“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m., ABC.
are a good thing ... if someone is rerunning greatness. So now –
for its second and final time this season – ABC has this 1965
classic, offering warmth, depth and sheer simplicity.
This time, the hour
is filled out with “Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales,” a 2002
collection of shorts, based on material in the “Peanuts” comic
strip. Then come “Prep & Landing” reruns at 9 and 9:30; quick
and high-tech, they're the opposite of “Charlie Brown” in every
way except being well-made.
II: “The Voice” finale, 9-11 p.m., NBC.
As the show chooses
its seventh champion, all we know for sure is that it will be a guy
and will be from somewhere in the Blake/Adam universe.
Women has won three
of the six titles, but this time there's an all-male final four.
Blake Shelton – who's already coached three champions – has Craig
Wayne Boyd, 35, who grew up in suburban Dallas. Adam Levine, who's
won twice, has the othetr three: Chris Jamison, 20, from Pittsburgh;
Matt McAndrew, 23, from the Jersey Shore; and Damien, 35, from
ALTERNATIVE: “Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas,” 8-9 p.m., NBC.
This all started
with the amiable “Elf” movie: Buddy never realized he's not an
elf. Stunned to learn he's adopted, he left the North Pole to search
for his biologic dad.
That became a
musical that had seasonal Broadway runs in 2010 and 2012; then its
songs were compacted into this animated hour. As it happens, the
songs are so-so (except for the zesty opener) and the script is weak.
Still, there's a neatly odd animation style and a good cast, led by
Junior” finale, 8 p.m., Fox. Like “Voice,” this has an all-male
finale. Ousted last week were Adaiah Stevens, 12, and the endlessly
cheery Abby Major, 8. That leaves two guys who have always seemed
like front-runners – Samuel Stroberg, 12, and Logan Guleff, 11.
8 and 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). In 1858, a 14-year-old girl
said she'd seen the Virgin Mary 18 times at a French riverside. The
Catholic church endorsed Lourdes as holy ground. Today it has a giant
basilica, chapels and medical office, with 350,000 people a year
bathing in the water. In this first hour (interesting, but
repetitive), author Bruce Feiler follows wounded American soldiers on
a pilgrimage. The second hour visits Japan, with four more hours on
the next two Tuesdays. “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. A week before
Christmas, Washington faces a citywide Internet shotdown. The team
huddles with three cyber-terrorists it put in prison.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. A murder victim was a retired SEAL, tracking
people who pretended to be military. After a sudden twist, Pride
heads to Afghanistan.
p.m., Syfy, rerunning at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. If you're planning to see
the first part (which reruns at 7:30 p.m.,), skip the rest of this
paragraph to avoid a spoiler. That opener started 51 years into a
100-year journey, with the crew expecting its offspring to populate a
new world. It was mostly so-so, but ended with a jolt: These people
were duped; the ship has been landlocked from the start.
p.m., ABC. Here's a rerun of the excellent pilot film. A New York
detective (Alana De La Garza) is fascinated by an all-knowing medical
examiner (Ioann Gruffudd) who can't stay dead.
“Real World,” 10
p.m., MTV. The 30th edition begins with seven strangers
sharing a loft in Chicago. It's sub-titled “skeletons,” because
each has a secret that will eventually be revealed by visitors.