Don’t go looking for “Medium” tonight. A repeat of “The Mentalist” will air in its place. Now in its final season, “Medium” will air only half as many original episodes this year as normal. Canceled earlier by NBC, “Medium” was picked up by CBS and seemed to be a perfect fit with “The Ghost Whisperer.” Many were surprised last May when that series was axed and “Medium” survived, but you didn’t need to be a psychic detective to see the writing on the wall. At its best, “Medium” combined a preposterous and often violent storyline with a believable family setting. Like too many series, it has run about two seasons longer than it should have.
• Combine “MacGyver” and “Survivorman” and you’ll come up with something close to “Stuck With Hackett” (9 p.m., Science). The new series stars an intrepid engineer named Hackett never at a loss for solutions to any peculiar situation. Stuck in an abandoned gas station? Hackett shows how to beacon for help using a car-radio antennae. There’s no reason to roast in a desert tent with Hackett around. He demonstrates how to fashion a makeshift air-conditioner. The man even makes a stab at alchemy and comes up with something known as “mechanical gold.” Fans of science-friendly programming like “Mythbusters” should not miss this.
• Fans of Dickens’ Christmas Carol have two versions to choose from tonight. And I’m not talking about the Bill Murray “Scrooged” that AMC has run into the ground over the past few weeks. Reginald Owen stars in the 1938 Hollywood adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” (7 p.m., TCM), co-starring Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart and a very young June Lockhart (“Lassie,” “Lost in Space”) as one of Bob Cratchit’s daughters. Albert Finney plays the grasping miser in the 1970 version “Scrooge” (8:30 p.m., TCM).
Two of the best versions of the Scrooge story appear to have fallen out of favor with holiday programmers and simply don’t appear on any TV schedules. The 1962 animated musical “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol” was the first of the classic mid-century holiday cartoons, paving the way for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph.” Its memorable score was written by the team of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, who would later collaborate on “Funny Girl.”
But the most egregious omission from the holiday schedule is the 1951 “Christmas Carol,” starring Alastair Sim, a version that many consider the finest adaptation ever made.
Tonight’s other highlights
• Larry King serves as grand marshal of “The Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots” (7 a.m., Hallmark), taped Nov. 28.
• The clock ticks down the Twelve Days of Christmas on “Minute to Win it” (7 p.m., NBC).
• Dan returns to his greatest glory on “The Good Guys” (7 p.m., Fox). On the season finale (8 p.m.), restaurant patrons skip without paying and find themselves embroiled in danger.
• An off-duty officer’s slaying puts the force on edge on “Blue Bloods” (9 p.m., CBS).