TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “A Home for the Holidays,” 8 p.m., CBS.
For three siblings, a summer camp was a rare opportunity to
meet; the rest of the year, they were scattered to different foster homes. Then
Tammy Gerber volunteered at the camp; she and her husband soon adopted all
three, ages 12, 9 and 8.
Such stories ripple through this annual special; one couple even
tells of deciding to adopt after seeing a previous “Home.” Alongside that is
lots of music from host Celine Dion, Chris Young and Ne-Yo.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The 10 Most Fascinating People of
2013,” 9:31-11 p.m., ABC.
As her retirement nears, Barbara Walters, 84, chooses her 21st
(and final, we’re told) “most-fascinating” list.
There are people who have done nothing (Baby George, William
and Kate’s son; also Kim Kardashian) and ones who have done a lot (Jennifer
Lawrence, also Kanye West, who’s paired with Kardashian). There are those who
stirred controversy (Miley Cyrus, Edward Snowden), sympathy (Robin Roberts) and
confusion (the “Duck Dynasty” clan), plus others being kept secret.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Mob City,” 9-11 p.m., TNT.
Wrapping up its first mini-season, this series – set in 1947
Los Angeles -- continues to juggle real and fictional characters.
On the fictional side are Jasmine, the Mob moll, and her
ex-husband Teague, the cop. She’s overlooked a detail that could put her in
danger; he tries to protect her.
Real-life is Bugsy Siegel, the mobster who molded Las Vegas
and wanted to control Los Angeles; also William Parker, the straight-arrow
police chief trying to tame a corrupt department. Tonight, Siegel faces a
trial; Parker sees his reforms wobble due to a violent massacre.
Other choices include:
“The X Factor,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. With their last chance to
grab votes before Thursday’s finale, we get three very different performers. Jeff
Gutt, 37, is a power-rocker from Detroit … Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton, both
22, are sweethearts and sweet singers from Florida … Carlito Olivero is an
energetic, bilingual rocker from Chicago.
“The Sing-off,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. The groups tackle songs from
movies. Then judges trim the field from six to four, with one more round
(Thursday) before Monday’s finale.
More music, 8 p.m. For current stars, CW has the “iHeart
Radio Jingle Ball.” Miley Cyrus – deemed fascinating by Barbara Walters, who was
63 when Cyrus was born – is joined by Robin Thicke, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis,
Pitbull, Fall Out Boy, Selena Gomez, Austin Mahone and more. For a classic, ABC
Family has “Mary Poppins” (1964), two days before “Saving Mr. Banks” opens,
detailing the film’s chaotic birth.
“The Goldbergs,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. Here’s a transplanted rerun
of a busy and funny episode. Barry gets to use the car, but only if he agrees
to phone his mom when he gets there. That isn’t so easy, in an era before cell
phones; the night spins wildly out of control.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Jay wants a quiet birthday;
naturally, he gets the opposite in this rerun.
“Michael Buble’s 3rd
Annual Christmas special,” 10 p.m., NBC. The young Canadian with a
classic-crooner voice adds guest stars who are talented (Mariah Carey, Mary J.
Blige) or hungry (Cookie Monster). Songs
range from the light-hearted “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the pensive
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. This rerun
finds the team, jolted by Hodges’ engagement to an Italian beauty, probing a
case involving a tennis star.