TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Voice,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Blake Shelton performs tonight … which could be when his
winning streak ends.
He’s coached three straight champions, but last week his Ray
Boudreaux and CeeLo Green’s Caroline Pennell were ousted. That left Green with
no one and Shelton with only Cole Vosbury; Christina Aguilera has Jacquie Lee
and Matthew Schuler … and Adam Levine, Shelton’s friendly rival, has half the
final six: Will Champlin, James Wolpert and Tessane Chin.
Two more will go tonight, after some Christmas songs. Shelton
sings “Silver Bells” with Xenia and Kelly Clarkson sings “Underneath the Tree.”
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Mindy Project,” 9:30 p.m., Fox.
How desperate is Mindy to get together with Cliff? In a fun
episode, she throws a Christmas party for the entire building, just so she can
impress him by singing a sexy “Santa Baby.”
It’s a bad plan, of course. (If you want to be the sexiest
person, don’t invite Maria Menounos.) Or is it? And in the romantic-comedy
tradition, the audience knows Danny, not Cliff, is the one for Mindy.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Sons of Anarchy,” 10 p.m., FX.
With no Thanksgiving-week episode, viewers had extra time to
digest the fierce events: The long struggle between Jax and his step-father
Clay is over; Jax killed Clay and three Irish mobsters.
He planned it in a deal to get immunity for his biker club …
but doesn’t know the prosecutor is nixing the deal and cutting a new one with
his estranged wife, to destroy the club. Tonight, the aftershocks begin.
Other choices include:
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Billy Dee Williams plays
the World War II veteran Gibbs was named after.
“Dads,” 8 p.m., Fox. The Sachs guys really don’t take well
to Christmas. David (Peter Riegert) is the world’s grumpiest Santa; Eli (Seth
Green) tried to create a holiday videogame, only to have it sabotaged. That
sets off some misadventures that range from funny to crude or merely really
Noir night, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This
week, TNT launches “Mob City,” an ambitious miniseries (three Wednesdays, six
hours) in the “film noir” crime style. First, sister-channel TCM has noir
classics. “White Heat” (1949) and “The Roaring Twenties” (1939) – James Cagney
films directed by Raoul Walsh – are at 8 and 10 p.m., with “The Big Heat”
(1953) at midnight and “Key Largo” (1948) at 2 a.m.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. Faced with death
threats, the captain chooses Jake to be his bodyguard. The plot teeters toward
mere stupidity, before righting itself in the final minutes.
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. In a rerun of the season-opener,
Nick and Jess try a romantic vacation in Mexico.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the team is
undercover to probe an ambush tied to a cartel.
“Marshal Law: Texas,” 10 p.m., TNT. Like last week’s debut,
this reality hour leaves us admiring federal marshals’ no-surprises efficiency
… and realizing this doesn’t make for interesting drama.
“Chicago Fire,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Chief Walker is ready to
confront McLeod (Michelle Forbes), the official who is eyeing his firehouse to