“Mars” season-finale, 9 p.m., National Geographic.
by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, this six-week series has neatly
juggled two things – a fictional story of a Mars mission in 2033
and brief, documentary footage from nowadays. Tonight, you can catch
the three most-recent episodes from 6-9 p.m., then savor an emotional
A fierce storm has
struck, killing several people and destroying the food project.
Intermingled is the non-fiction story of the Apollo 13 near-disaster
in 1970, which left the space program in disarray.
“America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular,” 8-10 p.m., NBC.
Hey, nothing quite
says Christmas like a magician, a mindreader, a high-diver and The
who won this year's championship at age 12, will be there; so will
Jackie Evancho, who was the runner-up in 2010, at age 10. There are
also plenty of grown-ups, including Olae Dogs, The Clairvoyants and
Professor Splash diving into a pool of eggnog.
ALTERNATIVE: Oprah Winfrey special, 8 p.m., CBS.
A big admirer of the
Obamas before and during these past eight years, Winfrey now sits
down with Michelle Obama for her final White House interview.
And yes, this will
also be on cable's Oprah Winfrey Network. That will be at 9 p.m.
ALTERNATIVE II: “MacGyver,” 5 and 9 p.m. ET, MeTV; “Smoky
Mountains Rise,” 8 p.m. ET, GetTV.
networks are available on stations' digital platforms and elsewhere –
GetTV on DirecTV, MeTV on AT&T U-verse. They're strong on
memories ... as evidenced by MeTV bringing back the original
(1985-92) “MacGyver”; starting today, it airs at these times each
Now getTV adds a
more-recent rerun. Dolly Parton's telethon for the fire-ravaged
Smokys aired Tuesday, with music from country's Kenny Rogers, Reba
McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Alabama, Chris Young, Hank Williams Jr,
Big & Rich and more, plus Cyndi Lauper, Amy Grant and Michael W.
Football, 2:30 p.m.
ET, ESPN. The Miami Beach Bowl has Tulsa and Central Michigan. And
yes, if you're in Michigan this winter, Miami Beach sounds like fun.
Christmas Light Fight,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. The finale of this
three-week, six-hour series offers everything you might ask for –
hand-crafted animatronics, classic toys, a patriotic light-and-music
show and a two-acre display masterminded by a 15-year-old. Also, a
parrot sings “Jingle Bells.”
Honors,” 9 p.m., CW. In the slot where her “Jane the Virgin”
usually airs, Gina Rodriguez hosts an hour honoring Olympian Simone
Biles, Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, critical-care physician Dr.
Vanessa Kerry and more.
“Man With a Plan,”
9 p.m., CBS. With his wife Andi unavailable, Adam (Matt LeBlanc) must
guide his daughter through a key time. Also, Andi has a car ride with
an annoying talking toy.
debut, 10 p.m., NBC. Here's an advance episode of a game show that
steps into the 8 p.m. Tuesday spot next month. Chris Hardwick hosts
and two-person teams answer questions, unsure how much money the
giant, electroic wall will add or subtract.
Top Model,” 10 p.m., VH1. Last week, the show launched its new
version, with Tyra Banks staying as producer, but turning hosting
chores over to Rita Ora. It trimmed the field from 28 women to 14,
many with intriguing back stories. Tonight, they head to modeling