“Survivor” and “Hell's Kitchen” finales, 8-10 p.m., CBS and
down to its final five, after Baylor Wilson convinced her mom (Missy
Payne, suffering a tough ankle injury) to break their pact with Jon
Misch. Jaclyn Schultz (Misch's fiancee) remains in the hunt for the
million-dollar prize, with Keith Nale and Natalie Anderson; a reunion
hour follows at 10.
Kitchen” has its final four – Sade Dancy, 25; Bryant Gallaher,
29; Jennifer Salhoff and La Tasha McCutcheon, both 33 – taking
turns in charge of a fast-paced dinner service ... while they're
tested by deliberate mistakes. Then Gordon Ramsay chooses two for the
second and final hour.
II: “The Sing-Off,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
competition grows and shrinks at NBC's whim. It had four episodes the
first season, then five, then 11 ... then vanished in 2012. It had
seven last year, but now shrinks to this two-hour special.
Throughout, it's had
superb groups, singing a capella. There are six this year, rangng
from gospel to pop. Also performing: 2011 winner Pentatonix, 2013
winner Home Free (linking with host Nick Lachey) and the judges --
Jewel, Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy).
ALTERNATIVE: “The 100” mid-season finale, 9 p.m., CW.
Desperate to save
Clarke, Finn went on a shooting spree, killing 18 “grounders.”
Bad move; now these “sky people” (newly returned to Earth) are
told: Hand over Finn or see everyone massacred.
It's a tense time
for everyone ... including viewers, who have already seen that this
show is willing to kill main characters. Now we learn why Finn was
sentenced; then comes a powerhouse moment.
“The Normal Heart”
(2014), 7:15 p.m., HBO. This intense film (about early days of the
AIDS crisis) has three Golden Globe nominations – best movie or
mini-series and actors Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer. It already had
Emmys for best movie and make-up, plus 10 nominations, six for its
Christmas in New York,” 8 p.m., NBC. Buble goes to Radio City Music
Hall, joined by two grand divas – Barbra Streisand and Miss Piggy.
Ariana Grande is also there, plus the Rockettes.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. An all-rerun ABC night starts with last year's Christmas
episode: Sue is allergic to the tree, Axl whould rather be with his
friends and Brick has a sort of Ponzi scheme.
(1954, AMC) or “A Christmas Carol” (1999, TNT). The “White
Christmas” song actually debuted in the 1942 “Holiday Inn,”
which was partly remade into this musical, with Bing Crosby and Danny
Kaye. For a superb holiday film, catch Patrick Stewart's brilliant
work in “Carol.”
8:30, ABC. Barry's mom doesn't want him on the wrestling team. His
father and grandfather offer a semi-solution: Lie about it.
9 p.m., ABC. Here's last year's Christmas episode, with Jay and Manny
heading out to chop down a Christmas tree. Meanwhile, Mitchell
scrambles after getting Lily the wrong gift.
9:31-11 p.m., ABC. A three-rerun string has, among other things,
Andre encouraging his son to have more black friends and giving him a
botched version of a sex talk.