What’s On Tonight: Our torrid winter Affair in the Homeland comes to an end

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, December 20. All times are Eastern.

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Homeland (Showtime, 9 p.m.) and The Affair (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Christmas is less than a week away, and the last of the scripted programming is scrambling to get its work done before the holidays. Tonight, those programs are Showtime’s flagship dramas, which come to the end of their respective fifth and second seasons, and can rest easy already knowing that they’ll be back in 2016. However, they’re likely sweating their final performance reviews from us, as it’s been decidedly mixed seasons for both with some spectacular highs and some head-scratching lows. Homeland, as Joshua Alston summed up, “can feel like inessential bullshit one minute, then like the most riveting show on television the next.” The Affair, according to Carrie Raisler, “only [wants] to deal …

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