horror Story, 10 p.m., FX It's the end of the road for the astonishing first season of this mind-bending series, which would really be able to help out The Walking Dead in the whole "having something happen every episode" department. Remember, no matter what happens, there are at least two more seasons coming.

SEASON PREMIERE The Real World, 10 p.m., MTV Apparently there are no more cities in the U.S., because this 26th season finds MTV headed back to San Diego. Well, La Jolla, actually. What, was West Palm Beach not willing to take anyone?

A Game of Honor, 10 p.m., Showtime A behind-the-scenes look at the Dec. 10 Army-Navy football game. Like it's some big tradition or something.

THURSDAY

SEASON FINALE The X Factor, 8 p.m., Fox Find out which singer we'll all be forgetting about by Valentine's Day.

Hollywood at Home, 8 p.m., HGTV Ever wonder how Andie McDowell, Carly Patterson, Natalie Coughlin, Mark Ballas or George Jones live? Neither did we. But we're about to find out!

SEASON FINALE Project Accessory, 10 p.m., Lifetime Find out who made the best scrunchies, handbags and hats all season.

FRIDAY

Wait, Wait … Don't Tell Me!, 8 p.m., BBC America In case you missed the taping of the NPR show in Tampa a couple weeks back, here's a taped version featuring author Neil Gaiman, who is better than that comedian we got.

Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special, 8 p.m., Comedy The bright spot of having a ventriloquist do a Christmas show is the knowledge his guests will never cancel on him.

Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation, 8:30 p.m., ABC The boys battle Dr. Doofenshmirtz, who covers Danville in a cloud of naughtiness. It's not as dirty as it sounds.

Holiday Heart, 10 p.m., BET Ving Rhames is a drag queen who saves Alfre Woodard and her daughter from an abusive boyfriend, only to have her turn to another abusive boyfriend, forcing him to all but adopt the kid. You had us at "Ving Rhames is a drag queen." It may be a tad on the dramatic side, however.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Dec. 19-23 12/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2011 4:45pm]

    

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