“The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
On a night stuffed
with reruns, here's one of the few new shows on a broadcast network.
Wrapping up a a
three-week, six-hour series, it shows people taking Christmas
decorations to the extreme. In Clayton, N.C., for instance, one
family has a shooting star, an orchestra of trees, a bridge and a
great sprawl of outdoor decorations.
II: “State of Affairs,” 10 p.m., NBC.
(Katherine Heigl) is in Qatar with the President, who gives her a key
assignment: Find out if the man who infiltrated the embassy, claiming
to be in the CIA, is telling the truth.
There's more: Nick,
the tough adventurer, is interrogated brutally. Also, Charleston goes
to dangerous extremes to remember what happened the night her fiance
(the president's son) was killed.
ALTERNATIVE: “Miracle on 34th Street,” 6:30 p.m.
(1947) and 8:45 p.m. (1994), AMC.
Separated by almost
a half-century, here are two versions of the same story. It's
fashionable to say the original – shorter, filmed in
black-and-white – is better. It has an ideal cast, with Maureen
O'Hara, Natalie Wood (then 9) and Edmund Gwenn, who won an Oscar as
the man claiming to be Kris Kringle.
Still, the remake
looks gorgeous and feels livelier. Richard Attenborough, an
Oscar-winning director for “Gandhi,” is a great Kringle; Mara
Wilson, then 7, glows as his true believer.
“A Saturday Night
Live Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Christmas sketches are rerun.
“The iHeart Radio
Jingo Ball,” 8-9:30 p.m., CW. Most Mondays, viewers are watching
“The Voice.” That has finished this edition (Craig Wayne Boyd
won), but fans can catch two of its judges here. Pharrell Williams
performs; so (as part of Maroon 5) does Adam Levine, who had three of
the four “Voice” finalists, but still lost to Blake Shelton. Also
in this rerun: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Charli XCX,
Jessi J, One Republic, 5 Seconds of Summer and more.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. This transplanted rerun has some big laughs,
as the guys ponder becoming part-owners of Stuart's comic-book story.
Also, Raj's new girlfriend is oddly cold to Penny.
Molly,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. In CBS' only new episode tonight, Mike
assures Molly he'll be home for Christmas Eve dinner. Instead, he and
his police partner end up in the back of a stolen van.
p.m., CBS. Working a Las Vegas job, Walter is arrested for robbery.
9 p.m., TNT. Someone in a Santa suit has robbed a bank ... timing it
perfectly, when there's a flash mob of Santas nearby.
Angeles,” 9:59 p.m., CBS. Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy” and
“Gossip Girl”) plays a senator's daughter who survives an attack.
The team must get her home and learn why she was targeted.
finale, 10 and 10:30 p.m., FX. Fueled by Charlie Sheen's implosion,
this comedy started strong, then faded. Its deal called for 100
episodes; they were rushed out in two-and-a-half years, double the
usual pace. Here are No. 99 and 100; Charlie, a therapist, makes a