WATCH THIS:

  • "The Michael J. Fox Show" (9:30 p.m., NBC): Guest-star alert: Pop star Sting drops in on tonight's episode. He's part of a Christmas surprise arranged by Betsy for Mike. Alas, it could all be ruined when Mike learns that he has to work on Christmas Eve.

  • "Scandal" (10 p.m., ABC): We're still reeling from last week's bizarre episode, in which Huck used his collection of torture tools on Quinn, and we learned that Olivia's father may actually be the more sane of her parents. Now comes the show's winter finale. So what more can "Scandal" do to amp up the crazy?

    Also Thursday:

  • "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS)

  • "The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., The CW)

  • "The X Factor" (8 p.m., Fox)

  • "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC)

  • "The Crazy Ones" (9 p.m., CBS)

  • "Elementary" (10 p.m., CBS)

  • "Parenthood" (10 p.m., NBC)

    Contact Chuck Barney at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.ChuckBarney, or Twitter.com/chuckbarney