“CMA Country Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
Each year, the
Country Music Association assembles many of its stars do Christmas
songs. This year, it has plenty of them – Brad Paisley, Rascal
Flatts, Chris Young, Trisha Yearwood, Brett Eldredge, Kelsea
Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves and host Jennifer Nettles.
But it also adds
other genres. Tonight, we get “Voice” winner Jordan Smith,
Broadway's Idina Menzel, contemporary Christian star Amy Grant and
pop's Kelly Clarkson, Andra Day and Sarah McLachlan.
“Supergirl,” 8 p.m., CW.
On some levels, this
is just your typical batch of supertroubles. Kara's mother – Helen
Slater, who starred in the 1984 “Supergirl” movie – is in town,
insisting that Mon El is attracted to Kara. Also, there's an
alien-killing virus; to stop it, Kara needs help from Lena Luthor,
At the end of the
hour, however, we're thrust into a bigger crisis: Barry Allen and
Cisco Ramon (both from “The Flash”) arrive; their city is being
invaded by evil aliens and they need help. That launches a
four-series crossover that will continue (at 8 p.m. nightly) through
ALTERNATIVE: “Jane the Virgin,” 9 p.m., CW.
As long as you're
watching CW (to see the start of the superhero crossover), stick
around for a show that's different, but fun. This is a
comedy-drama-romance that can shift tones easily; tonight, while Jane
learns about mystery-writing, it takes some clever, Hitchcock-style
There are slight
nods to the master's movies, as Rafael searches for secrets about his
life. Other stories – about Jane's dad and her cousin Catalina –
are merely OK, but the mystery elements work well.
-- “Fred Claus”
(2007) and “The Holiday” (2006), 5:30 and 8 p.m., Freeform. Three
days before starting its annual “25 Days of Christmas,” Freeform
gives us Vince Vaughn as Santa's slacker brother and then Kate
Winslet and Cameron Diaz swapping houses for the holiday. By Winslet
standards, these are forgettable; by Christmas-movie standards,
they're fairly good.
-- “The Voice,”
8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Miley Cyrus is getting used to seeing her people
in the bottom two. Two weeks ago, she had one person (Aaron Gibson),
who was saved; last week, she had both of them – with Gibson saved
(again) and Darby Walker sent home. Now the top 10 singers compete.
-- “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here's a transplanted rerun of last year's
Thanksgiving episode. It's a good (but not great) one, with Sheldon
and Amy trying just-friends time at the aquarium.
-- “Kevin Can
Wait,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Kevin figures he'll get away with hiring
someone else to do his chores, while he plays with his friends. The
result strains too hard, but is fairly funny. It's followed at 9 by a
rerun of the disappointing pilot film for “Man With a Plan.”
-- “Lucifer,” 9
p.m., Fox. Lucifer knows that sinking feeling that comes when your
mom escapes from Hell and tries to sabotage your world. Now she's
trying to turn Chloe against him.
-- “Mars,” 9
p.m., National Geographic. Last week's episode (rerunning at 8 p.m.),
was sharp, smart and involving. After landing far from their target,
crew members tried to take their injured captain to safety. Tonight,
the struggle for shelter continues.
10:01 p.m., NBC. After seeing “Mars,” you can switch here for
some more space drama. Flynn has time-trekked to 1969, where he could
disrupt the Apollo 11 moon landing.