TV THIS WEEK: Doctor Who's Christmas special, a Kaiju marathon, and more!

Well, Christmas is just days away, which means quite a few networks have given up on original programming until the new year, but that doesn't mean there's nothing fun to watch. This week, we get the Doctor Who Christmas special, a Kaiju movie marathon, the season finale of The Librarians, the series finales of Da Vinci's Demons and Agent X, and more!

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?


Colony: Behind the Wall (USA) Monday, 11:05 p.m.

Behind-the-scenes special! - Colony is one of the most anticipated new genre series of 2016, and thought we don't get to see full episodes yet, USA is offering us a chance this week to get a glimpse inside the latest series from Carlton Cuse (The Strain). In the world of Colony, an invasion has divided humanity in the distant future, leaving Will Bowman (Josh Holloway) and Katie Bowman (Sarah Wayne Callies) to search for their son in a hostile environment that's testing everyone. Many of the plot details are still being kept under wraps, but if you're up for a dystopian adventure from some genre icons, this might just be for you.

Kaiju Christmas (El Rey) Thursday, 6 a.m.

Marathon alert! - The Christmas season is many things to many people, but for the fine folks at the El Rey Network, the season means it's time for monster movies. Starting Thursday morning and continuing all the way through Sunday morning, the network will air more than 90 hours of classic Kaiju films, from Gojira to Rodan to Terror of Mechagodzilla. It might be impossible to watch them all, but if I had to recommend one, it would be Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. That movie is insane.

It's a Wonderful Life (NBC) Thursday, 8 p.m.

There are a lot of films and TV specials that we've come to consider holiday classics, but It's a Wonderful Life is the reigning champion. Sure, you can debate that, but that doesn't change its prominence in the Christmas broadcasting season. It gets to take up whole three-hour blocks of network programming for a reason, and this week you can experience the story of George Bailey again, because there's no way NBC will let you forget about it.

Doctor Who (BBC) Friday, 9 p.m. - "The Husbands of River Song"

Christmas special! - This year's Doctor Who Christmas special puts fans in a very interesting position. We don't yet know where the show is heading next after the departure of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), and to further complicate matters, this episode gives us the return of River Song (Alex Kingston), a character we hadn't seen for two years. For a while there, it seemed like we might never see River again, but now we get to see her contend with Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor for the first time, and who knows what might grow out of that? We'll just have to watch and find out.

Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) Saturday, 8 p.m. - "Ira Deorum"

Series finale! - For the past three years, creator David Goyer and company have given us a compelling alternate history in the form of Da Vinci's Demons, unspooling the mysteries of the Renaissance in a way that TV had never seen before. Now, as Starz continues to have other genre successes with Outlander and Ash vs. Evil Dead, it's time for this show to say goodbye. It might not have the endurance of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, but it was certainly fun while it lasted.


Colony: Behind the Wall (USA) 11:05 p.m.

Read more in our Highlights section above.


The Expanse (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Remember the Cant"

Holden and crew are taken prisoner and begin to turn on one another; Miller deals with rioters; Avasarala plays politics.


Wednesday's quiet when it comes to new stuff. Go watch a Christmas movie.


Kaiju Christmas (El Rey) 6 a.m.

Read more in our Highlights section above.

It's a Wonderful Life (NBC) 8 p.m. 

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Doctor Who (BBC) 9 p.m. - "The Husbands of River Song"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) 8 p.m. - "Ira Deorum"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz) 9 p.m. - "Bound in Flesh"

Ash finds himself in a battle with his greatest foe; Kelly and Pablo must make a decision on who to trust.


The Librarians (TNT) 8 p.m. - "And the Final Curtain"

Season finale! - The librarians discover that Prospero's magic is wreaking havoc with the technology of the world; Flynn and Baird must travel back to 1611, while the rest of the team battles Prospero in the present.

Agent X (TNT) 9 p.m. - "Penultimatum" and "Fidelity"

Series finale! - John is blackmailed by a terrorist into going on a suicide mission, employing the Geryon to accomplish the deed.


(Episode synopses via Zap2It)

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