TV picks: Thursday, Dec. 20

It's T-shirt time one last time for the "Jersey Shore" gang.

“Jersey Shore”

REALITY. So long, meatballs — after six seasons of GTL, grenades and T-shirt time, the self-proclaimed guidos and guidettes who ruled Seaside Heights, N.J. — with minor detours attempting to look legit in South Beach and Italy — are closing the “Shore” house for good. A toast to MTV’s most unlikely celebrity housemates (at least since “The Real World” first bunked seven strangers under one roof) and the engagements, babies and sobriety that they have seen these last three years. But mot importantly, we must give our thanks to the cast for expanding our vocabulary — may you all live long, mint lives in accordance with girl/guy code.

Series finale, 10 p.m., MTV

“The X Factor”

REALITY. Five million bucks. That’s the size of the recording contract girl group Fifth Harmony, country singer Tate Stevens and young Carly Rose Sonenclar could walk home with tonight — and how much Fox hopes you actually love the winner the voting audience has chosen.

Season finale, 8 p.m., Fox

“CMA Country Christmas”

SPECIAL. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts this down-home holiday celebration with appearances by Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, Keith Urban and more.

9 p.m., ABC

Breaking: News

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A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…


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See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

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U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.


Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.


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2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.