Miss Universe, 7-10 p.m., Fox.
Back in July, the
Miss USA pageant proceeded amid chaos. NBC co-owned the pageant (and
Miss Universe) with Donald Trump, but refused to air it after his
immigration comments. It ended up on Reelz; where few people saw
Olivia Jordan – a 5-foot-11 actress from Tulsa -- crowned.
Now the pageants
have been sold to WME-IMG and are ready for a fresh start; Jordan is
one of 80 contestants in Las Vegas. Steve Harvey hosts; Seal, Charlie
Puth and The Band Perry perform.
II: “The Sound of Music” (1965) sing-along, 7-11 p.m., ABC.
A half-century ago,
Hollywood had almost forgotten Broadway musicals. Then this arrived
with a so-so story, but the right star (Julie Andrews, fresh from her
“Mary Poppins” Oscar), gorgeous backdrops and the soaring
It won five Academy
Awards (including best picture), was nominated for five more
(including Andrews) and keeps return. This time, we can sing along,
with the words on the screen.
ALTERNATIVE: James Bond films, cable.
Christmastime, people love Bond. Tonight, we can choose between the
Daniel Craig version (tougher, more intense, less charming) and the
Pierce Brosnan one (more fun).
Brosnan's “The World is Not
Enough” (1999) is 5 p.m. and 2 a.m. on BBC America; try to forgive
the casting of Denise Richards as a nuclear physicis in hotpants.
Craig's first Bond, “Casino Royale” (2006), is 8 and 11 p.m. on
BBC America; it overcomes an overwrought opener and a so-so poker
scene; his third, “Skyfall” (2012) is 6-9 p.m. on Syfy.
Football preview, 7
p.m. ET, and game, 8:20 , NBC. Using its “flex-schedule” option,
NBC dumped the Bengal-49ers game, which was moved to 4:25 p.m. ET on
CBS. Instead, it has Arizona at Philadelphia. The Cardinals (11-2)
could cinch their division title today; the Eagles are only 6-7, but
they've won two straight and are tied for first in their division.
(1984), 7:25 p.m., Comedy Central. This one is always fun for kids or
grown-ups, mixing sight gags with the droll wit of Bill Murray and
season-opener, 8:30 p.m. (or later, with football overrun), CBS. The
“sauce king of Cincinnati” -- with 66 Buffalo Wings & Rings
sites – goes undercover. There will be two more Sunday episodes,
before “Boss” takes a temporary spot on Fridays.
9:30 (or later), CBS. This reruns a strong episode from last March,
with Elizabeth flying to Iran, hoping to prevent a coup.
Badlands,” 10 p.m., AMC. The brief first season of this visually
impressive (albeit violent) series concludes, with Sunny and his
protege trying to escape the baron's grip. There were only five
previous hours and you can catch them all, starting at 5 p.m.
10:30 (or later), CBS. A cyber-Robin Hood steals from banks and gives
to the poor.
Christmas Carol,” 11:30 p.m., ABC Family. Record this half-hour gem
and watch it during a mellow moment. There are few laughs for the
kids, but the visuals are gorgeous. This follows the zillionth run of
two good comedies -- “Christmas Vacation” (1989) at 7 p.m. and
“Elf” (2003) at 9:15.