TV tonight: Sons of Anarchy season finale and a new Doomsday Preppers

Doomsday Preppers won't be caught unprepared.

Photo: NatGeo

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2012 – Tonight, Sons of Anarchy wraps up its 5th and most successful season to date. The appeal of this show is simple enough to explain. The concept of living outside the law and the normal constraints of society appeals to almost everyone, particularly as Great Depression II drones endlessly along. After all, what’s not to like about no job, no 1040 on April 15th and no respect for authority? Not to mention the clothes are a lot cooler than the hippest casual Friday outfit in my wardrobe. It’s all sounding better and better.

While we’re on the topic of anarchy, I have to admit, I’m being drawn toward tonight’s new episode of Doomsday Preppers at 9 p.m. on NatGeo. That’s because I am getting just a little bit obsessed with the concept of our civilization teetering on the brink of disaster. Are the preppers crazy or are we crazy? You can watch tonight’s episode and judge for yourself, and either take notes on how effective your own preparations are or feel good about yourself for not being one of those crazy preppers. Either way it still passes as good entertainment.

If you prefer something a little more conventional, there is always the option of watching Rudolph save Christmas for yet another year, or getting involved with the remaining contenders vying for the top spot on The Voice. After you tuck the youngsters in tonight, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show might be a popular choice as well.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST

8 p.m. Rudolph is back and The Voice eliminates two competitors in this hour.

ABC: Shark Tank: (New) A rent-a-live Christmas tree service; gluten-free fudge; cell phone accessory; indoor/outdoor play space; singer John Rich surprises an entrepreneur.

CBS: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph and his nose save Christmas.

NBC: The Voice: (Live) Two singers are cut in a results edition.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (New) Wade (Wilson Bethel) struggles with feeling like he’s a placeholder in Zoe’s (Rachel Bilson) life, so he decides that they should go on a date. Despite Zoe’s apprehensions, she decides to bid on Wade’s basket at the upcoming charity picnic auction, but is surprised that she is not the only one interested.

FOX: Raising Hope: (New) Jimmy (Lucas Neff) confronts Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) about only doing the “fun stuff” with Hope and none of the heavy lifting of parenthood. Meanwhile Auxiliary cops Jimmy and Barney (Greg Binkley) respond to a distress call.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Ben and Kate: (New) Will (Geoff Stults) invites Ben (Nat Faxon) and Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) to join his and Kate’s (Dakota Johnson) camping trip.

9 p.m. An end of the world party and a reluctant patient in this hour.

ABC: Happy Endings: (New) Penny’s (Casey Wilson) prescription helmet hinders her potential romance with a new guy; Jane (Eliza Coupe) tries to use Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) to help break into the boy’s club at the dealership; Max (Adam Pally) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) suffer fist-bump issues.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) Tony’s curiosity is peaking when he learns Ziva (Cote de Pablo) is making special plans for the opera.

FOX: New Girl: (New) Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) want to get a bathtub for the loft; Nick (Jake M Johnson) encounters a beautiful customer at the bar; Schmidt (Max Greenfield) must decide between his boss and Cece (Hannah Simone).

NBC: Go On: (New) The group throws a holiday/end-of-the-world party.

CW: Emily Owens, M.D.: (New) When the beloved hospital flower delivery man collapses, Emily (Mamie Gummer) is determined to diagnose his condition, but she is baffled at his reluctance to get treated.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: Don’t Trust the B–H in Apartment 23: (New) Chloe (Kristen Ritter) takes June (Dreama Walker) drinking in the financial district, where she finds a hot broker and a job offer; James (James Van Der Beek) is paired with the worst dancer on “Dancing With the Stars.”

FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) The group fights back when they discover that holistic midwives are stealing patients from Shulman & Associates.

NBC: The New Normal: (New) When baby proofing their designer home becomes overwhelming, Bryan (Andrew Rannells) turns to his new best friend: booze.

10 p.m. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in this hour.

ABC: Private Practice: (New) A fight between Charlotte (Kadee Strickland) and Cooper (Paul Adelstein) leads to trouble with the triplets; Violet (Amy Brenneman) consoles a friend who is being advised to take a loved one off life support.

CBS: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: (New) Models, Behati & Alessandra, talk about this year’s show.

NBC: Parenthood: (New) The fate of The Luncheonette hangs in the balance; Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) choice has shocking consequences. Glen Hansard guest stars.

Basic cable:

Note to Rahm. Re: Fiscal cliff. Pls. include on next neighborhood organizer agenda. (Image credit: NatGeo)

New episodes of:

Mankind: The Story of All of Us at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Doomsday Preppers at 9 p.m. on NGC

Start-ups: Silicon Valley at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

Million Dollar Decorators at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Buying Alaska at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Sons of Anarchy at 10 p.m. on FX

NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel.

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Elf on ABCFAM

Alice in Wonderland on ENC

Straight Talk on FLIX

Little Fockers on HBO

Narrow Margin on IFC

Double Identity on REELZ

Van Helsing at 9 p.m. on STARZ

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 at 9 p.m. on MOMAX

Contraband at 9 p.m. on HBO

The Rookie at 9:15 p.m. on ENC

End of Days at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX


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