23 TV Show Finales Airing in December
With so many shows either wrapping up their latest seasons or entering their winter hiatuses, December is always a jam-packed month for TV. Here are 23 television show finales you won’t want to miss out on in the coming weeks.
1. Grandfathered, December 1
The comedy, starring John Stamos as a life-long bachelor who suddenly finds out he is a father and a grandfather, will wrap up the first half of the season this month. While not exactly a ratings powerhouse, the show is the higher-rated of the network’s new Tuesday comedy block, with an average of 3.9 million viewers. With that in mind, the network decided to extend its initial 13-episode run to a full season of 22 episodes. The show airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
2. The Grinder, December 1
The Rob Lowe comedy will air its freshman midseason finale at the beginning of the month. Like it’s Fox comedy companion Grandfathered, The Grinder has only done so-so in ratings, earning an average of 3.4 million viewers this season. But it’s been further bolstered by very strong reviews, currently holding a 93% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. After the finale, season one of the show, which has been given an order of 22 episodes, will return to its Tuesday night time spot at 8:30 p.m. ET.
3. Rosewood, December 2
The midseason finale of Fox’s freshman procedural will follow Dr. Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) and Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) as they dive into the Miami art scene to catch a serial killer. As they launch their investigation, an impending lawsuit against Rosewood threatens the lifeline of Magic City Lab and forces Donna (Lorraine Toussaint) to take a long, hard look at the way her son lives his life. The show airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
4. Empire, December 2
The season two midseason finale of Fox’s hip-hop drama will feature a major concert event featuring guest star Alicia Keys. Meanwhile, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray) will go to great lengths to add their names to history by taking home an American Sound Award. Will Lucious find another way to sabotage his youngest son? Stay tuned to find out. The show airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
5. Once Upon a Time, December 6
ABC’s fairy tale drama will head in its winter hiatus with episode 11 of season 5, which is titled “Swan Song.” While the title may hint otherwise, fans shouldn’t expect Emma Swan to be “cured” of her darkness by the midseason finale. “The darkness, whether it’s taken from her or she gives into it completely, it’s going to affect her,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. “The ramifications of this premiere are felt through the entire season.” The show airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
6. The Leftovers, December 6
After a mixed bag of episodes in its first season, season two of The Leftovers has been significantly revamped, moving to a new location, downsizing its cast and completely altering its format. That’s why this season’s episodes have a specific character’s point of view, allowing audiences to sometimes see the same event from multiple perspectives or see background characters in a different light. It pulled its most daring move yet in a recent episode, with the possible death of a central character. The series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
7. Scream Queens, December 8
The freshman season of Fox’s horror-comedy anthology series, created by Ryan Murphy, takes place on a college campus left rocked by a string of murders involving the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority. As the investigation into the killer begins, it soon becomes clear that the murders may have some connection with an incident that happened on the campus 20 years ago. As Murphy revealed, the finale will finally reveal the killer. “We spent a lot of time taking the audience through how the killer got away with what they got away with,” he said. “So lots of flashbacks, lots of unexpected twists and turns.” The show airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
8. The Flash, December 8
The Flash‘s midseason finale will be a Christmas episode featuring the return of a number of familiar rogues. When Mark Mardon aka The Weather Wizard returns to break Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold and James Jesse aka The Trickster out of Iron Heights, Barry must fight to stop the group from taking over Central City during Christmas. Meanwhile, Joe and Iris finally meet Wally West, who will be making his much-hyped debut in the episode. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesdays on the CW.
9. The Mindy Project, December 8
The comedy will conclude the first half of its first season on Hulu (and fourth season overall) this month, following a supersized, 26-episode pick-up from the streaming company. Season four has proven to be a big one for the show, with Mindy slowly coming to terms with her role as a new mom. Following the finale, the series will later return for another 13 episodes on Hulu, where it airs every Tuesday.
10. Chicago Fire, December 8
The NBC drama explores the lives, both professional and personal, of the firefighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department at the quarters of Engine Co. 51, Truck Co. 81, Rescue Squad Co. 3, and Ambulance 61. Currently in its fourth season, the show will conclude the first half of the season this month, before airing the rest of the season this spring. It currently airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET. The network has already renewed the series for a fifth season.
11. iZombie, December 8
The CW’s comic book adaptation, starring Rose McIver as a former medical student that’s turned into a zombie at a boat party, will air its second season midseason finale this month. After earning high critical acclaim last year, the show has been issued a 19-episode second season that kicked off in October. The series, co-starring Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, and Robert Buckley, airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET.
12. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, December 8
ABC’s comic series, based on the fictional Marvel comics’ peacekeeping and spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division), is currently in its third season. The show will air its midseason finale this month, after which it will be replaced by an abbreviated second season of Agent Carter. The second half of its current season will air later next year, returning to its usual time slot on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
13. Arrow, December 9
Like The Flash, Arrow‘s midseason finale will also take place around Christmastime. After the city is attacked again, Oliver makes a bold move against HIVE. Malcolm checks in on Thea and leaves her with a warning. Things take a horrible turn when Damien Darhk retaliates in a brutal manner at Oliver’s mayoral holiday party. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesdays on the CW.
14. Nashville, December 9
In the season four winter finale of ABC’s country music drama, Rayna James (Connie Britton) may find herself facing off against a brand new rival — a hot young country singer who also happens to be her own daughter, Maddie (Lennon Stella). Will Rayna quickly regret signing her teenage daughter to her label, Highway 65? It looks like it. The music-themed drama airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
15. The League, December 9
The FX series, set in Cook County, Illinois, and centering on a fantasy football league, its members, and their everyday lives, will conclude its 13-episode seventh season this month. This will be the final season for the semi-improvised comedy show, which stars Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Katie Aselton. The show, which has earned strong reviews over the course of its seven-season run, airs at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday nights.
16. Dr. Ken, December 11
The new hit comedy of the fall will air its first midseason finale this month, after earning surprisingly high ratings with its early episodes. Despite a weird Friday night timeslot and overwhelmingly bad reviews, the ABC sitcom has performed strongly for the network, with steady ratings that led it to become the first new comedy of the season to get a full season order. The show will air its second half of those ordered episodes later this year and is already a strong contender for a second season renewal. It airs on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET.
17. Blood and Oil, December 13
ABC’s freshman drama follows a young married couple of newcomers who look to cash in on the modern-day oil boom in North Dakota and become involved with sly local oil baron, Hap Briggs, and his troubled family. The show will see the shortened season after the network cut back its initial order, back to only 10 episodes. If the network airs all of the planned 10 episodes, the series will come to an end this month. The show airs on Sunday nightsat 9 p.m. ET.
18. Quantico, December 13
ABC’s freshman drama chronicles a look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia when one of them is suspected of being a sleeper terrorist. In the midseason finale, the terrorist who’s been tormenting poor Alex (Priyanka Chopra) since the season premiere is captured at last. The series airs on Sunday nights on 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
19. Supergirl, December 14
CBS’s freshman comic book-based series, starring Melissa Benoist, has recently been given a full series order — meaning there are plenty more episodes for fans to look forward to after the midseason finale this month. The show, which follows Kara Zor El as she embraces her superpowers and learns to become a hero like her famous cousin, has earned strong reviews throughout its run so far, currently holding a 97% fresh rate on Rotten Tomatoes. It currently airs at 8 p.m. ET on Monday nights.
20. Limitless, December 15
The CBS drama, starring Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter, has been one of the most promising rookie performers this fall, consistently retaining most of the young adult audience from its NCIS: New Orleans lead-in. Considering these strong numbers, it’s no shocker that the eye network decided to increase its initial episode order to a full 22 installments. The show will air its midseason finale this month, and then air its remaining episodes next year. You can catch the show on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET.
21. Childhood’s End, December 16
Syfy’s three-part miniseries, based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke, follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon, Charles Dance, Yael Stone, Daisy Betts, and Ashley Zukerman co-star in the series. The small-screen adaptation will air its episodes over the course of three consecutive nights on the network.
22. Haven, December 17
SyFy’s supernatural drama, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in Maine named Haven, will air the last episode of its fifth and final season this month. The show, starring Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Nicholas Campbell and Eric Balfour, has seen declining ratings in recent seasons, but fans can likely expect a solid conclusion. Showrunner Gabrielle Stanton recently told The Wrap that she conceived this half of the season as though they might be the last episodes, leading to what she hopes will provide a “satisfying” ending.
23. Flesh and Bone, December 27
Sarah Hay stars in Starz’s upcoming 8-episode miniseries as Claire, a talented but emotionally troubled dancer, who joins a company in New York City. She soon finds herself completely wrapped up in the tough and often cutthroat world of professional ballet. Ben Daniels also co-stars in the film as the demanding artistic director. American Ballet Theater dancer Ethan Stiefel serves a consultant and choreographer on the dance-themed series, which exposes the gritty underbelly of the ballet world. The show airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET and is also available online.
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