Critic’s Corner: Friday, December 14


Winter in Portlandia  10:30 p.m., IFC

The show doesn’t return for season 3 until Jan. 4, but IFC is giving us a little holiday gift with a dose of Carrie and Fred. The half-hour special includes a sketch of the “Women & Women First” bookstore owners trying to change a baby without finding out the baby’s gender, since they don’t believe in “binary gender codes.” Also, Peter of Peter and Nance tries to quit pasta. By the way, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen (above) are on “Late Show With David Letterman” tonight at 11:35.

Celebrity Holiday Homes  9 p.m., HGTV


On Friday’s episode, designers help celebs Lisa Lampanelli, Tamara Tunie, and Haylie Duff spruce up their homes. And guess who is assigned to work with Lampanelli and turn her beachfront Connecticut home into a seasonal wonderland? Boston’s own Bryan Rafanelli (above) will be decking her halls.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  8 p.m., Channel 4

Hello, Clarice.

Fringe  9 p.m., Channel 25

Walter drops acid. And picks up a major buzz.


Wives With Knives  10 p.m., ID

Next: “Hubbies With Clubbies”?

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