TV picks: Wednesday, Dec. 19

Coach Alisha gives pep talk on "Cheer Perfection."

“Cheer Perfection”

REALITY. Tune in for young cheerleaders giving
their all to a sport some of them aren’t even sure they really enjoy
very much, stay for the moms who, living vicariously through their
daughters, insist that they do.

Series premiere, 10 p.m., TLC

Miss Universe Pageant

SPECIAL. You can tune in for the swimsuit competition; we’ll be watching host Andy Cohen scout new talent for Bravo reality shows.

8 p.m., NBC

“The X Factor”

REALITY. The finalists have one more shot to impress viewers at home before their dreams of One Direction-like success come to fruition — or are completely shattered — when the winner is announced tomorrow night.

8 p.m., Fox

“A Home for the Holidays with Rascal Flatts”

SPECIAL. The annual special that spotlights adoption stories is this year hosted by Rascal Flatts, with performances by Phillip Phillips, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and more.

8 p.m., CBS

“WWE Tribute to the Troops”

SPECIAL. Wrestlers put their differences — and folding chairs — aside to entertain the troops.

9 p.m., USA


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National

Man under evaluation for alleged gun threat at…

A man who allegedly threatened to open fire in the building that houses the Los Angeles Times' headquarters was being held in custody for a mental evaluation.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.