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Critic’s Corner for Sunday, December 30

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60 Minutes 7:30 p.m., Ch. 4

The venerable newsmagazine covers a lot of bases tonight from comic to deadly serious. One segment deals with new breakthroughs in robotic prostheses in which the people wearing the artificial limbs can move them with their thoughts. Another examines the claims of a former Danish spy’s involvement in a controversial CIA drone strike on Al Qaeda. And comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow (pictured, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up”) is profiled by Anderson Cooper around his new movie “This Is 40.”

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Curiosity 9 p.m., Discovery

The fascinating series delves into the warm, and potentially disruptive, power of the sun. Scientists create a “virtual” model in this episode based on available data from telescopes on earth and in space and combined with computer-generated imaging. From this they hope to learn more about the sun’s inner workings and whether or not a solar storm could be in our future.

Downton Abbey 9 p.m., Ch. 2

Catch the season two finale before next week’s season three premiere.

The Empire Strikes Back 10:11 p.m., Spike

Since nothing else is on, watch it again you will.

Whisker Wars 11 p.m., IFC

There is something called the German International Beard and Mustache Championships. Seriously.

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