TV column for Monday, Sept. 10


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“CMA Country Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.

When stars arrived
last month for the Country Music Association awards, many of them
stayed for an extra day. They taped this concert – a cheery, annual
one that gives holiday songs a Nashville flair.

Reba McEntire hosts
a night that has two Bretts (Eldredge and Young) and a Brad
(Paisley), plus Martina McBride, Dustin Lynch, the Isaacs, Old
Dominion and Dan + Shay. There are also people from beyond
country-music. They includes Amy Grant – whose Hallmark special was
set for tonight, then moved a week earlier -- plus Lindsey Stirling,
Michael W. Smith and Tony Bennett with Diana Krall.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
II: “No Sleep Til Christmas,” 9-11 p.m., Freeform.

Lizzie is a
big-money event planner with a well-controlled life; Billy is a
small-money bartender with an uncontrolled life. What they share is
trouble sleeping; then Lizzie – desperate to get some rest before
her New Year's Eve wedding – suggests that they become platonic
sleepmates.

Like the other new
Freeform films (“The Truth About Christmas” and “Life-Size 2”),
this has a good concept, a clever script and strong production
values. The others are poorly cast and too frantic; “Sleep,” by
comparison, gets great work from Odette Annable and her husband Dave.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Arrow,” 8 p.m., CW.

We all know how
annoying it is to wake up in someone else's body and then find the
other guy now occupying our body and we try to explain it to our
friends but they don't understand and ....

OK, maybe we don't
know what it's like. But that's what happened to Oliver and Barry
(Green Arrow and The Flash) on Sunday. Tonight – in the mid-section
of a three-night crossover – they join Supergirl on a trip to
Gotham City ... where they're pointed toward the notorious Arkham
Asylum.

Other choices
include:

“Explorer” (6
p.m. and 1 a.m. ET) and “Mars” (9 p.m. and midnight ET), National
Geographic. First, “Explorer” includes one of the real-life
proposals for a Mars mission – an attempt at human hibernation.
Then we see the the fictional Mars mission. Last week (rerunning at 7
p.m. ET), a mysterious illness spread through the colonies; this
week, the first baby is born on Mars.

“The Voice,”
8-10 p.m., NBC. Last week, both of Adam Levine's singers were plunked
into the bottom three. Reagan Strange got viewers' instant save;
DeAndre Nico was ousted, along with Dave Fenley from Blake Shelton's
team. Now we're a week from the two-night finale; Kelly Clarkson
still has three singers, Shelton and Jennifer Hudson have two apiece,
Levine has only Strange.

“The
Neighborhood,” 8 p.m., CBS. Malcolm has been robbed of his
sneakers, spurring strong reactions. His dad tries to find the
culprit; his mom offers a hard-core lesson in self-defense.

“Magnum P.I.,” 9
p.m., CBS. Rick's lover (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) has been running an
illegal poker game. After it's robbed, she owes the Mob a fortune.

“9-1-1,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. This reruns the third episode for Jennifer Love Hewitt. As
Maddie, the new dispatcher, she goes on a ride-along with Athena
(Angela Bassett).

“Pentatonix: A Not
So Silent Night,” 10 p.m., NBC. It's the third special for the a
capella group. This one is from Las Vegas, with Clarkson, Maren
Morris, the Backstreet Boys and Penn & Teller.

“The Great
Christmas Light Fight,” 10 p.m., ABC. To make room for the
country-music special, this week's edition is shorter and later than
usual. It will focus on some of the past's top light displays.