TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
This is finale week for the singing competitions, first
“Voice” and then (Wednesday and Thursday) “X Factor.” Each has its final three
acts get one last chance to impress voters, with the results the next day.
For “Voice,” Blake Shelton has been shut out, after coaching
three straight champions. Adam Levine – the only other person to coach a winner
– has Tessane Chin and Will Champlin; Christina Aguilera has Jacquie Lee.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas,” 9
The overeager Sid (John Leguizamo) manages to break Manny’s
favorite ornament and (on Christmas Eve, no less) destroy Santa’s workshop.
Ellie and Diego (Queen Latifah and Denis Leary) rush to help.
It’s a fun rerun, on a night when families don’t need cable
to catch animation. Fox follows at 9:30 with “Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury”;
from 8-9 p.m., you can catch catch two clever “Prep & Landing” tales on ABC
or “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” on CW.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Double features, cable.
Here’s some more family fun, this time putting a film
(strong on sight gags) and its sequel back-to-back.
FX has “Night at the Museum” (2006) at 6 p.m. and “Night at
the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009) at 9. ABC Family has Tim Allen’s
terrific “The Santa Clause” (1994) at 7 p.m. and the OK “Santa Clause 2” (2002)
Other choices include:
“Almost Human,” 8 p.m., Fox. Set in 2048, this gives us a
problem we needn’t worry about (yet). There’s a black market for mechanical
hearts, which are being stolen from people. Also, the hearts can be shut off by
“Home Alone” (1980), 8 and 10:30
p.m., AMC. Here’s another family delight, filled with great sight gags.
“Mermaids: The Body Found – Extended Cut,” 8 and 10 p.m., Animal
Planet. Stylishly filmed but oddly conceived, this pretends to be a documentary
about the discovery and cover-up of actual mermaids.
“2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Caroline has a great
make-out session with Max’s teacher (Gilles Marini), then has a reason to
“Mike & Molly,” 9 p.m., CBS. Mike, a cop, ponders
life-changing decisions after being shot during a robbery.
“Mom,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. Christy has ended her affair with a
co-worker, but now her mother starts one with the boss, Chef Rudy (French
“Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Forgive the first couple minutes, which have generic verbiage about theater and
life. Once that ends, we get portraits of two fascinating young playwrights as
their shows are mounted. Terrell McCraney, young and black and gay, grew up in
Miami’s inner city; Rajiv Joseph, with Indian-American roots, grew up in
Cleveland and spent three Peace Corps years in Africa. We see their works take
“The Sing-off,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. The seven remaining groups
sing hits from the past.