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Critic’s Corner: Thursday, December 20

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Jersey Shore 10 p.m., MTV

Please sit down. This will come as very sad news. Thursday night, “Jersey Shore” is ending its six-season run. The show peaked with about 9 million viewers, which is a lot bigger than the audiences for “Mad Men” or “Homeland.” Oh sure, Snooki (left) and her pals will continue to appear all over cable TV, or you may run into them at the tanning salon; but their group adventure is over. Don’t fret, though. Civilization-ending programming will continue, from the Kardashians and from TLC, which brings us “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Toddlers & Tiaras.”

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A White House Christmas: First Families Remember 8 p.m.,
Channel 7

It’s a First-fest, hosted by Meredith Vieira. First lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter recall celebrating the holidays in the White House. Also adding their perspectives: former first children Jenna Bush Hager, Chelsea Clinton, Dorothy Bush Koch, Michael Reagan, Amy Carter, Susan Ford Bales, Tricia Nixon Cox, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Lynda Johnson Robb, and Luci Baines Johnson.

2012: The End Is Now 9 p.m., History Channel

We’re on the eve of destruction.

CMA Country Christmas 9 p.m., Channel 5

Martina and Dierks, but no Reba? I call Orangephobia.

Late Show With David Letterman 11:35 p.m., Channel 4

Katie Holmes talks about living in a shopping-trip loop.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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