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TV best bets with season finales of ‘X Factor,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Terra Nova’

A few shows this week are seeing their season finales and possible series finales.

Fox's "Terra Nova" is on the bubble for a renewal next year. CREDIT: Fox

Fox's "Terra Nova" is on the bubble for a renewal next year. CREDIT: Fox

Fox’s “Terra Nova” ends its 13-episode first season Monday with mediocre ratings (an average of 7.2 million live viewing) for such an expensive program. Fox will have to weigh closely if the numbers justify a renewal.

BET also has to think about how to deal with “Reed Between the Lines,” a new family sitcom it had high hopes for but  has fallen far short of expectations in the ratings. It’s averaging just over 1 million viewers per new episode. That show ends season one Tuesday.

And TBS will now weigh whether to give Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” a renewal. Its brief 10-episode test run ends on Friday. It opened big with more than 3 million viewers, slipped down to around 2 million, then stabilized. If TBS does give Perry a green light, it will be obligated to air 90 more episodes.

Two other new hit shows concluding this week – Fox’s “The X Factor” Thursday and FX’s “American Horror Story” Wednesday – have already been given clearance for second seasons.


“Terra Nova” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — Taylor and Jim unite against the Phoenix Group.
“Who’s Still Standing?” 8 p.m. NBC (new series) — Miss a question? Drop through a trap door!
A Chipmunk Christmas” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Mischievous Alvin learns about Christmas spirit when he tries to help an ill boy.
American Pickers” 9 p.m. History — An oil company where everything is for sale.
The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Brenda puts her investigative focus on the police commissioner and his wife she thinks are part of a cover up.
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” 9 p.m. VH1 — Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson sing.
“Rizzoli & Isles” 10 p.m. TNT — Korsak’s stepson is accused of shooting a cop.

Deck the Halls” 9 p.m. TNT – A holiday mystery unfolds when a detective investigates the kidnapping of his father and a young female driver just days before Christmas.
Dirty Jobs” 9 p.m. Discovery – Mike takes up paleontology.
What Not To Wear” 9 p.m. TLC – A punk rock fan needs a more adult wardrobe to match her urban-professional job.
Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker” 10 p.m. Bravo – Griffin’s latest barbs focus on Ashton Kutcher, Nancy Grace and Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.
Chopped” 10 p.m. Food (10th season debut) – The chefs must use rabbit in their entrees.
Hidden City” 10 p.m. Travel – Crimes from Los Angeles lore including the Black Dahlia, John Holmes and the L.A. riots.
“Reed Between the Lines” 10 p.m. BET (three consecutive half-hour episodes, including first-season finale at 11 p.m.) – Ratings have been disappointing for this Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Tracee Ellis Ross vehicle. Will BET bring it back?

A Home For the Holidays With Martina McBride” 8 p.m. CBS – Justin Bieber and Mary J. Blige help out McBride to raise awareness about adoption.
“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox  – It’s a battle among Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro for $5 million and the victory.
Sons of Guns” 9 p.m. Discovery – A German K98 Mauser rifle is rebuilt.
“Work of Art” 9 p.m. Bravo (second season finale) – Young, Sara and Kymia battle for the win.
“I Hate My Teenage Daughter” 9:30 p.m. Fox – Annie allows Sophie to date an older teen.
American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX (first season finale) – Constance schemes to raise Tate’s baby as her own.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 pm. TV Land – The ladies treat their neighbors to makeovers.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo – Singer Patti LaBelle serves as a guest judge.


“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) – Recently out of rehab, could rap singer Chris Rene pull off an upset over diva-esque crooner Melanie Amaro or Joe Cocker soundalike Josh Krajcik?
Hollywood at Home” 8 p.m. HGTV – Check out the homes of Andie MacDowell, Mark Ballas and Carly Patterson.
Braxton Family Values” 9 p.m. WE – Toni Braxton has surgery.
“I (Almost) Got Away With It” 9 p.m. ID – A female bank robbers flees to Mexico with her three children and her girlfriend.
“Big Shrimpin‘ ” 10 p.m. History -Tropical storm Lee forces two boats to dock.
Prime Suspect” 10 p.m. NBC – Jane and Evrard investigate a murder in Chinatown that occurred during a game of mahjongg.
The League” 10:30 p.m. FX (third season finale) – The race is on for the Shiva and the Sacko Bowls.

“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC – Past secrets and old threats haunt Chuck and Sarah while they hunt for an evil schemer who’s trying to destroy Carmichael Industries.
Gold Rush: Alaska” 9 p.m Discovery – A behind-the-scenes look at the series.
Say Yes to the Dress” 9 p.m. TLC – A former stuntwoman is ready to settle down and get married.
Disaster House” 10 p.m. DIY – Twenty children are let loose in a living room.
Top 10 Weddings of 2011″ 10 p.m. TLC – Will a Kardashian be referenced?
Invention USA” 10:30 p.m. History (first season finale) – Inventions include a new skateboard design and a compass-belt combination.
“For Better or Worse” 10:30 p.m. TBS (first season finale) – A feuding Marcus and Angela are forced to explain their issues to their son.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m. Saturday NBC – Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!
A Christmas Story” 8 p.m. Saturday TBS (24-hour marathon) – Twelve times over, you can watch Ralphie get warned, time and time again: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
NBA basketball” 8 p.m. ESPN – The season started, belatedly, as the Magic meets the Thunder.
Sunday Night Football” 8:15 p.m. Sunday NBC – The Chicago Bears battle the no-longer-undefeated Green Bay Packers.
Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT – The squad searches for a philanthropist’s missing wife, only to collide with an elaborate ring that’s running sweetheart scams.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC Family – With just two hours of Christmas left, Clark has the last say: “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together!”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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December 19th, 2011
8:17 pm

Really, chris rene pulling out an upset?


December 19th, 2011
9:52 pm

I am a huge fan of American Horror Story, Glad it got a green light for a season 2. Cant wait!!!


December 19th, 2011
9:56 pm

Congrats to the final 3 on XFactor, but I think Chris is outta there this week. Melanie and Josh will battle it out


December 20th, 2011
9:30 am

@AHSTORY – agreed. I still can’t believe a lot of what they’re able to get away with on regular cable. And I wasn’t sure I could watch it based on the opening credits – children in horror stories scare me more than anything!

BTW – I’m a Constance fan – Jessica Lange has thrown herself into that role, man …


December 20th, 2011
2:02 pm

Missed your post last week about season finales. Dexter was my winner, what an ending.


December 20th, 2011
3:16 pm

Jessica Lange is incredible in Horror story. This is one show that actually can scare you without some 3-d props or computer generated crap. Love it

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December 22nd, 2011
7:37 pm

Terra Nova started out really slow and I had just about written it off. But the last few episodes plus the finale pulled it out of the gutter for me (’Wash’ was great in the finale and Lucas has become a real Axxhole and every series needs a good one of those). Glad to see it wasn’t a “rescue the helpless wife/kids/civilians” every week. Needs more Dino encounters or other obstacles with the indigenous life. The colonies new living situation may force those issues. Hope there is a second season but I hope the Bad Lands don’t turn out to be the other end of a fracture that was/is the Bermuda Triangle’s dumping ground. That would be too predictable.