“Sons of Anarchy” finale, 10 p.m., FX.
powerhouse seasons, “Sons” has captured the extremes. At its
best, it's juggled strong action and richly layered characters; at
its worst, it's been brutal and sadistic.
That peaked after
Jemma killed her daughter-in-law and lied about who did it,
propelling her son Jax to misguided vengeance. In last week's moving
episode, he killed her and her friend (a semi-retired cop), while his
biker club went on other shooting sprees. Tonight, he tries to sort
things out. Expect it to be long (almost two hours, followed by talk
and a 1 a.m. rerun) and potent.
II: “The Voice,” 8 p.m., NBC.
On Monday, five
people sang and viewers voted; now we'll learn which three advance.
Then comes the extra
step: The nine people most recently ousted will get one one more
chance and viewers will vote again; next Monday, one will join the
others for the final-four showdown.
ALTERNATIVE: “Song by Song,” 10 p.m. ET, Ovation.
Lindsey Stirling had
an art form with no audience. “No one was interested in the
violin-dance thing,” she says in this fascinating film. She dances
while playing, confounding some; on “America's Got Talent,” Piers
Morgan said her music “sounded like a bunch of rats being
Then Devin Graham, a
fellow Brigham Young University student, turned her “Crystallize”
into a stunning video at Ice Castles in Colorado. It's had 100
millionviews; overall, Stirling has topped 500 million, “She's made
her fortune by re-inventing the rules,” music journalist David Wild
Red-Nosed Reindeer” (CBS) or “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town”
(ABC), both 8 p.m. At 10 p.m., many grown-ups will be watching
violent bikers or under-clad models; first, kids get a turn.
Liars,” 8 p.m., ABC Family. At Christmastime, evil Alison gets
visions of the past, present and future. Also, the girls scheme to
avenge Mona and clear Spencer's name.
“New Girl,” 9
p.m., Fox. Trying to go home for the holidays, everyone's stuck in
the airport, surrounded by a storm. Billy Eichner, from the clever
“Billy on the Street,” plays an airport employee.
9 p.m., ABC Family. Grandparents (Ed Asner and Marion Ross) visit,
amid general confusion. They don't know that April, deep into
chemotherapy, has just broken up with her boyfriend. Or that her
sister is bisexual. It's a clumsy, so-so episode that adds an
arbitrary Christmas gimmick.
Fashion Show,” 10 p.m., CBS. After “Rudolph,” CBS gives kids an
hour to vanish. Then women strut in sleepwear, to music by Taylor
Swift, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier.
Special,” 10 p.m., NBC. Two weeks before the movie “Unbroken”
debuts, here's the real-life story. It tells of Louis Zamperini, a
former Olympics runner and college record-setter who was a World War
II bombardier, surving 47 days at sea and brutality in a
Guide to Divorce,” 10 p.m., Bravo. All talk of an amicable divorce
fades. After fracturing her career, Abby (Lisa Edelstein) fumes at
her husband's spending. Her friend (Janeane Garafolo) is in an
escalating dispute. The result – mostly drama, with a tad of comedy
– remains fairly entertaining.